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Post-Graduate Survey

Southwestern University graduates successfully launch their post-graduate lives in many diverse directions: continuing their education in graduate and professional school, securing employment, and volunteering their time and talent. The Center for Career & Professional Development’s annual Post-Graduate Survey reports on these first-destination outcomes. 

PGS 2021 summary stat


The Class of 2021 comprises 314 graduates from December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021. The Center for Career & Professional Development obtained information on 261 (83 percent of the class). 

74.3 %    Employed
22.6 %    Graduate / professional school or advanced coursework
  1.2 %    Volunteer service
  1.9 %    Other (seeking, traveling, caring for family, etc.)


Selected Organizations and Positions 

ABM Industries Inc., Emerging Talent Coordinator
Accruent, Sales Development Representative
Advanced Micro Targeting, Program Director
Apex Systems, Geographic Information Systems Technician
Apogee, Sales Engineering Coordinator
Athletic Training and Health, Performance Coach
Ballet Austin, Development Administrator
Behavioral Innovations, Registered Behavioral Technician
Blackbaud, Software Engineer
Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County, Development Assistant
Brown & Riding Insurance Services, Inc., Assistant Broker
BTS, Business Analyst
Capital One Financial Corporation, Software Engineer
Charles Schwab Corporation, Associate Financial Services Professional
Cloudflare, Inc., Business Development Representative
Cognizant, Client Concierge Analyst
Comcast Corporation, DE&I Project Manager
Communities in Schools of Southeast Harris and Brazoria County, Program         Coordinator
Cox Automotive, Software Engineer
Curative, Inc., Clinical Laboratory Assistant II
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Patient Care Technician
Dell Technologies, Small Business Advisor
Deloitte Consulting LLP, Project Delivery Senior Analyst
DHL Express, Inside Sales Executive
Disney College Program, Cast Member
Empower Therapy Center, Behavioral Health Technician
Environmental Solutions Group, Python Developer
Equitable Advisors, Financial Advisor in Training
Ernst & Young Global Limited, Tax Support Associate Analyst
Fidelity Investments Inc., Retirement Planner Associate
First United Methodist Church Missouri City, Director of Communication
Fort Worth ISD, Family Engagement Specialist
Frost Bank, Employee Relations Specialist
General Motors Company, Software Developer
Georgetown Physical Therapy, LLC, Physical Therapy Technician
GLG, Council Development Associate
GoDaddy Inc., Content Specialist
Healthline Media, Inc., Associate Editor
H-E-B Grocery Company, LP, Global Logistics Traffic
Hope Alliance, Hotline & Intake Advocate
Hopper Mikeska, PLLC, Legal Assistant
Houston Astros, Affiliate Business Operations Coordinator
IDEA Public Schools, Inc., Teacher
Integral Care, Intensive Case Manager
Katy ISD, Teacher, Assistant Softball Coach
LandPark Advisors, LLC, Financial Analyst
Marsh, Account Coordinator
Narrative Ads, Junior Casting Coordinator
Natera, Inc., Quality Control Technician
North American Language and Culture Assistants Program, English Teaching      Assistant
Pax8, Cloud Generation Specialist
Pflugerville ISD, High School Science Teacher
Pinkhouse Productions, Productions Assistant
Planoly, People Operations Coordinator
Popp Hutcheson PLLC, Paralegal
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Audience Services
Q2, Marketing Operations Specialist
Quad/Graphics, Corporate Trainee
Refugee Services of Texas, Community Outreach Coordinator
Retina Center of Texas, Ophthalmic Technician/Scribe
Ryan,  LLC, Commercial Property Tax Consultant
Saint Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic School, 4th Grade Teacher
Sam Houston State University, Annual Giving Coordinator
Sellerant, Growth Marketing Associate
South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless, Systems Coordinator
Southwestern University, Assistant Director of Development
Stratfor, a RANE Company, Writer/Editor
Take2ID (Take 2 Identity, Inc.), Software Engineer
TaskHuman, Sales Development Representative
Teach for America, Secondary Science Teacher
Texas Department of State Health Services, Writing and Design Specialist
Texas Nurses Association, Government Affairs Coordinator
Texas Public Radio, Grants Coordinator
Texas State House of Representatives, Legislative Aide
The Luna Collective, Director of Photography
The Pet Hospitals, Veterinary Assistant
Thinkery, Stewardship Coordinator
U.S. House of Representatives, Deputy Press Secretary to U.S.           Representative John Carter
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Campaign Associate
Unity College, Assistant Registrar
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Behavioral Neuropharmacology Laboratory      Technician
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Research Assistant
Vmware, Inc., Business Developer

