Career Outcomes for WMU Graduates

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    91% of 2019-20 WMU graduates are employed, in graduate school, serving in the military, or volunteering full time.

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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. 

Where are the graduates of 2019-20?

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 degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Actively Engaged 91% 90% 94%
Employed full time 70% 66% 79%
Employed part time 2% 2% 2%
Continuing education 18% 21% 12%
Military service 1% 1% 0.4%
Volunteering full time 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Not Actively Engaged 9% 10% 6%
Looking for work 8% 9% 5%
Other commitments 1% 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 degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Job in Michigan 79% 80% 77%
Job related to degree 91% 89% 94%
Satisfied with the job 88% 88% 87%

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 1,164
Undergraduate $30,000-$35,000 $45,000-$50,000 $60,000-$66,000 749
Graduate $40,000-$45,000 $50,000-$55,000 $65,000-$70,000 415

Type of employers

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

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 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.
    • 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).
  • View internships by major in the WMU Internship Catalog.

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

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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