Over 90 percent of students in New York University’s 2010 undergraduate class are employed full-time or are in graduate school, according to an annual survey conducted by NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development.
The Wasserman Center’s report, “Life Beyond the Square,” surveyed students who graduated with an NYU bachelor’s degree in 2010. It found that of the 90.5 percent who are employed full-time or in graduate school, 78 percent of students have a full-time job while 22 percent are attending a graduate or professional school. A small percentage are working full-time and attending a graduate or professional school. This rate is above the 90 percent placement rate found in the 2009 survey.
The survey, conducted from September to November of 2010, had a response rate of just under 62 percent and included 2,850 respondents. It may be downloaded here.
“We are very pleased with the findings of this survey, which captures a large percentage of the graduating class,” said Trudy Steinfeld, executive director of the Wasserman Center. “It shows that despite less-than-rosy overall economic news, employers recognize the talents of NYU graduates, and the value of the education they receive here."
“The Wasserman Center tirelessly cultivates relationships with employers in order to create terrific job opportunities for NYU students,” added Marc Wais, NYU’s vice president for student affairs. “We are pleased that so many students make use of the center’s nationally acclaimed programs and services and recognize its value in pursuing their careers.”
Other findings included the following:
- The mean salary for respondents was $50,500.
- Seventy-seven percent of the respondents secured their job less than three months after graduation; in addition, 60 percent secured their job in less than two months--a 10 percent increase from last year’s survey.
- Thirty-six percent of the respondents received two or more job offers.
- Respondents reported working in over 114 different fields and most likely to be working in one of the following: financial services (10 percent), education/teaching (9.2 percent), healthcare administration (8.4 percent), entertainment (8 percent), banking (6.2 percent), hospitality (5.4 percent), and science/research (3.6 percent).
- Twenty percent of respondents received a full-time job offer as a result of their internship. This is especially true in the following industries: financial services, communications, healthcare, technology, accounting, and consulting.
- Nearly half of the respondents—49.5 percent—said they had participated in a study abroad program, and of these, 37.5 percent said they felt that the experience had helped them to secure a full-time job and 35.5 percent thought it was helpful to their graduate school application process.
- The respondents enrolled in graduate and professional schools represent 115 disciplines. Graduate and professional school enrollment patterns remained similar to those of last year’s survey. The majority of respondents are pursuing graduate or professional study in one of the following disciplines: law (19 percent), medicine (11 percent), education (7 percent), psychology (6 percent), social work (3.5 percent), dentistry (3.15 percent), economics (2.3 percent), public health (1.7 percent), and public administration (1.5 percent)
- Just over 81 percent of the respondents stated that they utilized the resources of the Wasserman Center for Career Development in their job search, up 1 percent from last year; in addition, 88.5 percent of students used NYU CareerNet in their full-time job search.