Career Outcomes for WMU Graduates

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    91% of 2017-18 WMU graduates are employed, in graduate school, serving in the military, or volunteering full time.

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2016-17 Post-Graduation Activity Report-data by college and major

Data was obtained for 77% (N=4016) of the graduating class. Data was self-reported. We surveyed all (N=5205) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2016 and June 2017.

Where are the graduates of 2016-17?

91% of WMU graduates were actively engaged within three months of graduation. Active engagement is defined as full-time employment (71%), part-time employment (5%), military service (1%), full-time volunteer service (0.3%), and further education (14%).

  All degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Actively Engaged 91% 91% 89%
Employed full time 71% 69% 74%
Employed part time 5% 5% 4%
Continuing education 14% 16% 10%
Military service 1% 1% 0.4%
Volunteering full time 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Not Actively Engaged 9% 9% 11%
Looking for work 8% 7% 9%
Other commitments 1% 1% 2%

Full-Time Employment Highlights

  • 71% were employed full time.
  • The median salary was $40,000–$45,000 based on 733 reported salaries.
  • 85% have a job related to their degree.
  • 88% are satisfied with their job.
  • 77% work in Michigan; 21% work in 48 other U.S. states; and 2% work in 26 countries outside the U.S.
  All degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Job in Michigan 77% 78% 74%
Job related to degree 85% 82% 91%
Satisfied with the job 88% 88% 89%

Salary Ranges for Full-Time Employment

  25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile Responses
All WMU $30,000-$35,000 $40,000-$45,000 $55,000-$60,000 1733
Undergraduate $30,000-$35,000 $40,000-$45,000 $55,000-$60,000 1151
Graduate $40,000-$45,000 $50,000-$55,000 $65,000-$70,000 582

Type of employers

65% of graduates work for for-profit businesses, 16% for nonprofit organizations, 13% for educational institutions, and 6% for government.

Select employers of undergraduate degrees

  • American Axle and Manufacturing
  • Amazon
  • Beaumont Health
  • Borgess
  • Bronson
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Eaton
  • FCA - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • General Motors
  • Gentex
  • Hormel Foods
  • Kellogg's
  • Kroger
  • Mann+Hummel
  • MPI Research
  • Parker Hannifin
  • PepsiCo
  • Perrigo
  • Pfizer
  • PNC
  • Spectrum Health
  • Stryker
  • Total Quality Logistics
  • University of Michigan
  • Whirlpool
  • WMU
  • Zoetis

Select employers of graduate degrees

  • Borgess
  • Bronson
  • Community Mental Health Authority
  • Eaton
  • Family Outreach Center
  • FEMA Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kellogg's
  • KVCC
  • Lakeland Health
  • MPI Research
  • Newayago Country Mental Health
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pfizer
  • Pi Square Technologies
  • Spectrum Health
  • State of Michigan
  • Steelcase
  • Stryker
  • Trumpet Behavioral Health
  • University of Wisconsin
  • VA Hospital
  • WST Energy
  • WMU
  • Zimmer Biomet

Location of full-time Employment

77% Broncos stayed in Michigan, 21% work elsewhere in the United States, and 2% work outside of the U.S in 26 countries.

  • Top states: Illinois, Indiana, California, Ohio, Colorado, New York, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota.
  • Top countries: Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, China, Canada, Japan, and Malaysia.

Experiential education

Top Internship Employers

  • AAM-American Axle Manufacturing
  • Abbott
  • American Red Cross
  • Battle Creek Public Schools
  • BDO
  • Beaumont Health
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Borgess
  • Bronson
  • Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
  • Center for Disability Services
  • City of Kalamazoo
  • Command Electronics
  • Dept of Health & Human Services
  • Eaton
  • Edwards Garment
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • FEMA Corporation
  • Friendship Village
  • General Motors
  • Great Lakes Center for Autism 
  • Gryphon Place
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Heritage Community of Kalamazoo
  • Kalamazoo Autism Center
  • Kalamazoo Christian Schools
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement
  • Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program
  • Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kellogg's
  • Kroger
  • Lakeside Academy
  • Lakeview Public Schools
  • Learning Village
  • Mann+Hummel
  • Mary Free Bed
  • Mattawan Consolidated Schools
  • Meijer
  • Mel Trotter Ministries
  • MI Department of Transportation 
  • Parchment Public Schools
  • Paw Paw Public Schools
  • Pine Rest
  • Plainwell Community Schools
  • Plante Moran
  • Portage Public Schools
  • SOAR Clinic
  • Spectrum Health
  • Streamline Healthcare
  • Stryker
  • Summit Pointe
  • Summit Polymers
  • The Ark
  • University of Michigan
  • VA Hospital
  • Van Buren ISD
  • Vicksburg Public Schools
  • Whirlpool
  • WMU
  • WoodsEdge Learning Center
  • YMCA
  • YWCA

Continuing education

  • 16% of undergraduates and 10% of graduate degree recipients will be pursuing further education after completing their WMU degree.
  • 62% will pursue master's degrees, 21% doctoral degrees, and 9% professional schools.
  • WMU graduates are pursuing further education in 160 fields of study.
  • 51% will attend WMU for further education.

Top institutions chosen for further education

  • Arizona State University
  • DePaul University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Indiana University
  • Michigan State University
  • Midwestern University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Tennessee
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • WMU Cooley Law School

Top fields of study chosen for further education

  • Accountancy
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Dietetics
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Language Pathology

What did WMU grads say about their experience?

