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Career Outcomes for WMU Graduates

91% of 2019-20 WMU graduates are employed or continuing education.

  • About the Data

    Data for the 2019-20 report was obtained for 71% (N=3,493) of the graduating class. Data was self-reported. We surveyed all (N=4,927) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2019 and June 2020. 

  • What are 2019-20 graduates doing?

    91% of WMU graduates were actively engaged in full-time employment (70%), part-time employment (2%), military service (1%), full-time volunteer service (0.1%), and further education (18%).

     All degreesUndergraduateGraduate
    Actively Engaged91%90%94%
    Employed full time70%66%79%
    Employed part time2%2%2%
    Continuing education18%21%12%
    Military service1%1%0.4%
    Volunteering full time0.1%0.1%0.2%
    Not Actively Engaged9%10%6%
    Looking for work8%9%5%
    Other commitments1%1%1%
  • Full-Time Employment Highlights
    • 70% were employed full time.

    • Median salary was $45,000–$50,000 based on 1,164 reported salaries.

    • 91% have a job related to their degree.

    • 88% are satisfied with their job.

     All degreesUndergraduateGraduate
    Job in Michigan79%80%77%
    Job related to degree91%89%94%
    Satisfied with the job88%88%87%
    Salary ranges for full-time employment
     25th percentile50th percentile75th percentileResponses
    All WMU$35,000-$40,000$45,000-$50,000$60,000-$65,0001,164
    Undergraduate$30,000-$35,000$45,000-$50,000$60,000-$66,000749
    Graduate$40,000-$45,000$50,000-$55,000$65,000-$70,000415
    Type of employers

    55% of graduates work for for-profit businesses, 14% for nonprofit organizations, 21% for educational institutions, and 10% for government. 

  • Employers of WMU Graduates
    Select employers of undergraduate degrees
    • Amazon
    • Ascension
    • Bronson
    • Charles River Laboratories
    • Eaton
    • General Motors
    • Gryphon Place
    • Henry Ford Health System
    • Hormel Foods
    • Kalamazoo Public Schools
    • Kellogg's
    • Meijer
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Pfizer
    • Plante Moran
    • PNC
    • Quicken Loans
    • Samaritas
    • Sparrow Health System
    • Spectrum Health
    • State of Michigan
    • Stryker
    • Summit Polymers
    • Target
    • U.S. Air Force
    • U.S. Army
    • Whirlpool
    • Western Michigan University 
    Select employers of graduate degrees
    • Addiction Treatment Services
    • Ascension
    • Battle Creek Public Schools
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Bronson
    • D.A. Blodgett
    • Dearborn Public Schools
    • Family Outreach Center
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Hope Network
    • Indonesia Institute of Sciences
    • InterAct of Michigan
    • Kalamazoo College
    • KPEP
    • Kalamazoo Public Schools
    • Kellogg's
    • Kent ISD
    • Mercy Health
    • Muskegon Public Schools
    • Oaklawn Hospital
    • Pine Rest
    • Portage Public Schools
    • Samaritas
    • Spectrum Health
    • State of Michigan
    • Stryker
    • Summit Pointe
    • TekWissen
    • University of Michigan
    • Vicksburg Community Schools
    • Wayne State University
    • Western Michigan University 
    Location of full-time employment
    • 79% work in Michigan; 18% work throughout the United States; and 3% work outside the U.S.
    • Top states: Illinois, Indiana, California, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
    • Top countries: Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, China, Ghana, and Malaysia.
  • Experiential Education
    93% of WMU graduates completed at least one experiential education activity.
    • 67% had an internship, co-op, practicum, or field experience where they applied what they were learning in the classroom.
    • 61% had a job (full time or part time; on or off campus) where they applied what they were learning in the classroom.
    • 59% worked on a project that took a semester or more to complete (e.g., capstone, senior design, senior performance project).
    • 45% 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
    • American Axle and Manufacturing
    • Ascension
    • Battle Creek VA
    • BDO
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Bronson
    • Cheff Riding Center
    • Communities in Schools
    • Comstock Public Schools
    • Consumers Energy
    • DENSO
    • DTE Energy
    • Eaton
    • FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    • Flowserve
    • General Motors
    • Grand Rapids Public Schools
    • Gull Lake Community Schools
    • Kalamazoo Autism Center
    • Kalamazoo College
    • Kalamazoo County
    • Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
    • Kalamazoo Public Schools
    • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
    • Kellogg's
    • KRESA
    • Mann+Hummel
    • Mattawan Schools
    • Meijer
    • Neenah
    • Otsego Public Schools
    • Parchment Public Schools
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Perrigo
    • Pfizer
    • Plante Moran
    • Portage Public Schools
    • Quicken Loans
    • Spectrum Health
    • Stryker
    • Westrock
    • Western Michigan University
    • YWCA
    • Zoetis
  • Graduates Continuing Education
    • 21% of undergraduates and 12% of graduate degree recipients will be pursuing further education after completing their WMU degree.
    • 65% will pursue master's degrees, 19% doctoral degrees, and 6% professional schools.
    • WMU graduates are pursuing further education in 179 fields of study.
    • 64% attend WMU for further education. 
    Top institutions chosen for further education
    • Boston University
    • Cornell University
    • DePaul University
    • Florida State University
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Indiana University
    • Kent State University
    • Michigan State University
    • Purdue University
    • Saginaw Valley State University
    • Texas A&M
    • University of Alabama
    • University of Arizona
    • University of Colorado
    • University of Detroit Mercy
    • University of Florida
    • University of Illinois
    • University of Michigan
    • University of North Carolina
    • University of Notre Dame
    • University of Wisconsin
    • Wayne State University
    • Western Michigan University 
    Top fields chosen for further education
    • Accountancy
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Applied Economics
    • Biological Sciences
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Business Administration
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Communication
    • Counseling Psychology
    • Counselor Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Educational Leadership
    • Geography
    • Law
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Medicine
    • Music
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Philosophy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Public Health
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Special Education
    • Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • Sports Management
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