The Career Services Center of Western Washington University surveyed the graduates of the 2015-2016 academic year, and the results show continued improvement in the job market for recent graduates.
While the percentage of bachelor’s degree recipients reporting employment was similar to the previous year at 83.1 percent compared to 82.7 percent, the percentage securing field-related jobs increased by 2 percent.
“The data continues to show improved outcomes for our graduates entering the job market and pursuing further education,” said Matt Bryant, assistant director of operations for Academic & Career Development Services at Western.
Top employers of bachelor’s degree recipients included Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft, Everett School District and Lake Washington School District.
The employment rate for master’s degree recipients was 93.3 percent, a notable increase from the 86.9 percent reported the previous year. The overall employment rate for recipients of teaching certificates was 96.5 percent, with 82.3 percent employed in Washington State public schools.
Also worth noting is that the percentage of bachelor’s degree recipients pursuing continued education increased from 11.9 percent to 13.2 percent.
For a number of disciplines the percentage of graduates going on for further training was 40 percent or greater. The percentage of master’s degree recipients pursuing further education was 6 percent.
Data was collected from 45.2 percent of the 3,280 students who received bachelor’s degrees, 75 percent of the 329 students who received master’s degrees and 74 percent of the 261 students who earned teacher certification.
Complete survey results for this year and years past can be found on the Career Services Center website at: http://www.wwu.edu/careers/.
For more information, visit the Career Services Center offices in Old Main 280 or call (360) 650-3240.