Career and Student Employment Services surveyed all (N=5049) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2015 and June 2016. Data was obtained for 75% of the population (N=3766).
92% of WMU graduates were actively engaged within three months of graduation.
“Active engagement” is defined as full-time employment (including self-employment and post-graduate internships/fellowships); part-time employment; military service; volunteering full time, and continuing education. Categories not included in active engagement are unemployed and seeking employment, and not seeking employment.
Primary Activity Summary
|Employed full time||N=2686||71%|
|Employed part time||N=210||6%|
|Volunteering full time||N=16||0.4%|
|Not Actively Engaged||N=296||8%|
|Unemployed and seeking||N=258||7%|
|Not seeking employment||N=38||1%|
Full-Time Employment Highlights
- 71% of respondents were employed full time.
- The median salary was $40,000–$45,000 based on 1690 reported salaries.
- 84% have a job that is related to their degree.
- 88% are satisfied with their job.
- 76% work in Michigan; 22% work in 44 other U.S. states; and 2% work in 20 countries outside the U.S.
- 14% of respondents are pursuing further education after graduating from WMU.
- 51% are continuing education at WMU, and the remaining 49% will attend 128 different institutions.
- 80% of respondents completed an experiential education activity at WMU.
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Post-graduation activity by college, Major, and program
Interdisciplinary Programs: Evaluation, Health Informatics and Information Management, Telecommunications and Information Management, University Studies