Where are They Working? 

85 %    Texas
14 %    15 other states (including Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New               York and Tennessee, among others)
   2 %    Internationally (Japan, Mexico, Spain)

What Do They Earn?

Respondents working full-time who reported annual salaries earn:

Average starting salary              $49,589
Low salary                                  $24,000
High salary                                 $95,000

Is The Work In Their Field of Interest? 

58.3%     Completely
28.1 %    Somewhat
13.5 %     Not at all

Graduate / Professional School and Advanced Coursework

Selected Institutions and Programs of Study 

American University, MA, Global Environmental Policy
Angelo State University, MEd, Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness       

Baylor College of Medicine, MS, Genetic Counseling
Baylor University, DPT
Dartmouth College, PhD, Computer Science
George Washington University, MA, Political Communications
Georgetown University, Special Master’s Program, Physiology
New York University, MA, Music Business
Rice University, MAcc, Accounting
Texas A&M College of Medicine, MD
Texas A&M University, PhD, Inorganic Chemistry
Texas State University, MS, Rehabilitation Sciences
Texas State University, DPT
Texas Woman’s University, MS, Counseling and Development
University of Alabama Law School, JD
University of Denver, MA, International Affairs
University of Georgia, MA, Spanish Linguistics
University of Houston College of Optometry, OD
University of Illinois at Chicago, MS, Biomedical Visualization
University of Oregon, MS, Sports Product Management
University of Pittsburgh, MA, International Relations
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, OTD (Occupational Therapy)
University of Texas at Arlington, PhD, History
University of Texas at Arlington, MSW
University of Texas at Austin, MS, Community and Regional Planning
University of Texas at Austin, MA, Latin American Studies
University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Human Development and Family Studies
University of Texas at Dallas, MS, Speech Language Pathology
University of Texas at San Antonio, MS, Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas Medical Branch, MD
University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, OD
University of West Alabama, MBA, Sports Management
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD, Organic Chemistry
UT Health Houston, MPH
UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School, MD
Xavier University, MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

What Kind of Programs are They Pursuing? 

More than 22 percent of the Class of 2021 continued their education directly after Southwestern. Of those continuing their studies, they did so in the following ways:

78 %   Graduate school (e.g. Master of Arts, PhD, etc.)
10 %   Advanced coursework (e.g. teacher certification, grad school pre-       
           requisites, second Bachelor’s)
  5 %   Medical School (MD, DO)
  2 %   Law School
  5 %   Other professional school (e.g. DDS, OD, DVM, etc.)

Where are They Studying? 

60 %    Texas
35 %    14 other U.S. states
  2 %     Internationally (Spain)
  4 %     Online


Total Internships

Respondents who reported about internships engaged in:

73 %     At least one internship
36 %     Two or more internships
1-5        Range of number of internships per respondent

Pay for Internships

Of respondents who engaged in internships:

60 %      Took part in paid internships

65 %      Took part in unpaid internships 

Percentages reflect that many graduates had more than one internship experience.

About the Survey

Data collection takes place between April each year and the following March, and includes surveys at Commencement, via email prior to and after Commencement, via follow-up phone calls, and from outcomes data published by graduates, employers and educational institutions online. 

The resultant aggregated data includes information about percentage working or going to school, locations, a sampling of employers and graduate programs, salaries, and internship information. For questions or more detailed information please contact pirate2pro@southwestern.edu .

Downloadable archived data is available from the links below. The class comprises graduates from December, May, and August.