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National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) of College Graduates, 1967-1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Murnane, Richard
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
career change; career choice; career development; career history; careers; demographic characteristics; educational background; employment; job change; job mobility; occupations; teacher employment; teacher salaries; teachers; teaching (occupation); teaching conditions
  • Abstract

    This collection is based upon data from three national longitudinal surveys administered by the United States Census Bureau and is intended for research into career histories and decisions of young men and women who graduated from college between 1967 and 1985. Several research questions are explored including the following: (1) Who, among college graduates, entered teaching? (2) Of those who entered teaching, who stayed, and for how long? (3) What do teachers do when they leave teaching and from which occupations are they most likely to return to teaching? (4) Do the career patterns of teachers and potential teachers differ by race, gender, age, college major, or IQ score? (5) Have there been changes in teacher career patterns over time? This data file contains 154 variables in four categories: individual characteristics (birth year, race, IQ score, Armed Forces Qualifications Test, gender, and dependents), educational characteristics (year of graduation, major field of study), employment characteristics (employment status, job, job status, salary), and teaching status (whether the graduate taught within five years of graduation, year began teaching, career status, length of first teaching job, year left teaching, reason for leaving teaching, second teaching job length, year returned to teaching).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1967 / 1985
    Time period: 1967--1985
  • 1966 / 1987
    Collection date: 1966--1987
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All college graduates in the United States between 1967 and 1985.
Collection Mode
  • This data collection includes only those college graduates whose race was classified as black or white. The NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS OF LABOR MARKET EXPERIENCE data files, from which these data were taken, are available through ICPSR under study number 7610.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9390 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09390.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Murnane, Richard (1990): National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) of College Graduates, 1967-1985. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.