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Career Outcomes for WMU Graduates

93% of 2020-21 WMU graduates are employed or continuing education.

  • About the Data

    Data for the 2020-21 report was obtained for 69% (N=3,346) of the graduating class. Data was self-reported. We surveyed all (N=4,901) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. 

  • What are 2020-21 graduates doing?

    93% of WMU graduates were actively engaged in full-time employment (74%), part-time employment (3%), military service (<1%), full-time volunteer service (<1%), and further education (16%).

     All degreesUndergraduateGraduate
    Actively Engaged93%92%96%
    Employed full time74%70%83%
    Employed part time3%2%4%
    Continuing education16%19%9%
    Military service<1%1%-
    Volunteering full time<1%<1%<1%
    Not Actively Engaged7%8%4%
    Looking for work6%7%4%
    Other commitments<1%<1%<1%
  • Full-Time Employment Highlights
    • 74% were employed full time.

    • Median salary was $45,000–$50,000 based on 1,061 reported salaries.

    • 88% have a job related to their degree.

    • 88% are satisfied with their job.

     All degreesUndergraduateGraduate
    Job in Michigan77%77%77%
    Job related to degree88%83%95%
    Satisfied with the job88%87%89%
    Salary ranges for full-time employment
     25th percentile50th percentile75th percentileResponses
    All WMU$35,000-$40,000$45,000-$50,000$60,000-$65,0001,061
    Undergraduate$30,000-$35,000$40,000-$45,000$55,000-$60,000715
    Graduate$45,000-$50,000$55,000-$60,000$65,000-$70,000346
    Type of employers

    60% of graduates work for for-profit businesses, 16% for nonprofit organizations, 18% for educational institutions, and 6% for government. 

  • Employers of WMU Graduates
    Select employers of undergraduate degrees
    • ADP
    • Advia Credit Union
    • Aerotek
    • Amazon
    • Armstrong International
    • Bronson
    • Centria Healthcare
    • Charles River Laboratories
    • Enterprise
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Gartner
    • General Motors
    • Hershey
    • Hormel Foods
    • Kalamazoo County Government
    • Kalamazoo Public Schools
    • Kalamazoo RESA
    • Kellogg's
    • KPEP
    • Landscape Forms
    • Level Data
    • Lighthouse Autism Center
    • Lincoln Park Public Schools
    • Meijer
    • Michigan Department of Transportation
    • MoLo Solutions
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Pfizer
    • PNC
    • Portage Public Schools
    • Samaritas
    • Spectrum Health
    • Streamline Healthcare Solutions
    • Stryker
    • Target
    • United Wholesale Mortgage
    • UPS
    • WMU
    • YMCA
    • Zoetis
    Select employers of graduate degrees
    • Advia Credit Union
    • Amazon
    • Arbor Circle
    • Ascension
    • Athletico Physical Therapy
    • BDO
    • Berrien RESA
    • Bronson
    • Centria Healtcare
    • Charles River Laboratories
    • Eaton
    • Eficens Systems
    • Ernst and Young
    • Grand Rapids Public Schools
    • Hope Network
    • Hudsonville Public Schools
    • Intellectt
    • InterAct of Michigan
    • Kalamazoo Autism Center
    • Kalamazoo Public Schools
    • Martin Public Schools
    • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
    • Meijer
    • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
    • Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Muskegon Public Schools
    • Otsego Public Schools
    • P3 USA
    • Pfizer
    • Portage Public Schools
    • Spectrum Health
    • Stryker
    • Tata Consultancy Services
    • University of Kentucky
    • University of Michigan
    • WMU
    • WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
    • YWCA
    • Zoetis
    Location of full-time employment
    • 77% work in Michigan; 23% work throughout the United States; and 2% work outside the U.S.
    • Top states: Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
    • Top countries: Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, China, Canada, Malaysia, India, and Germany.
  • Experiential Education
    91% of WMU graduates completed at least one experiential education activity.
    • 63% had an internship, co-op, practicum, or field experience where they applied what they were learning in the classroom.
    • 63% had a job (full time or part time; on or off campus) where they applied what they were learning in the classroom.
    • 53% worked on a project that took a semester or more to complete (e.g., capstone, senior design, senior performance project).
    • 47% were very active in extracurricular activities and organizations (e.g., leadership role, or involved in multiple organizations such as RSO, intramurals, club sports, or volunteerism).
    Select internship employers
    • Amazon
    • Ascension
    • BDO
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Bronson
    • Comstock Public Schools
    • Eaton
    • F.I.R.E.
    • FCA - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    • Gast Manufacturing
    • Greenleaf Trust
    • Gryphon Place
    • Humphrey Products
    • Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
    • Kalamazoo Public Schools
    • Kellogg's
    • KRESA
    • Landscape Forms
    • Mann+Hummel
    • Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Plante Moran
    • Portage Public Schools
    • PwC
    • Quicken Loans
    • Spectrum Health
    • Stryker
    • Summit Pointe
    • Unified Clinics at WMU
    • WMU
    • YMCA
  • Graduates Continuing Education
    • 19% of undergraduates and 9% of graduate degree recipients will be pursuing further education after completing their WMU degree.
    • 66% will pursue master's degrees and 22% doctoral degrees.
    • WMU graduates are pursuing further education in 136 fields of study.
    • 65% attend WMU for further education. 
    Top institutions chosen for further education
    • Arizona State University
    • Ball State University
    • Cooley Law School
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Michigan State University
    • University of Detroit Mercy
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Wisconsin
    • Wayne State University
    • WMU
    Top fields chosen for further education
    • Accountancy
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Audiology
    • Aviation
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Business Administration
    • Communication
    • Computer Science
    • Counseling
    • Data Science
    • Dentistry
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Engineering Management
    • Exercise Science
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Hispanic Studies
    • History
    • Human Resources
    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Music
    • Neuroscience
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Orientation and Mobility
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Public Health
    • Social Work
    • Speech Language Pathology
    • Sports Management
    • Statistics
    • Youth and Community Development
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