Whoa: Stunning data on class of 2015 employment

According to NACE’s class of 2015 report:

  • 4 percent of 2015 bachelor’s degree graduates were employed full time, while 17.7 percent had been accepted into graduate or professional school, and 6 percent were working part time.
  • 2015 bachelor’s degree graduates outpaced their 2014 counterparts in securing full-time employment and continuing education. In fact, a greater percentage of 2015 graduates “landed” successfully than those who graduated in 2014; fewer 2015 graduates were working part time, still seeking employment, or still seeking continuing education than was the case with the previous crop of graduates.
  • By region, graduates in the New England (68.5 percent) and Plains (67.8 percent) regions fared best in terms of overall employment outcomes, while those in the Southwest (50.2 percent) and Far West (46.8 percent) were least likely to be employed full- or part time.
  • Full-time employment figures for Class of 2015 social sciences, English, and history majors all improved over those posted for the Class of 2014.
  • Some disciplines suffered a down year, most notably Engineering, with an over 20 percent drop in percent standard employment full-time.
  • The overall outcomes rate for both master’s and doctoral graduates were approximately 90 percent and starting salaries increased substantially at each step up in degree level.
Copyright: NACE
Copyright: NACE

An executive summary of the survey, which also covered first destinations for associate, master’s, and doctoral degree-level graduates, is available through NACE.

In addition, details about outcomes for 2015 graduates by specific major will be available later in June.

The Class of 2016 survey, which captures data for those graduating July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, is currently underway. Data will be collected through December 31, 2016, reported to NACE through March 2017, and published in spring 2017.

The Class of 2015 survey is the second iteration of NACE’s national initiative to gather outcomes data for new college graduates. NACE conducted its inaugural outcomes survey with the Class of 2014. Consequently, the Class of 2015 survey provides the first opportunity to make comparisons between graduating classes.

For more information on the results of the 2015 NACE survey, including employment data by degree, employment data by type of institution, employment data by academic discipline, institutions that participated in the survey, and much more, click here. or go to NACE’s survey landing page here.