Trends & Insights

As the higher education landscape changes, Optimal seeks to provide data-driven studies on important topics across our sites. Our studies use proprietary research and in-depth analysis.

Pandemic Worsened Perennial Teacher Shortages, But No Nationwide Exodus From Education Yet

By Shadi Bushra | Updated 8/1/2022

The exodus of teachers that many thought the pandemic would trigger has yet to happen.

Majors where HBCU grads earn higher than average starting salaries

By Taylor Nichols | Updated 8/11/2022

Data shows that HBCU grads can earn more than average for their field of study in these seven majors.

Pandemic pushes Amazon to #1 largest employer for recent college graduates

By Taylor Nichols | Updated 7/12/2022

Amazon became the largest employer for recent bachelor's grads. Here's a look at the top degrees and most popular jobs for grads at Amazon.

Status of Biden's Student Loan Relief Promises to Young Voters

By Shadi Bushra | Updated 6/28/2022

Biden's actions on student loan crisis, from processing backlog of loan forgiveness applications left by Trump, to canceling debts from predatory schools

Attention, Class of 2022: These are the top 25 employers for recent grads

By Taylor Nichols | Updated 6/27/2022

We took a look at where 550,000+ recent college graduates worked one year after earning their degree to find out which companies offer the best chances at a job out of college.

25 Best Jesuit Colleges and Universities by Salary Outcomes

By Shadi Bushra | Updated 6/13/2022

Analysis of Jesuit colleges found that their average salary outcomes are stronger than national median salaries

College Majors with the Best First Year Salaries in 2022

By Taylor Nichols | Updated 6/9/2022

Engineering and CIS Lead the Pack, with Other STEM Fields Not Far Behind

Two Years After Economic Shock, Some Sectors Still Can’t Fill Vacancies as U.S. Surpasses 11.5 Million Open Jobs

By Shadi Bushra | Updated 6/8/2022

All private sectors saw higher job vacancy rates in March 2022 vs. March 2020; Mining and logging, manufacturing, education and health, and leisure hurt the most.

The Best Law Schools for Alumni Salary in 2022

By Taylor Nichols | Updated 6/9/2022

College is a significant investment, especially for law students. This list highlights law schools where alumni see the highest starting salaries.

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