Career Services Releases Career Outcome Report

By Justin Wier

Youngstown State University’s Office of Career Services recently released a report analyzing the career outcomes of students who graduated in the class of 2013-2014.

The information was gathered using a survey distributed to graduates. Of 1,771 graduates, 826 responded — a response rate of 47 percent.

Of the respondents, 60.89 percent of undergraduates and 69.81 of graduate students reported being employed full time. Part time employment was 10 percent of undergraduates and 14.15 percent of graduate students. Only 7.49 percent of undergraduates and 9.43 percent of graduate students reported being unemployed.

These numbers are comparable to the numbers from the previous report, in which 61.02 percent of undergraduates and 73.60 percent of graduate students reported full time employment.

Among undergraduates, 23 percent reported they were pursuing further education.

One of the more interesting results is that female graduates were more likely to find work than their male counterparts.

Female undergraduates reported being employed full time at a rate of 57.29 percent while their male counterparts reported a rate of 49.89 percent. Female graduate students reported being employed at a rate of 63.51 percent while their male counterparts reported a rate of 36.49 percent.

This is a change from last year.

The number for undergraduate females is close to the class of 2012-2013 57.29 percent, but there is a significant drop among males. The number for graduates was 64.43 percent last year.

There was also a significant decline among graduate students. Last year, 70.54 percent of females and 78.79 percent of males reported being employed full time.

With regards to salary, the male graduates who found work were likely to be paid more.

For undergraduates, 25.22 percent of male respondents reported making more than $50,000 while only 7.93 percent of females reported the same.

For graduate students, 53.57 percent of males and 32.65 of females reported making more than $50,000.

Students from the Williamson College of Business Administration and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are most likely to be employed full time or seeking further education with reported rates of 88.61 and 86.84 percent.

The College of Creative Arts and Communications has the lowest number of graduates employed full-time or seeking further education with a rate of 58.82 percent.

Students graduating from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and CCAC are least likely to find work directly related to their major, with respective rates of 33.33 and 40.91 percent.

A majority of respondents in all colleges that found full-time employment reported finding a job within three months of graduation. A majority of graduate students were employed before graduation.