Career Destinations, 2005-06 Graduates

After graduating with the bachelor's degree, most students either enter the world of work or continue their education in graduate or professional schools. USD conducts an annual survey to learn about the career choices made by undergraduate students who were awarded bachelor's degrees during the previous academic year. The survey is conducted online, beginning six months after the May graduation ceremony.

What are the graduates doing? The majority of those who responded to the survey chose employment immediately after graduation.

Current Status
79% Employed
13% Enrolled in graduate or professional school
5% Seeking employment
4% Travel, volunteer work, personal commitments
Almost half of the employed respondents received a job offer before graduating.
Received First Job Offer
46% Before graduating
40% Within three months after graduating
11% Four to six months after graduating
3% More than six months after graduating
Of those respondents employed full time, 80% shared their annual salaries.
Annual Salaries
Average: $43,366
Range: $16,000 – $150,000
Although most graduates chose employment, 73% of those currently employed expected to return to graduate school at some time in the future.
Plans for Further Education
14% Are actively applying to graduate or professional school
59% Plan to enroll in the next few years
27% Have no immediate plans for further education