Augustana Reports 98% Job Placement for Second Year in a Row

For the second consecutive year, Augustana is reporting that 98 percent of its most recent graduates (May 2013) seeking employment have accepted a position related to their major or chosen field.

The statistic comes from the Augustana Career Center's annual report, which follows the vocational and educational destinations of recent graduates during the first eight months following graduation. Other statistics in the report include:

  • Among the 385 recent graduates who pursued positions in nursing, human services and education, 100 percent report they are now working in those fields.
  • Augustana’s job placement rate for business-related majors also increased to 98 percent, up from 97 percent last year.
  • The average starting salary reported also increased to $41,112, up considerably from $37,572 last year.
  • The majority of graduates (59 percent) found careers in South Dakota.
  • A large percentage of graduates (21 percent) are enrolled in graduate and professional schools. Of those, 29 percent are in a medical-related program; 10 percent are pursing advanced study in the natural sciences, such as biology or chemistry; and 11 percent are pursuing programs in law or business.

“For today's young people, higher education is not only about forming a foundation of knowledge and experience, it is also about the outcome – specifically, the ability to find a career in a field one is passionate about," said Rob Oliver, president. "These numbers continue to illustrate that an Augustana education remains an outstanding investment."

“It makes us very proud, indeed, when local, national and international employers tell us that Augustana graduates are highly desirable as employees because they can think critically, reason analytically and communicate effectively. Results like these continue to drive home the fact that Augustana graduates are well-suited to thrive in virtually any field, anywhere around the globe.”

Critical to graduate outcomes is the Augustana Career Center, which works with employers around the world to match students and soon-to-be graduates to internships and open positions. The Center also helps students prepare for the transition from college to career by providing resume-building advice, interview coaching, workshops and the annual Career Symposium, which features panel discussions by Augustana alumni in a variety of career fields.

"Our graduates continue to enjoy a  trend of securing their desired employment and continuing their education after graduation,” said Sandi Vietor, director of the Augustana Career Center. “We hear time and time again from employers that Augustana graduates make excellent team members because they are creative thinkers and effective decision-makers who operate with a global perspective.”