Career Center

The Career Center’s First Destination Profile for
Literature Science and the Arts (LSA) graduates, 2013-14

Wondering what the LSA (Literature Science and the Arts) undergraduate class of 2014 is doing after graduation? The Career Center’s First Destination survey is a snapshot of where this talented group has landed. The results are as diverse as the graduates themselves.

93.3% of the 2013-2014 LSA graduates responding to the survey indicated that they were employed or continuing their education. This percentage is slightly higher than the previous year’s graduates and especially impressive given today's job market.

First Destination Profile
93.3% of new graduates were employed or continuing their education.

Employed

60.3%

Continuing education

33%

Unemployed/Underemployed: Seeking employment

6.2%

Unemployed: Not seeking employment

1.1%

Employed

Top Fields
Graduates accepted jobs in more than 50 different career fields.

Average Salary

Education: K-12

$32,927

Healthcare/Medical

$29,547

Consulting

$59,439

Research: Sciences

$32,614

Marketing

$47,950

Banking: Investment and Securities

$66,568

Nonprofit/Philanthropy

       $20,680

Advertising

$41,000

Research: Social Sciences

$29,000

 

Top Geographical Locations

Michigan

37%

New York

12.6%

Illinois

10%

Outside of the U.S.

8.1%

California

5.8%

 

Employer Size

Under 100 employees

25.1%

100-1,000 employees

20.3%

50,001+ employees

19.3%

1,001-5,000 employees

13.5%

5,001-15,000 employees

10%

25,001-50,000 employees

7.1%

15,001-25,000 employees

4.9%

 

Actively Began Job Search
Launching an early job search yields better results. 

Employed

Unemployed

3-6 months or more before graduation

62%

38.5%

After graduation

15.6%

31.7%

Accepted job from previous internship

9.8%

 -

Fewer than 3 months before graduation

8.2%

18.3%

Did not job search

3.5%

11.5%

 

Participated in Internship(s)
Experience plays a role in landing a job.

Employed

Unemployed

One or more internship(s)

75.7%

63.5%

Did not have an internship

24.3%

36.5%

 

National Hiring Trends

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) employers overwhelmingly prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience (75% according to 2014 NACE Job Outlook) or some type of experience even it not directly relevant to job at hand.  It is increasingly important for younger students to tap Career Center resources so they are aware of and ready to pursue one or multiple internships before their senior year. 

The most popular major requested by employers recruiting via The Career Center continues to be “all majors”.  Employers are interested in the skills a candidate has gained both in- and outside of the classroom.  Top qualities sought by employers recruiting at The Career Center in 2013-14 include: verbal communication, problem solving, analytical, teamwork, initiative, and leadership skills.

 

Continuing Education

Top Academic Level
Seeking an advanced degree continues to be a popular choice for LSA graduates.

Professional (MD, DO, JD, etc.)

41.8%

Masters

39.6%

PhD, EdD, other doctoral

13.8%

 

Top Programs
Law and medical school continue to outpace other programs

 

Medicine

21.3%

Law

13.7%

Public Health

9.5%

 

Additional law & medical school admissions data

Law school application statistics
Medical school application statistics