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Survey Results Class of 2009
Graduate Follow-Up Survey > Survey Results Class of 2009

Class of 2009 Results

Coordinated by the Career Services Office at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Each year, Career Services conducts a follow-up survey, focusing on the post-graduate status of the previous year’s December, May and August Bachelor’s degree candidates. In addition to providing a copy of the survey with each graduate’s diploma, attempts are made to contact each graduate via mailings, e-mails and phone calls. Faculty and employers are also asked to contribute their knowledge of alumni whereabouts.  A final report is compiled in late spring.

Survey Response Rate:
Number of Graduates:  
December 2008
May 2009
August 2009
321
581
87
Total Number of Alumni = > 989
680 out of 989 alumni = 68.9%


Distribution of Degrees Awarded and Respondents:

* Of the 680 respondents, 146 (21.5%) had double majors;
eleven (11) had three majors, and one graduate had four (4) majors.

Undergraduate Majors*
Degrees Awarded Number of Respondents
Accounting
47 29
Art
23 15
Arts Management
4 3
Biology
29 19
Business Administration
150 109
Chemistry
10 8
Communication & the Arts
19 11
Communication
69 51
Computer Science
9 9
Earth Science
7 6
Economics
7 6
Elementary Education
62 42
English
32 19
Environmental Policy & Planning
21 15
Environmental Science
10 9
First Nations Studies
6 5
French
1 1
German
5 4
History
30 19
Human Biology
99 66
Human Development
92 69
Humanistic Studies
8 4
Individualized Major
1 1
Interdisciplinary Studies
65 39
Information Sciences
4 4
Mathematics
16 7
Music
18 7
Nursing
59 46
Philosophy
4 3
Political Science
27 22
Psychology
129 90
Public Administration
27 11
Social Change & Development
19 10
Social Work
28 13
Spanish
13 6
Theatre
14 7
Urban & Regional Studies
15 9

Class of 2009 Survey Results

Post-Graduation Status
   Currently employed
78.7%
   Pursuing graduate school/continuing education 1
16.3%
   Still seeking employment 2
2.1%
   Not currently seeking employment 2
2.1%
   Active military service
0.9%

Notes:
1 - Includes graduate work, additional degree or certification as primary post-graduation status.
2 - Respondent may or may not be employed.

Position Acceptance
Of those who responded to “Did you accept your position prior to graduation?” 56.7% noted they had accepted prior to graduation.  Of those who had not accepted a position prior to graduation:  
  Less than one month after graduation
23.7%
  One to three months after graduation
36.7%
  Three to six months after graduation
24.9%
 
Salary Information
For salaries reported by respondents (167 total) in full-time positions, the average starting salary was $34,307. With regard to ranges:
    Salary range from $20,000 - $29,999
22.8%
    Salary range from $30,000 - $39,999
32.9%
    Salary range from $40,000 and up
18.0%
 
Relationship of Position to Major
When asked the question “Is your position related to your major/program of study” 77.3% of the 450 respondents indicated “Yes.” (52% indicated “Very Related” and 25.3% indicated “Yes, Somewhat Related”)
Job Lead Sources
In addition to the services and resources provided by Career Services (web-based resumes and position listings, on-campus interviews, resume referrals & job fairs), graduates also indicated the following additional resources for locating positions:
  • Previously held position
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Friends/Relatives
  • Internet sites
  • Newspaper advertisements
  • Direct application to employer

* Includes internships, part-time and full-time employment

Reasons for Accepting Employment
Graduates were asked “What influenced your decision to accept this position?” and were able to select multiple answers.  Of the 196 responses, the percent that chose the following reasons include:
  • Benefits........................ 29.6%
  • Economy...................... 35.2%
  • Geographic Location.... 37.8%
  • Salary ...........................27.0%
  • Other............................ 54.1%

Those who selected “Other” were asked to explain.  Responses varied  -- a sampling is included below:

  • Position is related to my desired career field/major - 22
  • To gain experience in the field - 12
  • Interested in the position, industry and/or company - 9
  • Flexible hours and/or schedule - 7
  • Held this position previously/stayed in current role
  • Enjoyed working for employer (through previous part-time job or internship) - 4
  • Was not able to find another job/needed income until I could find another job -19
  • Room for professional growth/advancement - 5
  • Family business - 2

Geographic Location

Of the respondents that indicated the location of their employer (509 total), 86.1% are employed in Wisconsin.  The states in which our graduates reported employment this year are:

AK, AL, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA

Of those employed in Wisconsin who indicated city (416 total), 79.1% work within a 50 mile radius of Green Bay and 58.7% work within Brown County.  Eight (8) alumni noted working internationally; these countries include Austria, Denmark, Germany, Japan and South Korea.

Sampling of Employers Who Hired
Class of 2009 Graduates
:


ACUITY • Aldrich Chemical • Americorps • Ameriprise
    Appleton Papers • Arthritis Foundation • Associated Bank

Aurora BayCare • Boys & Girls Club • Brown County • Community Blood Center

Covance • Enzymatic Therapy   Family Services • Green Bay Public Schools

Homes for Independent Living • Humana, Inc.

Integrys Energy Group • Kohl’s Corporation • KI 

Lutheran Social Services • Menards • Oneida Nation • PMI Group

 Sanimax • Schenck Business Solutions • Schneider National

Schreiber Foods • ShopKo, Inc. • Sherwin Williams

St. Vincent’s Hospital • State of Wisconsin • UnitedHealth Group

Virchow Krause • Wisconsin Early Autism Project 

A Sampling of Graduate and Professional Schools Who Accepted
Class of 2009 Graduates:


American University    Argosy University    Arizona State University

Bellin College    College of St. Scholastica    East Carolina University

George Washington University    Indiana University

Loyola University Chicago    Mankato State University

Marquette University    Medical College of Wisconsin

 National University of Health Sciences    Northern Arizona University

Northern Illinois University    Oklahoma State University

Palmer College of Chiropractic • Purdue University • University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati    University of Illinois    University of Minnesota

University of St. Thomas •  University of Tennessee •  Vermont Law School

William Mitchell College of Law

 University of Wisconsin:  Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Platteville and Stout 

Results for Majors 

To view more information about employers, job titles, salaries and graduate programs for various majors, CLICK HERE to view the 2009 Graduate Follow-Up Survey Major Report(NOTE: Report will open in PDF format).


If you have questions about these survey results, please contact us at:

Career Services University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive, SS 1600
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
(920) 465-2163
careers@uwgb.edu


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