Generations At Work
Lifestyle By Generation
Work Values & Attitudes
Education By Generation
Jobs By Generation
Pay By Generation
Younger generations aren't just more likely to go to college; they bring a wide variety of skills to the table. How are employers using the different strengths unique to each generation?
Most Common Majors By Generation
Over the years, different generations have chosen different majors to prepare them for the job market they were preparing to enter. Find out which subjects were especially popular with Boomers, Gen X-ers and Millennials.
Gen Y
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Entrepreneurship & Marketing
Gen Y has a reputation for being entrepreneurial in spirit, and it's reflected in the fact that they are 9.85 times more likely to study entrepreneurship and marketing than Gen Xers or Baby Boomers.


Rank Major Median Pay
(Bachelor's Degree Only)
Relative
Ratio
1 Entrepreneurship & Marketing $39,800 9.45
2 Global Studies $35,200 8.31
3 Journalism & Electronic Media $38,500 7.60
4 Neuroscience $42,200 6.70
5 Biomedical Engineering (BME) $59,900 6.53
6 Fashion Marketing & Management $35,800 6.20
7 Quantitative Economics $53,500 5.70
8 Actuarial Mathematics $59,700 5.41
9 Middle School Education $33,000 4.88
10 Professional Writing $39,000 4.43
Gen X
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Professional Aeronautics
The 1969 moon landing obviously had a big impact on Generation X. It probably inspired the fact that Gen Xers are 4.10 times more likely to study aeronautics than other generations.


Rank Major Median Pay
(Bachelor's Degree Only)
Relative
Ratio
1 Professional Aeronautics $71,200 4.10
2 Commerce Economics $67,000 3.86
3 Workforce Education & Development $68,100 3.39
4 Information & Decision Sciences $90,500 2.69
5 Transportation & Logistics Management $73,800 2.53
6 Cybersecurity $63,900 2.39
7 Human Services Management $33,100 2.12
8 Wildlife & Fisheries Science $53,900 2.01
9 Marine Science $58,700 1.91
10 Organizational Management $52,000 1.88
Boomers
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Home Economics
Today's high school students are more likely to learn how to build a computer than how to run a household, but Baby Boomers are 18.18 times more likely to have studied Home Economics than younger generations.
Rank Major Median Pay
(Bachelor's Degree Only)
Relative
Ratio
1 Home Economics $46,600 18.18
2 Business Teacher Education $43,000 13.13
3 Mental Health Counseling $32,700 5.15
4 Education $50,300 3.91
5 Commercial Art $51,700 3.86
6 Forestry Management $62,300 3.79
7 Counseling $38,700 3.35
8 Physical Education Teaching $52,300 3.33
9 Organizational Behavior $69,000 3.29
10 Art Teacher Education $44,900 3.02
Most Common Skills
By Generation
Different generations bring different skillsets to the table - that's why it's so important to create a diverse workforce. Which skills are most common to each generation?
Gen Y
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Press Releases
They're using social media all the time anyway, so is it really a surprise that Gen Y is 7.85 times more likely to be able to get the word out about your brand?


Rank Skill Median Pay
(Bachelor's Degree Only)
Relative
Ratio
1 Press Releases $35,500 7.83
2 Blogging $37,300 6.66
3 SPSS $45,100 5.97
4 Matlab $60,300 5.95
5 Chinese, Mandarin Language $40,500 5.79
6 Social Media Optimization $38,900 5.46
7 Django $62,200 5.10
8 Wordpress $40,900 4.33
9 Social Media Marketing $37,900 4.14
10 Email Marketing $39,400 4.05
Gen X
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Enterprise Solutions
Of course Gen Xers are 4.04 times more likely to be pros at using technology to drive profit – they invented startups during the first dot com boom.


Rank Skill Median Pay
(Bachelor's Degree Only)
Relative
Ratio
1 - tie Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) $123,800 4.04
1 - tie Enterprise Solutions $128,700 4.04
3 Storage Management $99,000 3.95
4 Software Architecture $128,100 3.51
5 UNIX Network Administration $105,700 3.45
6 Software Development Management $139,600 3.23
7 RDMS $65,000 3.08
8 ETL (Extract, transform, load) $100,300 3.07
9 Cloud Computing $127,700 3.06
10 Citrix MetaFrame $75,200 3.04
Boomers
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RPGLE
Younger generations may not even know what RPGLE is (it's an older computer language), but Baby Boomers are 4.40 times more likely to list it as a skill.
Rank Skill Median Pay
(Bachelor's Degree Only)
Relative
Ratio
1 RPGLE $72,800 4.40
2 Diabetes Educator $62,400 4.25
3 JCL $90,600 4.21
4 Utilization Review (UR) $70,800 4.05
5 Bereavement Counseling $43,300 3.96
6 Hospice Care $60,200 3.81
7 Gynecology $75,800 3.61
8 Occupational Health $71,900 3.37
9 Plant Maintenance $76,700 3.28
10 Fossil Fuel Energy / Fossil Fuel Power $114,700 3.14
Salary By Education Level & Generation
A bachelor's degree used to be a big deal, but now the bare minimum for many jobs. See how educational trends have shifted over time and how much of an impact different levels of education have on the salaries of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.

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