Career Outcomes

Each year we survey graduating seniors and produce a comprehensive report that highlights what our students are doing upon graduation. The data includes positions, geographical locations, employers, salaries and much more.

December 2019, May & August 2020 graduates:

2018 Undergraduate Career Outcomes

Our graduates tackle the world’s most challenging problems.

Leveraging their life-changing undergraduate experiences, our graduates have explored the boundaries of purpose-driven science alongside the leading minds of today — becoming the leading minds of tomorrow. Cornell CALS graduates embark on inspiring careers as industry leaders, innovators, scholars, public servants and engaged citizens.

Post-graduate outcomes

78% response rate.

Post-graduate outcome Percent
Entered Workforce 61%
Graduate & Professional School 23%
Seeking Employment 9%
Other Endeavors 7%

Starting salary range

Category Salary
High $150,000
Median $60,000
Average $60,186

37% reported two or more job offers.

Cornell CALS graduates work and study around the world

United States

Region Number of graduates
New York 337
West 52
Mid Atlantic 51
New England 51
Midwest 50
Southwest & Rocky Mnt. 27
Southeast 20

World

 

Location Number of graduates
Europe: Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, UK 10
Africa: Tanzania, South Africa, Liberia 4
Asia: Japan, Singapore, Taiwan 3
Canda 3
Australia 2
Panama 2
St. Kitts 2
Chile 1
New Zealand 1

Industries where our graduates work

Employment sectors Percent Average salary
Agriculture 6% $46,371
Architecture/Design  1% $49,533
Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals  3% $50,856
Communications/Media  6% $48,591
Consulting/Professional Practice  17% $67,046
Education  8% $38,831
Financial Services  23% $80,615
Government  4% $36,740
Hospitality  1% $48,333
Human Healthcare Services  6% $40,614
Law  1% $44,752
Manufacturing  5% $58,048
Other Nonprofit Organizations  5% $28,953
Other  2% $45,847
Real Estate  1% $82,500
Retail  2% $66,620
Technology 7% $63,933

Where our graduates go

  • Amazon
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Constellation Brands
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • E. & J. Gallo
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • EY
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Jet.com
  • Longwood Gardens
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Microsoft
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Oracle
  • PepsiCo
  • USDA
  • Viacom
  • Weill Cornell
  • Yelp
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University 
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A & M University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wageningen University
  • Washington University – St. Louis
  • Weill Cornell
  • Yale University

Degree types

Degree type Percent
Master's 54.4%
Ph.D. 14.2%
D.V.M. 10.0%
M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. 9.5%
J.D. 6.0%
Other 5.9%

Most frequently selected graduate fields of study

Graduate field Percent
Biological Sciences 14.80%
Agriculture & Natural Resources  11.20%
Engineering  10.70%
Veterinary Medicine  10.00%
Business and Management   8.90%
Computer & Information Sciences  8.90%
Medicine 8.90%
Law  6.00%
Other Human Health Fields  5.30%
Physical Sciences  4.70%
Architecture & Environmental Design 2.40%
Dentistry  1.80%
Education 1.80%
Communication 1.20%

Note: This data offer a snapshot of Cornell CALS students outcomes from the undergraduate class of 2018. Figures include the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

Postgraduate dashboard

These survey results are compiled into a database dashboard and are currently available to anyone with a Cornell NetID. Those who are not able to access the dashboard or PDF reports below for any reason should email their request to calscareer [at] cornell.edu.

Summer experience survey

Tell us what you did this past summer by filling out the student experience survey — job, internship, travel, took a class, research...whatever. Your information will help others in their search for practical experiences, and inform CALS about the kinds of summer opportunities our students pursue.

View Summer Survey Results: See what other Cornell students have done during their summers for future ideas.