Every year, Center for Professional Pathways surveys graduates one after graduation, to learn about their

employment status, wages and graduate school attendance. Below, we also share examples of where WOU graduates are working and positions held.

Here are results from the past three One-Year-Out Graduate surveys

Status 15/16 2014 2013
Employed Full-Time 51% 67% 56%
Employed Part-Time 28% 18% 26%
Currently looking for work 63% 73% 61%
Employed within area of study 73% 75% 74%
Employed within Oregon 86% 80% 78%
Earn less than $30,000/yr 73% 57% 70%
Earn between $30-50,000/yr 17% 37% 22%
Earn more than $50,000/yr 10% 5% 8%
Employed within 3 months of graduating 73% 63% 27%
Employed within 4-6 months of graduating 20% 18% 14%
Employed within 7-12 months 6% 8% 18%
Found position via networking 32% 28% 36%
Found position via Internet Search 24% 20% 25%
Internship/field experience (non-ed majors) 36% 44% 30%
On campus job 47% 49% 45%
Off campus job 45% 50% 47%
Volunteered 39% 54% 26%
Service Learning 12% 19% 16%
No work experience 6% 5% 7%
Attending Grad School 31% 25% 32%
Planning Grad School 38% 52%
Will not attend Grad School 23% 11%


The survey also inquires about students’ usage of SLCD

# of times visited 2015 2014 2013
0 times 36% 25% 17%
1-5 times 42% 52% 37%
6-10 times 11% 10% 22%
11-20 times 3% 2% 6%
More than 20 times 1% 3% 17%
Did not know there was an office that helps with career development 7% 8%


We asked how satisfied graduates were with their engagement with SLCD

Very Satisfied/Satisfied 76% 59% 59%
Neutral 22% 38% 38%
Dissatisfied 1% 2.5% 2.5%


Examples of where recent WOU Grads were working one year out of college

Major at WOU Employer Title
American Sign Language ASL/English Interpreting Eugene School District ASL/English Interpreter
American Sign Language ASL/English Interpreting School district in Washington ASL Interpreter
American Sign Language ASL/English Interpreting Eugene 4j School District ASL Interpreter
American Sign Language ASL/English Interpreting Tacoma school district ASL Interpreter
Art Western Oregon University Cook 1 late night supervisor
Baccalaureate initial license Amity School District Teacher
Baccalaureate initial license Salem Keizer School District Teacher
Baccalaureate initial license District 6 Teacher
Baccalaureate initial license Willamette Valley Christian School Science Teacher
Biology Umpqua Research Company Environmental Microbiologist
Business Charlotte Hornets Inside Sales Consultant
Business Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Pharmacy Technician
Business Financial Advisor Executive Assistant
Business Self-Employed Owner
Business Chegg Customer Experience Specialist
Business Green Newton Jamison LLP Staff Accountant
Business Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Pharmacy Technician
Business Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, LLC Staff Accountant
Business Nordstrom Retail sales
Business Western Oregon university Assistant Softball Coach
Communication Studies Agency Producer Associate Producer
Communication Studies Mennonite Village Compliance and Risk Manager
Communication Studies TTSD Learning Specialist Assistant
Communication Studies Tigers Tualatin School District Learning Specialist Assistant
Community Health Education Community Action Agency Polk County Resource Center Coordinator
Community Health Education Owen Roe Winery Sales Admin Coordinator
Community Health Education Community action Polk County Resource Center: Coordinator
Community Health Education Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Clinic Assistant
Computer Science CDK Global Software Engineer I
Computer Science Addictions Recovery Center Database Coordinator
Computer Science CDK Global Software Engineer I
Computer Science/Mathematics Microfocus Quality Assurance Engineer
Criminal Justice Tigard Police Department Police Officer
Criminal Justice Eugene Mission Lead Guest Services Supervisor
Criminal Justice WOU Athletics Graduate Assistant
English, Writing & Linguistics Tigard Tualatin School District Language Arts Teacher
English, Writing & Linguistics Central School District Teacher
English, Writing & Linguistics Roads Charter School Teacher – Bridge Coordinator
Exercise Science 24 Hour Fitness Personal Trainer
Exercise Science Samaritan Health Services Physical Therapy Aide
Exercise Science 24 Hour Fitness Personal Trainer
Geography Intel Manufacturing Technician
Gerontology US Bank Teller
History Salem Door and Supply Delivery driver
Information Systems TEKSystems Server installation technician
Music Self-Employed Musician
Humanities Goodwill Cashier
Interdisciplinary OHSU Patient Access Specialist
Special Education Salem Keizer School District Special education
Interdisciplinary Pacific Office Automation Contract Administrator
Interdisciplinary IKEA Sales Coworker
MA Counseling Department of Human Services Vocational Counselor
Interdisciplinary YMCA Child care
Education Petco Companion Animal Leader
Interdisciplinary Hawes Financial Group Executive Administrative Assistant
Visual Communication Legacy Real Estate Marketing Manager
Political Science National Grocers Association Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
Post-baccalaureate initial license Rainier School District Teacher
Post-baccalaureate initial license Springfield School District 5th Grade Teacher
Psychological Sciences Marion County Psychiatric Crisis Center QMHA for Respite and Diversion
Psychological Sciences Clackamas County Personal Support Worker
Psychological Sciences Cornerstone Valley Inc. Behavior Specialist
Special Education & Rehabilitation Counseling minor Department of Human Services Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


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