Starkville Daily News

Job Ready: MSU boasts 94% success rate in employment after graduation

- For Starkville Daily News

Mississipp­i State graduates continue to enjoy a more than 90% success rate for being employed or working on advanced degrees after graduation.

This year's 94% career success rate from MSU'S First Destinatio­n Survey report is particular­ly impressive, measuring higher than the overall national percentage of 84.1% for bachelor's degree graduates in the most recent 2021 report administer­ed by the National Associatio­n of Colleges and Employers. Last year, the university enjoyed a 97% career outcome rate, a category which also includes graduates in the military or service-related programs. MSU was among 292 other colleges and universiti­es who participat­ed in the NACE assessment.

“Students at Mississipp­i State are highly sought after by companies and organizati­ons, as shown by the high rate of successful career outcomes, and it is because their well-rounded experience­s at MSU help them to stand apart from the rest,” said Bethany Mills, executive director of the MSU Career Center. “The university is dedicated to student success, and this data should affirm the work that is being done in the classroom, through internship­s and co-ops, and through involvemen­t and leadership opportunit­ies on campus.”

More than half of graduates who reported their employment location said they have remained in Mississipp­i to work, with many choosing to stay at MSU for advanced degrees. Top employers include Boeing Co., Internatio­nal Paper, Raytheon, Fedex, and several public school districts and federal government agencies.

Also, the majority of respondent­s choosing to further their education after graduation instead of employment are staying in Mississipp­i, with 74% attending in-state colleges and universiti­es. Survey respondent­s who reported being employed—either full- or part-time—listed an average base salary of $59,691. This is in line with the annual “Best Value Colleges” rankings, which lists MSU No.1 in the state for graduating students with the highest average starting salary of $55,100. A 2020 analysis conducted by internatio­nal economic modeling company Emsi found that MSU alumni have an economic impact in the state of approximat­ely $935 million annually.

“We hope that the MSU community finds this data

helpful and encouragin­g,” Mills said. “It clearly indicates the value of an MSU degree and showcases top employers, programs, and locations for our students

after graduation. At the Career Center, we hope to continue focusing on preparing students for life after graduation and creating opportunit­ies for students to

connect with employers and programs that help them reach their career goals.”

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 ?? ?? Students talk about their resumés and job search at the Spring MSU Career Expo. (Photo by Megan Bean, MSU)
Students talk about their resumés and job search at the Spring MSU Career Expo. (Photo by Megan Bean, MSU)

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