Career Outcomes for WMU Graduates

2018-19 Post-Graduation Activity Report by College and Major

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Data for the 2018-19 report was obtained for 73% (N=3,696) of the graduating class. Data was self-reported. We surveyed all (N=5,063) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2018 and June 2019.?

Where are the graduates of 2018-19?

94% of WMU graduates were actively engaged in full-time employment (75%), part-time employment (2%), military service (0.6%), full-time volunteer service (0.4%), and further education (16%).

? All degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Actively Engaged 94% 94% 95%
Employed full time 75% 72% 82%
Employed part time 2% 2% 1%
Continuing education 16% 19% 11%
Military service 0.6% 0.5% 0.2%
Volunteering full time 0.4% 0.5% 0.2%
Not Actively Engaged 6% 6% 5%
Looking for work 5% 5% 4%
Other commitments 1% 1% 1%

Full-Time Employment Highlights

  • 75% were employed full time.
  • Median salary was $45,000–$50,000 based on 1,430 reported salaries.
  • 93% have a job related to their degree.
  • 90% are satisfied with their job.
? All degrees Undergraduate Graduate
Job in Michigan 73% 75% 69%
Job related to degree 93% 90% 96%
Satisfied with the job 90% 90% 90%

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 1,430
Undergraduate $30,000-$35,000 $45,000-$50,000 $60,000-$66,000 914
Graduate $40,000-$45,000 $50,000-$55,000 $65,000-$70,000 516

Type of employers

64% of graduates work for for-profit businesses, 15% for nonprofit organizations, 15% for educational institutions, and 7% for government.

Select employers of undergraduate degrees

  • Advantage
  • Aerotek
  • Arbor Financial Credit Union
  • Ascension
  • BDO
  • Beaumont Health
  • Boeing
  • Bronson
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Denso
  • Eaton
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • FEMA Corporation
  • Flowserve
  • General Motors
  • GHD Partners
  • Graphic Packaging
  • Great Lakes Wine and Spirits
  • Hormel Foods
  • Insight Global
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kellogg's
  • Kroger
  • Lakeland Health
  • Meijer
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nolan Transportation
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pfizer
  • PNC Bank
  • Portage Public Schools
  • Quicken Loans
  • SkyWest Airlines
  • Spectrum Health
  • State of Michigan
  • Streamline Healthcare Solutions
  • Stryker
  • Summit Polymers
  • Target
  • United Wholesale Mortgage
  • U.S. Army
  • Walt Disney World
  • WMU
  • Whirlpool
  • Zoetis

Select employers of graduate degrees

  • AAM - American Axle Manufacturing
  • Ascension
  • BDO
  • Benteler Automotive
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Bronson
  • Catholic Charities West Michigan
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • Gateway Pediatric Therapy
  • IET, Inc.
  • Indonesian Institute of Sciences
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kellogg's
  • Plante Moran
  • Residential Opportunities Inc.
  • Sprectrum Health
  • State of Michigan
  • Stryker
  • Wedgwood Christian Services
  • Whirlpool
  • WMU

Location of full-time Employment

  • 73%?work in?Michigan; 23% work in 45 other U.S. states; and 4% work in 30 countries outside the U.S.
  • Top states: Illinois, California, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina.
  • Top countries: Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iraq, Dominican Republic, China, Germany, and Japan.

Experiential education

  • 93% of all WMU graduates completed at least one experiential education activity.
    • 73% had an internship, co-op, practicum, or field experience where they applied what they were learning in the classroom.
    • 67% had a job (full time or part time; on or off campus) where they applied what they were learning in the classroom.
    • 58% worked on a project that took a semester or more to complete (e.g., capstone, senior design, senior performance project).
    • 49% 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
  • Auto Owners Insurance
  • Battle Creek Public Schools
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Bronson
  • Communities in Schools
  • Comstock Public Schools
  • Consumers Energy
  • Duncan Aviation
  • Eaton
  • Flowserve
  • General Motors
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Gryphon Place
  • Hormel Foods
  • Houser and Associates
  • Imperial Beverage
  • Kalamazoo Autism Center
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
  • Kalamazoo Juvenile Home
  • Kalamazoo Literacy Council
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Kellogg's
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • KRESA
  • Mel Trotter
  • Michigan Medicine
  • Novacare Rehabilitation
  • Parchment Middle School
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pfizer
  • Plainwell Public Schools
  • Plante Moran
  • Portage Public Schools
  • Prevention Works
  • Quicken Loans
  • Sparrow Health System
  • State of Michigan
  • Streamline Healthcare Solutions
  • Stryker
  • Summit Pointe
  • Summit Polymers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • TowerPinkster
  • Unified Clinics
  • Western Diversified Plastics
  • Whirlpool
  • Zoetis

Continuing education

  • 19% of undergraduates and 11% of graduate degree recipients will be pursuing further education after completing their WMU degree.
  • 64% will pursue master's degrees, 19% doctoral degrees, and 7% professional schools.
  • WMU graduates are pursuing further education in 137 fields of study.
  • 51% attend WMU for further education.

Top Institutions Chosen for Further Education

  • Central Michigan University
  • Cooley Law School
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Indiana University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Carolina
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Kentucky University

Top fields Chosen for Further Education

  • Accountancy
  • Applied Economics
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Geography
  • HR Management
  • Law
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics

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