College of Arts and Sciences

"My experience at WMU has been life-altering to say the least. Because of the faculty and staff in the department of biological sciences I was able to find my passion and pursue it as a career. The compassion and support I received allowed me to continue despite obstacles related to my health. I will forever be indebted to WMU and try to show the same level of support to others throughout my life and career."

"The most important aspect of my career development at WMU was working with my mentors on research and education projects. The coursework was of course vital, but assuming this is somewhat standard, the connections and skills I gained from working were instrumental in my finding a good graduate appointment."

"I've found the professors in my departments to be very inspiring and I'm so thankful that I've had the chance to learn from them."

College of Aviation

"My extra-curricular activity, the WMU SkyBroncos Precision Flight Team, were incredibly beneficial to my education here. It is entirely due to that group that my experiences were elevated so much."

"I had a great time at WMU. The faculty was helpful and experienced in their field, they were also willing to help you if you approach them for help."

College of Education and Human Development

"Great place, amazing people, and a supportive environment."

"WMU is a first class organization. I loved my time as a student for both my graduate and undergraduate degrees!"

"I would not be the man I am today without Western Michigan University. I learned so much and made so many relationships that I will have for the rest of my life. I cherish my time at Western Michigan University and I am so proud to call myself a Bronco."

"Supportive environment from start to end."

"WMU has been an amazing place to call home for graduate school. The focus is about the students and bettering the community, and that proves true with everything I have experienced while here. It's an honor to be a WMU graduate and feel this institution was the perfect choice that has helped me feel empowered, allowed me to develop into a better me, and gave me opportunities to engage fully into my program of choice."

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

"Wonderful experience at WMU. The faculty members were very helpful at all times."

"I received a job offer away from Kalamazoo before I could graduate and the department was very willing to help me work out how to finish my degree from afar."

"I had a great learning experience, at WMU especially at senior level courses. I learned engineering and manufacturing skills and are prepared to contribute to the engineering industry."

"Western Michigan University has been a great experience, both educationally and personally.  I have had the opportunity to make friends from around the world in a study abroad opportunity in China, made a lot of friends within my major, and connections with people that are far from my major.  I was able to participate and keep dance in my life through Hip Hop Connexions and got to show some new students around a campus that has given me so much experience and knowledge. My relationship with my major's professors is very strong, and I do not think I could have made these impressions anywhere else."

"Overall I had a great experience at Western Michigan University. I could not have gone to a better school. I'm proud to be a Bronco!"

College of Fine Arts

"I had the best experience at WMU! Every day I became more glad that I chose this school, and I am sad to leave!"

"I am grateful for my time at WMU. I feel prepared and ready to teach in the real world. Thank you to those who contributed to my education. It's a great day to be a Bronco!"

"Excellent learning experience academically as well as personally. Definitely a unique experience that will be hard to replicate."

"I truly enjoyed my time here at WMU. My teachers were knowledgeable, and my fellow students were motivated and excited to work with each other. Not only that, but I felt appreciated by the faculty and the students."

"Thank you for the amazing financial support available to students. I hope WMU never loses track of this."

"I got the training I needed here. I have a lot to work on, but I have come such a long way and am in a good place to attack the professional world."

Haworth College of Business

"I have had a great experience at WMU while also being exposed to many things that helped me grow. My food marketing major is second to none and has prepared me to succeed in the CPG field while also introducing me to different companies in my field."

"The SBM Program has been the best experience I could have asked for and why I went to Western Michigan University."

"Just wanted to acknowledge and convey my appreciation to my faculty for their flexibility and encouragement to enable me to complete my last MBA course. Both individuals taught me a lesson of humanity that transcended the subject matter of the course and demonstrated a depth of character within the WMU faculty that cannot be measured with a ruler or weighted on a scale. Their actions not only made me proud to be alumni of WMU, but influenced me to every day strive to be a better professional and ultimately a better person for society.  I am perpetually grateful. "

"Love being a Bronco and most especially, an ISM major. The program is the best; you gain exceptional experience and knowledge from the classes that you can apply to the job."

College of Health and Human Services

"The Nursing Program is not to be taken lightly at WMU. It's tough but it's rewarding and so are the professors. They really care about you succeeding. It was an experience I will always carry with me. Go Broncos!"

"I just want to say that my experience at WMU was amazing! I am proud to be a Bronco. The 'forever friends' I have made, the staff, and the program itself was amazing. I appreciate all that I have learned and all that you have done for me. Thank you!"

"I had the best possible college experience at WMU, there was an opportunity to do anything I would have wanted to accomplish."

"I loved my experience at WMU-GR in the OT program! I feel the OT program prepared me to succeed as a future OT."

"I was thoroughly impressed with the complete WMU education experience! WMU got me in, trained me well and got me back in the work force as promised. I will wear my Bronco with pride and when established hope to support the low vision blindness program."

"Absolutely life-changing experiences. Great faculty, welcoming staff, and inclusive environment."

University Studies

"WMU is a great university and community. Everyone here is so polite and outgoing. This has always been my dream school. I am lucky to have spent three wonderful years here learning from amazing teachers and students. It's a great day to be a Bronco!"

"Grateful for this program that gave me a way to earn my degree without earning my teaching certificate like originally planned."

"I enjoyed the online program. Classes were more fun and interactive than I expected."

"I really enjoyed this experience! Getting my degree online was a perfect fit for my lifestyle. I am a mom/grandma." 

"Love this school. Go Broncos! Best 4 years of my life."

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