Understanding Data Limitations


This tool is based on available public data sources with important data limitations that should be understood before deriving conclusions from analysis:


  • Earnings data are not provided for graduates employed outside of Texas, with the exception of some federal employees.

  • Earnings data are not provided for graduates who are self-employed.

  • Programs with fewer than four graduates found working are suppressed to ensure FERPA compliance.

  • Programs without earnings data are removed to more accurately reflect averages.

  • After graduation some students will choose to continue their education which can generate lower earnings averages.

  • The data provided are initial earnings which may not represent long-term income prospects.

  • Individuals have different strengths and goals and these will have influence over earnings after graduation.

  • Earnings and the job market do vary across the state.