Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Committee Chair

Taniguchi, Hiromi

Author's Keywords

Overqualification; Overeducation


Underemployment; College graduates-- Employment


The rate of overqualification, defined as a person having more education or skills than their job requires them to have, has continued to grow since the issue was first identified as a significant problem. Though evidence that suggests the rate of overqualification has continued to grow, American sociologists have shown little interest in the area in most recent years while their international counterparts have looked at the issue in abundance. This study finds thatthe amount of the workforce overqualified for their jobs from 1972- 2010 has steadily increased and possible predictors of the issue are addressed. The region where one lives and parents' education may be significantly related to overqualification. In addition, a curvilinear regression analysis shows an interesting trend that occurs with overqualification and age. From binary regression analyses and a curvilinear analysis of overqualification surprising results that do not support theory and other expected hypotheses are found.