New site reveals earnings of California graduates by program

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California's community colleges have published the median earnings of graduates who went straight into the workforce after earning a certificate or associate degree -- pay that varies widely by the field of study.

Students interested in studying dramatic arts, for instance, can check the college system's Salary Surfer website and see the median earnings of degree holders were just $15,000 five years after graduating -- compared with $76,600 for those with a certificate in diagnostic medical sonography.

They can also click on a particular field to find which of the state's 112 colleges offer related programs.

"I do think it tells a very powerful story that's never been available before," said David Rattray, president of UNITE-LA, a nonprofit affiliate of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

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