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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.

2019 Undergraduate Career Outcomes

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

79% response rate.

Post-graduate outcome Percent
Entered Workforce 66%
Graduate & Professional School 21%
Seeking Employment 6%
Other Endeavors 7%

Starting Salary Ranges

23% reported two or more job offers.

$120,000

High starting salary range

$63,000

Median salary range

$62,030

Average salary range

Cornell CALS graduates work and study around the world

United States

Region Number of graduates
New York 360
West 74
Mid Atlantic 69
New England 57
Midwest 38
Southwest & Rocky Mnt. 18
Southeast 23

Around the World 

Location Number of graduates
Europe: Czech Republic, Norway, Scotland, U.K. 5
Africa: Senegal 1
Asia: China, South Korea 7
Canada 2
Chili 1
New Zealand 1
Turkey 1

Where our graduates go

  • Beyond Meat
  • Bolthouse Farms
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • E. & J. Gallo
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • EY
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Jet.com
  • JP Morgan & Chase Co.
  • Kraft Heinz
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Microsoft
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Oracle
  • PepsiCo
  • Pixar
  • USDA
  • Wayfair
  • Weill Cornell
  • Yelp
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison 
  • Washington University – St. Louis
  • Weill Cornell
  • Yale University

Industries where our graduates work

 

Employment sectors Percent Average salary
Agriculture 7% $49,697
Architecture/Design  2% $59,457
Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals  4% $47,846
Communications/Media  4% $53,880
Consulting/Professional Practice  14% $67,904
Education  8% $37,649
Financial Services  21% $81,459
Government  5% $38,711
Hospitality  1% $66,667
Human Healthcare Services  6% $49,661
Insurance 1% $67,500
Law  1% $50,500
Manufacturing  6% $62,455
Other Nonprofit Organizations  5% $39,661
Real Estate 1% $65,000
Retail 3% $67,600
Technology 11% $70,084

Degree types & graduate fields of study

Degree types

Degree type Percent
Master's 55.8%
Ph.D. 17.6%
D.V.M. 12.1%
M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. 5.5%
J.D. and J.D./MBA 3.6%
Other 5.4%

Most frequently selected graduate fields of study

Graduate field Percent
Agriculture & Natural Resources 7.8%
Architecture & Environmental Design 1.0%
Biological Sciences 14.6%
Business & Management  8.6%
Communication 1.2%
Computer & Information Sciences  11.6%
Dentistry 1.2%
Education 3%
Engineering 11.4%
Law 3.1%
Medicine 6.8%
Other Human Health Fields 7.9%
Physical Sciences 4.2%
Public Affairs & Services 2.4%
Social Sciences 2.4%
Veterinary Medicine  12.8%

Note: This data offer a snapshot of Cornell CALS students outcomes from the undergraduate class of 2019. Figures include the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.