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2009 SI Employment Report

The School of Information Career Development Office surveys both Master of Science in Information (MSI) students, as well as PhD recipients, to identify their post-graduation plans and outcomes. This report primarily summarizes MSI employment outcomes from April 2009, August 2009, and December 2009 graduates who com¬pleted the survey by the deadline. Specifically, this report details post-graduation pursuits, salary information, work type, industry type, work setting, geographic distribution, job search methods, and job satisfaction. Of the 162 MSI students who graduated in 2009, 129 respondents completed the survey. This represents an 80% response rate.

While this report is directed mainly at MSI employment outcomes, PhD employment outcomes are also included.

The following are key points from the report:
• Of the five PhD graduates, 100% have found employment in their research interests of choice.
• 99% of the respondents reported professional job outcomes or are continuing their education.
• 92% reported a high level of satisfaction with their employment outcomes in terms of ideal fit for their careers.
• Although the job search took a bit longer this year (4-5 months), 84% of respondents indicated job acceptance in less than 6 months.
• Overall average MSI salary increased 11% from 2008.
• Networking as a job search method, still proves to be the most effective way SI graduates are getting jobs.
• Jobs reported in Michigan are up 4% from 2008; keeping Michigan as the state employing the highest percentage of SI graduates at 39%; followed by the West coast at 23% (California, Washington, and Oregon mainly)
• 81% of respondents placed high value on the impact their PEP internship hand on their job success.
• 80% of respondents reported that their overall SI education and SI experience(s) adequately prepared them to be a change agent/leader in their career field of choice.

You can access the full report online at http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/2009-employment-report.pdf.
The MSI 2009 Internship Report is also available at http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/docs/2009-internship-report.pdf.

If you have any questions or would like more information (or would like a hardcopy of either reports) please contact the SI Career Development Office.


Joanna Kroll
Sr. Associate Director of Career Development
University of Michigan School of Information
ph 734-615-8294 fax 734-615-3587

Posted by kkowatch at November 12, 2010 10:14 AM


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