Graduate Employment Information

Job Placement Information for HEA/HEOA Program         

Updated 1/26/22  

Summary of First Destination Plans, Class of 2021      

(includes graduates from August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021)

Roanoke College gathers information on employment and graduate/professional school attendance via a combination of tools.   Based on information provided by students during their Senior Exit Interviews, as well as on research from LinkedIn, follow-up emails with individuals, information provided by faculty, and a direct telephone campaign, the following is a summary of First Destination data for the Class of 2021.  

Categories are based on firm commitments*** made by the graduates.

Please note:  All members of this group graduated during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  Results are likely affected by the pandemic.

First Destination Data

Total Number of graduates           413

No Information                                10   (2.4% of total number)

Base Number                                 403*  (97.6% of total number)   
          (number for whom we have data)    
          Percentages below use 403 as the 100% basis.

Employed                                         273    (67.7%)  
          206 work FT, 56 work PT, and 11 did not specify FT or PT.          

Grad School                                       79     (19.6%)

Total number employed or in grad school: 
350 (86.8%)
Other**                                                  2     (0.5%)                
No Firm Commitment                        51     (12.7%)

*Break-downs and percentages are based on the base number and do not include those on whom we have no information at all. Note that certain totals may exceed 100%, due to graduates who both work and attend graduate school. 

**Other includes such activities as returning to Roanoke College to complete additional studies (majors, minors, teacher licensure), pursuing Fulbright and other fellowship opportunities, completing internships before finding employment or while waiting to start graduate school, volunteering, and/or traveling.

***Firm commitments is defined as an opportunity which a student/graduate has already accepted and committed to, not a plan or hope of something to happen.

Initial Salary Ranges

Salary Ranges were reported by 79 of the 206 with full-time jobs, as follows, with a median salary of $45,000.

$0-14,999                               4 (5.1%)
$15,000-19,999                      3 (3.8%)
$20,000-24,999                      7 (8.9%)
$25,000-29,999                      5 (6.3%)
$30,000-34,999                    11 (13.9%)
$35,000-39,999                      7 (8.9%)
$40,000-49,999                    20 (25.3%)
$50,000-74,999                    22 (27.8%)
$75,000-99,999                      0 (0.0%)

Salary Ranges were reported by 20 of the 56 with part-time jobs, as follows, with a median salary of $22,500.

$0-14,999                               2 (10.0%)
$15,000-19,999                      4 (20.0%)
$20,000-24,999                    10 (50.0%)
$25,000-29,999                      1 (5.0%)
$30,000-34,999                      3 (15.0%)
$35,000-39,999                      0 (0.0%)
$40,000-49,999                      0 (0.0%)
$50,000-74,999                      0 (0.0%)

Not all graduates with jobs report FT/PT status and not all graduates report salary ranges. 

Sampling of Employers+:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Brighthouse Financial
Brown Edwards
Carilion Clinic (and Hospital)
Ernst & Young, LLP
H&R Block
John Hancock
McAdams Financial
Mutual of Omaha
Neely’s Accounting Services
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Roanoke City
Roanoke City Schools
Truist Financial Services
Vanguard Investments, Inc.
Wells Fargo

Sampling of Graduate/Professional Schools

Boston University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Liberty University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Syracuse University
University of Denver
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of Tennessee
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

The sample list of employers and graduate schools includes those organizations listed most frequently by graduates.  Over 235 different employers and 60 different graduate schools were reported by this group of graduates.

For additional information on employment of graduates, please contact The PLACE Office (Career Services, 540-375-2303).