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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 2022 Outcome Statistic


The Class of 2022 comprises 377 graduates from December 2021, May 2022, and August 2022. The Center for Career & Professional Development obtained information on 320 (85 percent of the class). 

75.3 %    Employed
22.8 %    Graduate / professional school or advanced coursework
  1.9 %    Other (seeking, traveling, caring for family, etc.)


Selected Organizations and Positions 

350NH Action, Climate Election Organizer
ABA Connect, Registered Behavior Technician
Addison Group, Recruiter
Alexander Gray Associates, Gallery Assistant
alliantgroup, Associate Consultant
American Bookbinders Museum, Development Manager
American Income Life: AO, Licensed Insurance Agent
Amplify Credit Union, Personal Banker
anthonyBarnum Public Relations, Assistant Account Executive
Atlas Technical Consultants, Recruiting Coordinator
Austin Galleries, Marketing Specialist
Avantor | Nusil, QC Lab Analyst
Bank of America Private Bank, Wealth Strategy Analyst
Barings LLC, Investment Analyst
Breakthrough Central Texas (via AmeriCorps), Student Advisor
Brookwood in Georgetown, Site Citizen Supervisor
Bryan ISD, Teacher
Carol Fox & Associates, PR and Marketing Assistant
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Elementary Teacher
CEVA Animal Health, LLC, Territory Manager
ChampionX, Chemist
City of Austin, Research Analyst
Cohere Health, Software Engineer
Compassus, Bereavement Coordinator
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Research Technician
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, Development Coordinator
Energy Exploration Technologies (EnergyX), Research Chemist
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Management Trainee
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Cultural Programming Assistant
FEMA, Bilingual Agent Caller
Fidelity Investments, Retirement Planning Associate
Flatiron Construction Corp., Field Engineer
Frontier Bank of Texas, Community Banking Representative
Fulbright U.S. Student Program, English Teaching Assistant
Gartner, Research Specialist
Georgetown ISD, 8th grade Language Arts Teacher
Global Grit Institute, Social Media Manager
GSI Environmental Inc., Environmental Scientist (ESG I)
HashiCorp, Solutions Engineer
Hillcroft Medical Clinic, Lab Technician
Hope Alliance, Legal Advocate
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Development Officer, Fundraising Events
IBM, Software Developer
Jared, Bench Jeweler Apprentice
Johnson & Johnson, Medical Device Sales Representative
L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Program Financial Analyst
Liquid Capital Enterprises Corp., Account Manager
LogicMonitor, Market Development Representative
Mayvin, Financial Analyst
MedEnvoy, Global BV, Account/Project Manager
Memorial Hermann Health System, Scribe
Midland ISD, Theatre Arts Teacher
Morrison Law Firm, Paralegal
National Institutes of Health, Post-Baccalaureate Researcher
National Instruments Corporation, Financial Analyst
New England Conservatory of Music, Patron Experience Manager
NORC at University of Chicago, Field Researcher
Northwestern Mutual, Associate Financial Representative
PAKMULE, LLC, Community Marketing Coordinator
Performing Arts Houston, Development Associate
Prestige Staffing, IT Recruiter
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Cyber Risk and Regulatory Experienced

Quan Law Group, PLLC, Legal Assistant
RDM Capital Associates, Inc., Junior Underwriter
Refugee Services of Texas, Case Manager
Rifeline, Community Outreach Coordinator
Round Rock ISD, Middle School Head Choir Director
SailPoint Technologies Inc., DevOps Engineer
Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Engineer 1
San Antonio Museum of Art, Curatorial Assistant
ScribeX, Lead Medical Scribe
Seaver Marketing Group (The National Sports Forum), Business Development 
Senior Solutions Rx, Pharmacy Technician
SHI International Corp., Commercial Inside Account Executive - Development
Southwestern University, Admission Counselor
Sport Clips, Inc., Field Marketing Coordinator
Starr Insurance Companies, Associate Underwriter Trainee
State Preservation Board, Museum Theater Technician
Steelbow Farm, Farmer
Taejon Christian International School Young Learner Center, English Teacher
Team Dermatology, Medical Assistant
Tesla, Inc., Engineering Technician
Texas Capital Bank, Corporate Banking Analyst
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Investigator
Texas Department of State Health Services, Molecular Biologist II
The General Motors Company (GM), Software Engineer
The Walt Disney Company, Entertainment Costuming Hostess
Third Coast Logistics Sales Development Representative
University of Texas at Austin, Public Affairs Representative
UTHealth Houston, Research Coordinator
Visa Inc., Systems Engineer
Williamson County Attorney’s Office, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center, Community Educator
Wise Counsel Wealth Management, Relationship Manager

Where are They Working? 

83 %    Texas
14 %    15 other states (including California, Colorado, Washington, DC, Florida, Massachusetts,
             and New York, among others)
   3 %    Internationally (Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain)
   1 %    Remote

What Do They Earn?

Respondents working full-time who reported annual salaries earn:

Average starting salary              $48,320
Median salary                            $45,760
Low salary                                  $12,000
High salary                                 $104,000

Graduate / Professional School and Advanced Coursework

Selected Institutions and Programs of Study 

Arizona State University, PhD, Chemistry
Baylor University, MSW
Boston University, MA, Literature
Colorado State University, MPH
Florida State University, JD 
Georgetown University, MA, Educational Transformation
Hardin-Simmons University, MPAS (Physician Assistant Studies)
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, MD 
Queen’s University Belfast, MA, English (Creative Writing)
Rice University, MAcc (Professional Accounting)
Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO 
South Texas College of Law, JD
Southern Methodist University, PhD, Computational Mathematics
St. Cloud State University, MS, I/O Psychology
Temple University, MEd, Counseling Psychology
Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, PharmD/MBA 
Texas A&M University, PhD, Physics
Texas A&M University, MPH 
Texas State University, MPA (Public Administration)
Texas Woman’s University, DPT
University College London, MA, Artefact Studies
University of Alabama, MS, Athletic Training
University of Denver, MLiS
University of Houston College of Optometry, OD 
University of Illinois, PhD, Microbiology
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, MA, Counseling
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, PhD, Organic Chemistry
University of Northern Colorado, MM, Musicology
University of Texas at Arlington, MEng, Aerospace Engineering
University of Texas at Austin, PhD, School Psychology
University of Texas at Austin, MS, Health Behavior and Health Education
University of Texas at Dallas, MS, Business Analytics
University of Texas Medical Branch, MD 
University of Texas Medical Branch, DPT 
University of Texas School of Law, JD 
University of Utah, PhD, Psychology (Cognitive and Neural Science)
University of Wisconsin Madison, PhD, History (History of Science, Medicine and Technology)
Villanova University, MS, Human Resources
Wageningen University & Research, MSc, Climate Studies
Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law, JD 

What Kind of Programs are They Pursuing? 

More than 22 percent of the Class of 2022 continued their education directly after Southwestern. Of those continuing their studies, they did so in the following ways:

59 %   Graduate school (e.g. Master of Arts, PhD, etc.)
15 %   Law School
10 %   Other professional school (e.g. DDS, OD, DVM, etc.)
10 %   Advanced coursework (e.g. teacher certification, grad school pre-       
           requisites, second Bachelor’s)
  5 %   Medical School (MD, DO)

Where are They Studying? 

62 %    Texas
26 %    15 other U.S. states
  5 %     Internationally (England, Ireland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates)
  7 %     Not known


Total Internships

Respondents who reported about internships engaged in:

64 %     At least one internship
28 %     Two or more internships
1-7        Range of number of internships per respondent

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.