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October 19, 2017
College Class of 2016: 81 Percent Employed or Pursuing Advanced Degree Within Six Months of Graduation
BETHLEHEM, PA—Four-fifths of bachelor’s degree graduates from the Class of 2016 were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation, according to a new report published by the NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition.
The report, First Destinations for the College Class of 2016, shows that approximately 58 percent were employed full time and 5.6 percent were employed part time, while 17.5 percent were pursuing a graduate or professional degree. Slightly more than 16 percent of the class reported they were still seeking a job or further schooling six months following graduation.
These numbers are down slightly from those reported for the Class of 2015—which saw 82 percent of its bachelor’s degree graduates in a job or continuing their education within six months of graduation—but compare favorably to those posted for the Class of 2014, the first class to take part in the survey. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1: First Destinations – College Classes of 2014 – 2016
Other highlights from the report include:
First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 is available free for download at www.naceweb.org/job-market/graduate-outcomes/first-destination/class-of-2016 The report also includes outcomes information for associate, master’s, and doctoral degree graduates.
About the Report: First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 represents the third set of data for undergraduates and the second set of data collected for advanced degree graduates. Results are based on a national initiative headed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE); overall, NACE received responses from 350 schools/career centers detailing results for their bachelor’s degree graduates; 53 schools reported data for associate degree completers; 144 schools provided information for those earning a master’s degree; and 81 institutions reported results for doctoral degree recipients. In total, the graduating classes of these reporting institutions represent more than 650,000 graduates; this includes 516,000 at the bachelor’s degree level; 11,000 at the associate degree level; 110,000 at the master’s level; and 17,700 at the doctoral degree level.
Data were collected for the Class of 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) through December 30, 2016, reported to NACE through April 2016, and published by the NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition, a 501(c)(3) charitable, not-for-profit organization that supports the mission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media at www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/.