Career Outcomes for WMU Graduates

2017-18 Post-Graduation Activity Report - by college and major

Data for the 2017-18 report was obtained for 77% (N=4000) of the graduating class. Data was self-reported. We surveyed all (N=5452) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2017 and June 2018. 

Where are the graduates of 2017-18?

91% of WMU graduates were actively engaged in full-time employment (72%), part-time employment (2%), military service (0.4%), full-time volunteer service (0.3%), and further education (16%).

  All degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Actively Engaged 91% 91% 92%
Employed full time 72% 69% 80%
Employed part time 2% 2% 2%
Continuing education 16% 18% 11%
Military service 0.4% 0.5% 0.2%
Volunteering full time 0.3% 0.4% 0.1%
Not Actively Engaged 9% 9% 8%
Looking for work 8% 8% 7%
Other commitments 1% 1% 1%

Full-Time Employment Highlights

  • 72% were employed full time.
  • Median salary was $45,000–$50,000 based on 1443 reported salaries.
  • 86% have a job related to their degree.
  • 89% are satisfied with their job.
  All degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Job in Michigan 76% 78% 72%
Job related to degree 86% 81% 94%
Satisfied with the job 89% 89% 91%

Salary Ranges for Full-Time Employment

  25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile Responses
All WMU $35,000-$40,000 $45,000-$50,000 $60,000-$65,000 1443
Undergraduate $30,000-$35,000 $40,000-$45,000 $55,000-$60,000 940
Graduate $40,000-$45,000 $50,000-$55,000 $65,000-$70,000 503

Type of employers

65% of graduates work for for-profit businesses, 16% for nonprofit organizations, 15% for educational institutions, and 5% for government.

Select employers of undergraduate degrees

  • American Axle and Manufacturing
  • Advia Credit Union
  • Aerotek
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • BDO USA
  • Borgess
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Consumers Credit Union
  • Consumers Energy
  • Coyote Logistics
  • Delta Airlines
  • Denso
  • Duncan Aviation
  • Eaton
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • General Motors
  • Hormel Foods
  • Insight Global
  • J.B. Hunt
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kellogg's
  • Kroger
  • Lakeland Health
  • Mann+Hummel
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nolan Transportation
  • Parker Hannifin
  • PepsiCo
  • Perrigo
  • Pfizer
  • Plante Moran
  • PNC Bank
  • Portage Public Schools
  • Quicken Loans
  • Spectrum Health
  • Stryker
  • Summit Polymers
  • Target
  • Whirlpool
  • WMU
  • YMCA
  • Zoetis

Select employers of graduate degrees

  • Beaumont Health
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Bronson
  • Catholic Charities West Michigan
  • Centria Healthcare
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • City of Kalamazoo
  • Clinical Psychology Services
  • Eaton
  • Gateway Pediatric Therapy
  • GRCC
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Hope Colleges
  • Hope Network
  • Indiana University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • KVCC
  • Lakeland Health
  • Mann+Hummel
  • McLaren
  • Michigan State University
  • Pfizer
  • Pine Rest
  • Plante Moran
  • PNC Bank
  • Spectrum Health
  • State of Michigan
  • Stryker
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Whirlpool
  • WMU

Location of full-time Employment

  • 76% work in Michigan; 24% work in 45 other U.S. states; and 2% work in 17 countries outside the U.S.
  • Top states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, California, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Georgia, New York, North Carolina.
  • Top countries: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, and Indonesia.

Experiential education

  • 93% of all 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.
    • 63% 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).
    • 46% 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).
  • View internships by major in the WMU Internship Catalog.

Select Internship Employers

  • American Axle and Manufacturing
  • American Red Cross
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Borgess
  • Bronson
  • Center for Disability Services
  • Communities in Schools
  • Consumers Energy
  • Coyote Logistics
  • Denso
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • DTE Energy
  • Eaton
  • Flowserve
  • General Motors
  • Kalamazoo Autism Center
  • Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kalamazoo RESA
  • Kellogg's
  • Lakeland Health
  • Landscape Forms
  • Mann+Hummel
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Meijer
  • Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Parchment Public Schools
  • Portage Public Shcools
  • Public Media Network
  • Spectrum Health
  • Streamline Healthcare Solutions
  • Stryker
  • Summit Polymers
  • University of Michigan
  • Whirlpool
  • WMU
  • WMU Cooley Law School
  • WoodsEdge Learning Center
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • Zoetis

Continuing education

  • 18% of undergraduates and 11% of graduate degree recipients will be pursuing further education after completing their WMU degree.
  • 62% will pursue master's degrees, 18% doctoral degrees, and 7% professional schools.
  • WMU graduates are pursuing further education in 134 fields of study.
  • 66% attend WMU for further education.

Top Institutions Chosen for Further Education

  • Arizona State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • WMU Cooley Law School
  • WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine

Top fields Chosen for Further Education

  • Accountancy
  • Applied Economics
  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Law
  • MBA
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Science Education
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Sports Management

 

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