This infographic report summarizes the results of over 19,600 direct responses from graduates of the Spring class of 2017 who participated in The Outcomes Survey to report their post-graduation activities. At graduation, 39.8% of those respondents who received baccalaureate degrees reported having attained full-time employment as their primary occupational status. An additional 10.6% of respondents reported having attained part-time employment, and another 16.5% had gained admission into an educational program. Taken together, these positive outcomes account for 66.9% of what baccalaureate respondents reported as their primary occupation at graduation. This indicates a high starting point of positive outcomes for the Spring class of 2017, which we expect to increase over the next year. Conversely, 22% of respondents indicated they were unemployed and seeking employment at graduation, which will likely decrease over time.
These occupation rates are even higher when considering all post-graduation activities reported by graduates in addition to their primary occupation. Taking these other activities into consideration, 43.4% of baccalaureate respondents reported working full-time, 19.2% reported working part-time, and 18.6% had enrolled into additional education. The percentage boosts shown in these categories demonstrate the importance of tracking all the various activities students are doing after graduation—they are not simply doing one thing. Of those bachelor level graduates that reported the positive outcomes above, 81.6% reported an occupation related to their academic major, 83.5% reported and occupation related to their career goals, and 80.7% reported satisfaction with their occupation. Graduates who indicated they were employed were asked to report their annual income. Among the employed baccalaureate respondents who reported income at graduation, the median income was $37,000.
In order to obtain these occupations, baccalaureate graduates reported when they began their search and where all they looked. It seems most, 67.3%, of the graduates begin their occupation search well in advance of graduation. Specifically, 34.5% began looking at least 6 months prior to graduation, 22.2% began 3-5 months prior, and 10.6% began looking 1-2 months prior to graduation. By contrast, only 5.8% of respondents began looking in the time just before graduation, and 6.9% indicated they had not begun. During their occupation search, these baccalaureate graduates tended to look mostly in specific locations rather than in broad areas. 51.5% of respondents indicated they looked near their hometown, 25.4% looked near their alma mater, and 23.5% otherwise limited their search to specific cities. Fewer graduates utilized more expansive searches. 16.4% of respondents looked state-wide, 20.2% looked country-wide or regionally, and only 5.6% reported looking outside of the United States.