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Recent NDSU graduates see high employment rate

NDSU graduates continue to be welcomed into the job market. NDSU’s “2021 Career Outcomes” report says recent graduates have seen a 92% success rate.

According to the report, 73% of the recent graduates who responded are employed, while another 19% are continuing their education. Only 7% indicated they are seeking employment within six months after graduation.

This year’s report surveyed students who graduated in August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021. A total of 1,589 responded out of 2,433 graduates – a 62% response rate.

“This last year included times where our unemployment rates were at some of the highest points our country has seen since the Great Depression and has now rebounded where employers are looking for our graduates,” said Becky Bahe, Career and Advising Center director. “Throughout these fluctuations, our graduates had a 92% success rate of employment and/or continuing education. Through these numbers and the communication with employers, it is clear students graduating from NDSU are highly sought after employees due to the quality of education offered.”

Other highlights from the report include:

• 40% of respondents reported North Dakota as their home state; 80% of these respondents are employed in North Dakota.

• 54% of respondents reported Minnesota as their home state; 46% of these respondents are employed in Minnesota; 41% of these respondents are employed in North Dakota

• Graduates reported accepting employment in 39 states and five were planning to work outside of the United States.

• The median reported salary is $50,000, while the median bonus is $4,000.

The top 18 employers for graduates of all degree types were:

• Sanford Health

• Essentia Health

• Doosan Bobcat

• Aldevron

• John Deere

• Fargo Public Schools


• Bell Bank

• CHI St. Alexius

• Scheels

• West Fargo Public Schools

• Thrifty White Pharmacy

• Wanzek Construction

• 3M

• Abbott Northwestern Hospital

• AgCountry Farm Credit Services

• Boston Scientific

• KLJ Engineering

The report is prepared annually by the Career and Advising Center in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.

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Last Updated: Thursday, August 18, 2022 10:58:19 AM
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