This is the report I mentioned in class conducted by Nielsen Norman Group that surveyed nearly 1000 UX professionals. It has some interesting information for those seeking entry into the profession.
User Experience Careers
This 189-page free report analyzes how UX pros educated and trained themselves for their careers. We surveyed 963 people working in the field to find out what they do at work, what is most useful to know, and which kinds of people thrive in UX research, interaction design, and information architecture.