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Operations Management: One of the Top Two Academic Programs for Employment, Gray Associates Analysis Shows

Operations Management and Supervision tied for the title of the academic program with the best employment opportunities for college graduates nationwide, according to an analysis by Gray Associates, a higher education strategy consulting firm.  To identify the winners, Gray scored over 1,400 academic programs on their employment potential using metrics on total employment, job openings, job postings and wages from Burning Glass Technologies, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Community Survey and the U.S. Department of Education.

“Employment is a critical dimension of program evaluation that college and university leaders and faculty should use to assess their academic program portfolios,” said Gray CEO Robert Atkins.  “However, institutions cannot rely solely on BLS data to get a reliable picture of the job market.”

Because it is based on a survey, BLS employment data is always a year or two out of date by the time it is published and used, Mr. Atkins explained.  In addition, BLS growth forecasts are usually off by 50 percent or more.  “That is why we combine BLS with Burning Glass Technologies’ job postings, American Community Survey data on wages, and other sources to provide a more complete and current picture of employer’s needs.”

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