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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. Data collected includes positions, geographical locations, employers, salaries and much more. 

December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021 graduates should complete the Cornell Career Services 2021 Postgraduate Survey.

2020 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

The 2020 post-graduate report survey yielded a 76% response rate.

60%

entered the workforce

20%

were offered two or more job offers

26%

went on to graduate or professional school

* 10% are seeking employment, 4% are exploring other endeavors.

Starting salary ranges

20% reported two or more job offers.

$139,000

High starting salary range

$67,000

Median salary range

$63,198

Average salary range

Cornell CALS graduates work and study around the world

United States

Region Number of graduates
New York 323
West 42
Mid Atlantic 59
New England 35
Midwest 25
Southwest & Rocky Mnt. 11
Southeast 19

Around the World 

Location Number of graduates
Australia 1
Asia: China, Japan, Hong Kong 3
Canada 2
St. Kitts 2
United Kingdom 4

Where our graduates go

  • Adobe Systems
  • Aldi, Inc.
  • Amazon
  • Comcast/NBC Universal 
  • Cargill
  • Danone
  • E. & J. Gallo
  • EY
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Howard Hugs Medical Institute
  • IBM
  • ICF International
  • Instacart
  • JP Morgan & Chase Co.
  • Kraft Heinz
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Microsoft
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Oracle
  • PepsiCo
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Syngenta
  • Unilever
  • United Nations
  • USDA
  • Vogue Magazine
  • Wayfair
  • Weill Cornell
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Arizona
  • University College London
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University – St. Louis
  • Yale University

Industries where our graduates work

Employment sectors Percent Average salary
Agriculture 4% $55,089
Architecture/Design  2% $60,500
Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals  4% $50,644
Communications/Media  5% $59,225
Consulting/Professional Practice  9% $71,736
Education  7% $41,030
Financial Services  25% $79,430
Government  3% $37,523
Hospitality  1% $66,180
Human Healthcare Services  12% $40,726
Insurance 2% $62,083
Law  2% $44,767
Manufacturing  5% $64,786
Other Nonprofit Organizations  4% $40,181
Real Estate 1% n/a
Retail 4% $78,604
Technology 9% $76,948
Not reported 1% $70,000

Degree types & graduate fields of study

Degree types

Degree type Percent
Master's 56.9%
Ph.D. 17.2%
D.V.M. 10.1%
M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. 7.7%
J.D. 3.3%
Other 4.8%

Most frequently selected graduate fields of study

Graduate field Percent
Agriculture & Natural Resources 5.7%
Applied & Fine Arts 0.5%
Architecture & Environmental Design 2.4%
Biological Sciences 13.4%
Business & Management  10.0%
Chemistry 0.5%
Communication 1%
Computer & Information Sciences  9.6%
Dentistry 0.5%
Education 1.4%
Engineering 6.2%
Law 3.3%
Mathematics 2.4%
Medicine 9.1%
Nutritional Sciences 2.9%
Other Human Health Fields 7.6%
Physical Sciences 1.9%
Psychology 1%
Public Affairs & Services 1.4%
Social Sciences 1.4%
Veterinary Medicine  10.1%
Other 7.7%

Note: This data offer a snapshot of Cornell CALS students outcomes from the undergraduate class of 2020. Figures include the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.