employed locations
EMPLOYED LOCATIONS

First destinations of Virginia Tech graduates
After the undergradate degree

Our reports  are based on self-report by Virginia Tech graduates who complete bachelor's and associate's degrees. Data collection is continuous from the month prior to commencement throughrough six months after commencement. The report provides answers to these questions and more:

  • Who are graduates' employers?
  • How did graduates find their jobs?
  • Where are grads continuing education?
    What programs, degrees, institutions?
  • Who gave grads advice?
  • What experience — internships (paid, unpaid), volunteering, field study, etc. — did they have during college?
  • What do grads wish they'd done differently?

The survey has Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board approval: IRB number 14-586.

In the reports, you can view informaton by university, by college, and by major.
View single-year annual reports and multi-year summaries linked below.

How the data are used:

The Post-Graduation Report is used by the Virginia Tech Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness: Student Consumer Information to meet federal requirements for disclosure and reporting of data on "student outcomes," specifically employment and graduate/professional school "placement" following the undergraduate degree.

Note that "placement" is the term used in federal reporting requirements. Career centers typically do not use the term "placement" because this implies an action taken on a student's behalf by someone else who controls decision-making. Employment decisions and graduate school admission decisions are not controlled by career centers.

Important cautions and considerations when reading the data:

First destinations of new graduates are one factor to consider as students research majors for best fit and potential first-steps toward career goals. Many variables other than major contribute to new graduates' first destinations, and those factors cannot all be measured with a survey. Each graduate is an individual person who makes individual choices related to career planning and post-graduation pursuits. Numbers do not tell all the personal stories. The larger economy impacts the employability of graduates (Net job gains / losses by Metropolitan Statistical Area, 1999-present; Geography of Jobs). We have consulted with the Virginia Tech Office of Assessment and Evaluation for expertise and advice on the collection and interpretation of our data; consider all data in the reports as having a +/-5% margin of error. Career and Professional Development does not use post-graduation data to make value-judgments about majors. This data set does not reveal the long-term value of an undergraduate education. In Career and Professional Development we encourage students to seek career advising early in college — starting the first year. Our goal is to empower students with self-understanding and knowledge of the world of work so they can make decisions and take action to move forward on the journey toward their individual career goals.

 

FIRST DESTINATION AFTER UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

SINGLE-ACADEMIC-YEAR REPORTS:

Data for grads of each academic year.
In each report: view by university, college or major.

2015-2016 Report
[Preliminary data published as of Jan. 13, 2017. This is subject to review and update. Additional summaries may be added.]

Extra summaries compiled from report data:
- Response rates by colleges graph
- Response rates: colleges & majors table
- Employed & continuing education by colleges
- How grads found jobs: by univ. & colleges

 

2014-2015 Report
[Published Jan. 2016]

Keys & cautions to reading the 2014-2015 data.
Extra summaries compiled from report data:
- Response rates by colleges graph
- Employed & continuing education by colleges
- How grads found jobs: by univ. & colleges

 

2013-2014 Report
[Published Jan. 2015]

Extra summaries compiled from report data:
Executive summary
Response rates by college graph
Response rates: colleges & majors
Employed & Cont. Education by colleges: graph
How grads found jobs: by univ. & colleges
Types of experience by colleges graph

 

2012-2013 Report

Extra summaries compiled from report data:
Executive summary
Response rates by college graph
Response % & Ns: colleges & majors
Employed & Cont. Education: colleges: graph
Types of experience by college graph

 

2011-2012 Report

Extra summaries compiled from report data:
Executive summary
Response rates by college graph
Response % & Ns: colleges & majors
Employed & Cont. Education: colleges: graph

 

2010-2011 Report

Executive summary
Response % & Ns: colleges & majors

 

2009-2010 Report

Executive summary

 

2008-2009 Report

Executive summary

 

2007-2008 Report

 

2006-2007 Report

 

2005-2006 Report

 

2004-2005 Report

 

2003-2004 Report

MULTI-YEAR SUMMARIES:

Selected [not all] data for university & colleges.
Thirteen years: 2003-2004 to 2015-2016.
To see all data, see single-acad-year reports; left column.

Selected data points | university data.

Employed & Continuing Education
   University & colleges table

Schools reported by ≥4 grads continuing education.

Employers reported by ≥5 or 6 employed grads.

How employed grads found jobs
   University & colleges
   Graph university [full-size view of thumbnail below]

Salary medians | university and colleges.
   With numbers and percentages of employed grads
   who reported salaries.

Regrets about career planning | university data.
   What grads wished they had done differently
   related to career planning.

To see major / college data:
View single-academic-year reports in left column.
Within each report you can select view:
university | college | major


Snapshot we prepared for parents of new students for Summer Orientation.

Source of accepted job by employed graduates, data reported for twelve academic years.

click to view full size employed grads' job source
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Where grads are employed geographically
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Where grads continue education geographically
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