Cornell University

July 8 2013

Gaining employment

ILR's class of 2013 reports success in the job market

Postgraduate Survey ReportsILR's class of 2013 is faring well in the job market.

Fifty-seven percent of those who received bachelor degrees from ILR this year have supplied information on post-graduation activity, and 75 percent of them report being employed.

The ILR Office of Career Services provided additional statistics from students reporting to date. They include:

  • 11 percent have been accepted and plan to attend law school in the fall
  • 3 percent have been accepted and plan to attend other graduate programs in the fall
  • 5 percent are seeking employment
  • 3 percent are seeking acceptances to law or graduate schools
  • 2 percent have other plans such as time off or travel

Ninety-four percent of 2013 graduates of the master of industrial and labor relations program -- known as "MILR" – have accepted job offers or are pursuing additional graduate study, according to survey results collected to date.

"Employers consistently tell us that ILR students stand out because of their broad, practical education and global perspective. These survey results once again show us that our students are in high demand, even in a tough economy, and well-prepared to pursue a variety of career and post-graduate opportunities," says Regina Duffey Moravek, director of ILR career services and MILR program.

Complete 2013 post-graduation data is reported nine months following graduation. Final 2012 post-graduation data for ILR students receiving bachelor's degrees includes:

  • an increase in the number of students going into employment. Seventy-five percent were employed, up from 73 percent in 2011, 65 percent in 2010 and 59 percent in 2009.
  • the second highest Cornell undergraduate figure for employment. The School of Hotel Administration led the university with an 89 percent employment rate.
  • 12 percent, in line with a seven-year decline, went to law school.
  • a mean salary of $52,365, the second highest at Cornell by school or college for the eighth year. The College of Engineering reported the highest mean salary.
  • employment in a span of fields, led by human resources/labor relations, financial services, human resources consulting, business and management consulting, education, legal assistant/paralegal, government/public service/nonprofit, labor, marketing/public relations and entrepreneurial ventures.

Information supplied by 2012 MILR graduates includes:

  • 91 percent were employed
  • seven percent pursued doctoral or law degrees
  • a mean salary of $80,413; $84,665 for those pursuing corporate positions
  • a mean salary of $109,000 for a MILR/MBA degree graduate
  • 29 percent of international students are employed in the United States through H1B sponsorship; 35 percent are employed in their home countries and six percent are employed outside of the United States and their home countries.
  • 18 percent of international students went on to law school or doctoral programs.

Complete postgraduate survey results can be seen at http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/careerservices/postgrad/.