Career outcomes for WMU students

You worked hard in classes, group projects, internships and individual research—now it’s your time to prosper in a meaningful career. For nine out of 10 Western grads, they got that job or got into that graduate school program shortly after graduation. If you take a closer look below, not only will you see where WMU graduates landed, but you’ll also see why choosing Western was the best career choice they could have made.

Where are WMU graduates now?

Samantha Morehead standing outside the L'Oreal building in New York City.

Where are WMU graduates now?

From the Fortune 500 and tech startups to the halls of academia, Western graduates land their dream career or position, like Samantha Morehead who started working at L'Oréal right after graduation. See where our alums are putting their passion into practice.

Pride points

  • 9 of 10 Broncos are employed quickly, working in their field in jobs they like

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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  • 98% of Broncos had instructors who made them excited about learning

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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  • 88% of graduates have a job related to their degree

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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Valeria Marin is a graduate of Western Michigan University' family studies program as well as a Foundation Scholar.

I definitely have done a lot of self-reflection, networking, just trying to find what fits right within my path and in my values, and I think Western is definitely a place where you can go and thrive.

Valeria Marin, B.S.'20 family studies (from Wyoming, Michigan)

Employers and beyond

Sometimes, the numbers just speak for themselves. Like the fact that 88% of recent graduates said they were satisfied with their job, earning a median salary of $45,000–$50,000 (based on 1,061 reported salaries). And 89% said their education and experiences as a student at Western prepared them for their profession.

Who employs WMU graduates?

AmazonHenry Ford Health SystemPfizerStryker
AscensionHersheyPlante MoranState of Michigan
BronsonHormel FoodsPNCSummit Polymers
Charles River LaboratoriesKalamazoo Public SchoolsQuicken LoansTarget
EatonKellogg'sSamaritasU.S. Air Force
General MotorsMeijerSparrow Health SystemU.S. Army
Gryphon PlaceParker HannifinSpectrum Health Whirlpool

  

  • 88% of graduates are satisfied with their job

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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  • $45,000-$50,000 median salary for recent graduates

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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  • 89% of graduates say their education and experiences at Western prepared them for their profession

    Post-graduate Activity Report (2020-21)

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Rodney Bell is featured in the photo. Students studying business and marketing abound all around the Haworth College of Business at WMU. Facilities such as the Kaiser Sales Negotiation and Leadership Lab and the Greenleaf Trust Trading Room allow students to fully immerse themselves in their respective areas of study.

Internships provided me with the necessary information that propelled me to my first job at Meijer. Having internships in different fields gave me a wide perspective of what I wanted to do with my career by realizing what exactly I needed to do to get in position for the job I wanted.

Rodney Bell, BBA'20 human resource management

Experience-based learning

Often the best way to learn is by rolling up your sleeves and digging into a problem. That’s why 91% of Western graduates took the hands-on approach and completed at least one experiential education activity, such as an internship, work-study program, or semester or yearlong academic project. This helped them gain some of the valuable, resume-worthy experiences and skills they later used to find their career after graduation. 

 

  • 91% completed at least of graduates had one or more resume-worthy learning experiences experiential learning activity

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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  • 88% of graduates have a job related to their degree

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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  • Megan Stanchfield standing next to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine logo.
  • Working as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Cindy Linn’s lab introduced me to biomedical research and provided me with invaluable mentorship and career experience. Starting in Dr. Linn’s lab, I was planning to pursue a career in the medical field and this experience opened my eyes to the world of research.

    Megan Stanchfield, B.S. biological sciences, M.S.'20 biology

Continuing education

Every year, a large portion of WMU graduates decide to take their education to the next level by pursuing a graduate degree. Last year alone, 19% of undergraduates were furthering their education alongside graduate students in 136 fields of study.