Graduate Employment Information

Job Placement Information for HEA/HEOA Program         

Updated 2/6/21  

Summary of First Destination Plans, Class of 2020      

(includes graduates from August 2019, December 2019 and May 2020)

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 that ended in early September 2020, the following is a summary of First Destination data for the Class of 2020.  

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

Please note:  Most of this group graduated in May 2020.  Results are clearly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Destination Data

Total Number of graduates           428

No Information                                91   (21.3% of total number)

Base Number                                 337*  (78.7% of total number)   
          (number for whom we have data)    
          Percentages below use 337 as the 100% basis.

Employed (only)                             177    (52.5%)  
          120 work FT, 19 work PT, and 38 did not specify FT or PT.          

Grad School (only)                          57     (16.9%)

Employed and in grad school           6      (1.8%)  
          3 work FT, 2 work PT, and 1 did not specify FT or PT.

Total number employed or in grad school:  240 (71.2%)

Other**                                              18     (5.3%)                
No Firm Commitment                        79     (23.4%)

*Break-downs and percentages are based on the base number and do not include those on whom we have no information at all.  

**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, and 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 92 of the 123 with full-time jobs, as follows, with a median salary of $37,500.

$0-14,999                               6 (6.5%)
$15,000-19,999                      5 (5.4%)
$20,000-24,999                      2 (2.2%)
$25,000-29,999                      9 (9.8%)
$30,000-34,999                    16 (17.4%)
$35,000-39,999                    15 (16.3%)
$40,000-49,999                    17 (18.5%)
$50,000-74,999                    19 (20.7%)
$75,000-99,999                      3 (3.3%

Salary Ranges were reported by 13 of the 21 with part-time jobs, as follows, with a median salary of less than $15,000.

$0-14,999                               9 (69.2%)
$15,000-19,999                      2 (15.4%)
$20,000-24,999                      0 (0.0%)
$25,000-29,999                      0 (0.0%)
$30,000-34,999                      0 (0.0%)
$35,000-39,999                      1 (7.7%)
$40,000-49,999                      1 (7.7%)
$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+:

Blue Eagle Credit Union
Carilion Clinic
Ernst & Young, LLP
Morgan Stanley
Mutual of Omaha
Northwest Mutual
Peace Corps 
Rehabilitative Services and Vocational Placement, Inc.
Roanoke City Schools
Roanoke College
U.S. Marine Corps
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Sampling of Graduate/Professional Schools

Austin Peay State University
Columbia University
George Mason University
George Washington University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Liberty University
Radford University
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech

+ The sample list of employers and graduate schools includes those organizations listed most frequently by graduates.  Over 160 different employers and over 50 different graduate schools were reported by this group of graduates.

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