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Student Placement

We asked students questions like, “what is most likely to be your principal activity this fall?” Find out how they responded.

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SOURCE: 2018 Graduating Student Survey

Answered survey, at least partially Bachelor's Master's
Response rate 60.7% 54.6%
Number of Responses 556 657

 

What is most likely to be your principal activity this fall (fall 2018)?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Employed full-time, including self-employment, returning to previous employment, internship, starting a company. Full time is on average 30 hours or more per week.
51.7%
76.1%
Military service
0.4%
2.6%
Attending graduate or professional school
38.9%
14.1%
Enrolled in another educational program (e.g., second bachelor's degree, post baccalaureate premedical program)
2.5%
1.2%
Volunteer activity. Please specify your public service organization (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps)
0.0%
0.2%
Distinguished fellowship.  Please specify your fellowship (e.g., Marshall, Rhodes).
2.0%
0.5%
Not seeking employment at this time
0.0%
0.0%
Traveling
0.0%
0.5%
Undecided (e.g., deciding between fields)
2.7%
1.7%
Other activity
0.9%
2.0%
Employed part-time, including self-employment, returning to previous employment, internship, starting a company. Part time is on average less than 30 hours per week.
0.7%
1.2%
Not seeking further education at this time
0.2%
0.0%
Number of Responses 555 654

 

Please select which of the following best describes the current state of your employment plans.
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Have accepted a position
86.9%
79.8%
Have been offered a position and refused it; still searching for preferred position
1.7%
2.4%
Considering one or more specific offers
3.1%
4.3%
Currently searching for a position or waiting for an offer
6.2%
8.6%
Will begin searching for a position after graduation
2.1%
3.5%
Not planning on employment this fall
0.0%
1.4%
Number of Responses 290 510
For students who indicated 'Working' or 'Military Service' as post-graduation plan.

 

Employer industry: Select the industry that best describes your employer
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Aerospace and Defense
8.1%
5.3%
Academia (Higher Education)
1.2%
0.8%
Applied Research
1.2%
1.8%
Architecture and Urban Planning
0.4%
2.4%
Automotive and Transportation
3.6%
3.7%
Basic Research
2.8%
0.0%
Business Services (Advertising, Real Estate, Retail)
0.8%
3.9%
Chemicals and Materials
0.4%
0.5%
Communications, Arts, Entertainment (Sports, Leisure, Media, Film)
2.4%
1.3%
Computer Hardware/ Electrical Engineering
2.8%
3.2%
Computer Software (Gaming and Software Development)
20.6%
13.2%
Consulting
14.9%
20.3%
Education (K-12)
0.8%
0.3%
Energy and Utilities
2.8%
3.4%
Engineering
8.9%
5.0%
Financial Services (Commercial Banking, Insurance)
5.2%
6.1%
Government
0.4%
2.6%
Health/Medicine
4.8%
1.3%
Industrial and Consumer Manufacturing
(Construction, Product Manufacturing, Consumer Products)
6.0%
4.2%
Investment Banking (Mutual Funds and Money Management)
3.6%
6.6%
Law
0.0%
0.3%
Military
1.2%
2.9%
Non-Profit Agency or NGO
0.0%
0.5%
Pharmaceutics (Biotech, Medical Device)
3.2%
1.1%
Other
3.6%
8.4%
Number of Responses 248 380
For students who indicated they accepted a position.

 

Please select one of the following to describe where you are in your plans
for Graduate or Professional School:
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
I am awaiting acceptance to a graduate or professional school.
0.9%
0.0%
I have been accepted to and am deciding between schools.
0.9%
0.0%
I have been accepted to and chosen a graduate or professional school.
98.1%
100.0%
Number of Responses 214 84
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.

 

What will be your general field of study?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Arts
0.9%
0.0%
Business
0.9%
10.8%
Dentistry
0.0%
0.0%
Education
1.9%
0.0%
Engineering
59.8%
69.9%
Law
0.9%
0.0%
Medicine
7.0%
1.2%
Science
25.2%
13.3%
Theology
0.0%
0.0%
Veterinary Medicine
0.0%
0.0%
Other
3.3%
4.8%
Number of Responses 214 83
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.

 

Which degree(s) will you pursue? (Check all that apply)
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Pct. of
Respondents
Number of
Responses
Pct. of
Respondents
Number of
Responses
MEng
42.1%
90
1.2%
1
MS
16.8%
36
2.4%
2
MA
0.9%
2
0.0%
0
MBA
0.0%
0
4.8%
4
PhD
39.3%
84
88.0%
73
ScD
0.0%
0
1.2%
1
JD
0.9%
2
0.0%
0
MD
7.0%
15
1.2%
1
DDS/DMD
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
DVM
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Other
3.3%
7
3.6%
3
Overall
110.3%
236
102.4%
85
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.
Percentages total more than 100% due to multiple responses.

 


SOURCE: 2018 Doctoral Student Exit Survey

Postgraduation Plans

What best describes your postgraduate plans
(within the next year)?
"Postdoc" or further training 44%
Employment 56%
Number of Responses 356

 

What is the status of your postgraduate plans (in the next year)?
Returning to, or continuing in, predoctoral employment 3%
Have signed contract or made definite commitment for a "postdoc" or other work 77%
Negotiating with one or more specific organizations 5%
Seeking position but have no specific prospects 10%
Other full-time degree program (e.g., MD, DDS, JD, MBA, etc.) 1%
Do not plan to work or study (e.g., family commitments, etc.) 0%
Other 3%
Number of Responses 440

 

What one type of principal employer will you be working for (or training with) in the next year?
U.S. 4-year college or university other than medical school 35%
U.S.medical school (including university-affiliated hospital or medical center) 2%
U.S. university-affiliated research institute 8%
U.S. community or two-year college 0%
U.S. preschool, elementary, middle, secondary school or school system 0%
Foreign educational institution 7%
Foreign government 1%
U.S. federal government 3%
U.S. state government 0%
U.S. local government 0%
Not-for-profit organization 3%
Industry (for-profit) 38%
Self-employed 1%
Other 2%
Number of Responses 351