Career Outcomes Hold Strong for DePaul's Class of 2016

​Career outcomes for DePaul's undergraduate and graduate students remain strong, according to a recent report from EMM’s Career Center. The 2016 undergraduate outcomes rate is 93 percent, and the graduate rate is 94 percent. These rates show the percentage of degree recipients who were employed, continuing their education, or not seeking employment or further studies* within six  months of graduation.

The career outcomes report, released in July 2017, is based on data the Career Center collected at June 2016 commencement and again six months later, in addition to information gathered from public record via LinkedIn. The knowledge rate, which is the percentage of the graduating population for which we have data—is 86 percent for undergraduates and 83 percent for graduates.  

“DePaul should be very proud of these career outcomes,” says Karyn McCoy, assistant vice president for the Career Center. “When compared with first-destination data provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DePaul continues to outperform national averages. For the class of 2016, DePaul boasts 81 percent of bachelor's degree recipients as employed versus the national rate of 65 percent. For master's degree recipients, 90 percent of DePaul graduates were employed at six-months after graduation versus the national average of 81 percent."  

Undergraduate highlights include:
  • Eighty-four percent of employed graduates who reported outcomes are in a job related to their degree.
  • Seventeen percent of employed graduates are in entrepreneurial, contract or freelance roles. 
  • The top industries for the class of 2016 are technology/science, financial services, retail, marketing/advertising/PR, media/entertainment, accounting, education and health care. 
  • Sixty-one percent of those who reported outcomes indicated they did an internship while at DePaul. 
  • The overall median salary is $46,000, with CDM the highest at $52,000.  
Graduate highlights include:
  • Ninety-four percent of employed graduates who reported outcomes are in a job related to their degree.
  • Fourteen percent of employed graduates are in entrepreneurial, contract or freelance roles. 
  • Eight percent of employed graduates are working as faculty.
  • The top industries for the class of 2016 are health care, technology/science, financial services, accounting, education, government and non-profit. 
  • The overall median salary is $60,000, with CDM at $75,000 and KGSB at $73,000. 
Additionally, both undergraduates and graduates found employment at a broad range of employers. DePaul graduates were hired by 96 percent of the largest publicly held companies in the Chicago area, 70 percent of the largest privately held companies and 80 percent of the companies Crain’s ranked as the best places to work**.

For more information on the 2016 career outcomes, view the full report online. To learn more about Career Center services and programs, visit the Career Center website or contact Karyn McCoy

*Graduates not seeking employment or further studies account for less than 1 percent of all survey respondents.
**Percentages based on Crain’s Chicago Book of Lists