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Career Outcomes

ILR students develop diverse transferable skills and engage in a wide variety of experiences that lead to a variety of careers in corporate HR, labor relations, labor, government, law, non-profit, consulting, and financial services.

Recent bachelor’s degree graduates are surveyed annually. The results are below.

  • 72%

    Employed after graduation

  • $65K

    Average starting salary

  • 15%

    Pursuing Law or Graduate School

Shruthi Krishnan '22

Associate, Boston Consulting Group

"Advisors in ILR’s Office of Career Services were with me through every step of the search process. During my first two years, they taught me how to explore different jobs, use LinkedIn and prepare for career fairs. As a junior and senior, their resume critiques and practice interviews helped me get an internship at the State Department and my fulltime job in consulting.”

Shruthi Krishnan



Graduates found employment through ILR and the Cornell network

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Salaries and Career Fields


Through job fairs, alumni networking events, workshops and other career services, ILR’s Class of 2021 continued our tradition of sending graduates to top employers and prominent graduate schools.

Key Insights

  1. Nearly 72% of recent ILR graduates accepted positions at for-profits, non-profits, and government agencies.
  2. Their average starting salary was $67,000 with an average sign-on bonus of $7,400.
  3. Graduates entered over 16 different career fields.
2021 BSILR Graduates by Industry
Percentage Industry Mean Salary Salary Range
28% Financial Services $74,200 $50,000-$90,000
20% Consulting/Professional Practice $74,863  $45,000-$103,000
11%  Law $52,078  $42,000-$68,000
7% Technology $64,258 $50,000-$103,000
7% Government $46,756 $31,200-$61,104
4% Manufacturing $63,467 $57,000-$75,000
3% Labor $53,015 $38,740-$66,320
3% Nonprofit * *
2% Communications/Media * *
3% Retail * *
2% Sports/Entertainment * *
2% Education * *
2% Hospital/Healthcare * *
2% Other (agriculture, construction, and utilities) * *
2% Biotech/Pharma/Life Sciences * *
1% Insurance * *
1% Real Estate * *
2021 BSILR Graduates by Career Field
Percentage Career Field Mean Salary
24% Financial Analysis/Services $74,200
16% Human Resources/Labor Relations $66,101
15% Paralegal/Legal Assistant $51,221
9% HR Consulting $76,357 
9% Management Consulting $80,423
5% Marketing/PR $56,350
4% Business $61,500
4% Public Service $49,925
3% Labor Organizing/Research  $53,015 
2% Business Development/Sales *
2% Nonprofit Management *
1% Education *
1% Entrpreneurial Venture *
1% Other (professional athlete; medical scribe) *
1% Real Estate *
1% Research *



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360 Hoops
Alexander Hamilton Society
AlphaSights Ltd.
AmeriCorps VISTA
Anaplan, Inc.
Avodah Jewish Service Corps/Tzedek DC
Baldwin Risk Partners
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Berenberg Capital Markets
Boston Scientific
Capital One
Cardigan Mountain School
Cayuga County Democratic Party
Cayuga Medical Center
Clayman & Rosenberg LLP
ClearBridge Compensation Group
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Connecticut Government
Constellation Brands
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Cummins, Inc.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
DC Public Defender Service
Dechert LLP
Deloitte Consulting
Democratic Party of New Mexico
Epic Systems
EY (Ernst & Young)
Fenwick and West LLP
Fidelity Investments
Financial Technology Partners
Fulcrum Worldwide
FW Cook
Gator Investments
Genesis Global Trading
Gilman School
Goldman Sachs
Gunderson Dettmer
Interactive Brokers Group
International Friends of Festival Verdi
Johnson & Johnson
Jones Lang LaSalle
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JRM Construction Management
L3Harris Technologies
Law Offices of Adam Dayan
Liberty City Ventures
Lincoln International
Lippe Taylor
Lockheed Martin
L'Oreal USA
Manhattan District Attorney's Office
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Millennium Management
Miller Shah LLP
Monadnock Development
Morgan Stanley
National Grid
New York Professional Nurses Union
NYC Health + Hospitals
Octagon Credit Investors
Oltarsh & Associates, P.C.
Oracle Corporation
Outten & Golden LLP
Pay Governance LLC
Piper Sandler & Co.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Rios Partners
Roc Nation
Sard Verbinnen & Co.
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania
Services for the Underserved
Sparx Asset Management
Spears & Imes LLP
State Street Corporation
Sterling National Bank
Sunrise Surf Academy
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tapestry Inc.
United States Department of Defense
United States Department of Justice
United States Government Accountability Office
United States Marine Corps
Warehouse Workers for Justice
Wells Fargo
Willis Towers Watson
Witt O'Brien's
ZS Associates

Law and Graduate Schools

Law Schools

  • Berkeley Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • NYU School of Law
  • Seton Hall Law
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • UCLA Law
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • University of Washington School of Law

Graduate Schools

  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (MPS, Management)
  • Cornell University Ann S. Bowers, College of Computing and Information Science (CIS) (MPS, Information Science)
  • Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (MPS, Sports Industry Management)
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M., Education)
  • IE School of Global and Public Affairs (MS, International Development)
  • John Carroll University, Boler College of Business (MBA, Business and Public Administration)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc, Economics)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc, International Migration and Public Policy)
  • Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University (MA, International Relations)
  • Rice University (MA)
  • Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison (MPA, Public Affairs)
  • Teachers College at Columbia University (MA, Education)
  • University of Pennsylvania

100+ Unique Job Titles

Advisory Associate
Affiliate Marketing Coordinator
Aladdin Client Services
Area Manager
Associate Consultant (Executive Compensation)
Associate HR Business Partner
Associate Labor Relations Specialist
Associate Placement Specialist
Associate Product Marketing Manager
Audit, Risk, and Compliance Rotational program analyst
Boarding School Admissions
Business Analyst
Business Consulting Staff
Business Valuation Associate
Capital Markets Analyst
Careers Consulting Analyst
Client Associate
Co-Founder & CEO
Communication and Change Management Analyst
Communications Associate
Compensation Analyst
Consulting Analyst
Consulting Business Analyst
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Assistant
Corporate Clerk
Credit Investment Analyst
DC Public Defender Service Intern
Digital Marketing & Strategy
Employee Benefits Specialist
Employee Relations Specialist
Entry-Level Paralegal
Equity Research Analyst
Equity Research Associate
Executive Compensation Consultant
Finance and Operations Trainee
Finance Associate
Financial Analyst
Financial Services People and Organization Consulting Associate
Fixed Income Analyst
Food value chain analyst
Full Time Analyst
Global Risk Officer/Analyst
HR Analyst
HR Consultant
HR Generalist
Human Resource Service Delivery Analyst
Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Development Program
Human Resources Leadership Development Program
Human Resources Management Trainee
Human Resources Rotational Program Associate
Institutional Client Analyst
Investment Analyst
Investment Banking Analyst
Junior Account Executive
Junior Associate
Labor and Employee Relations Representative
Labor and Environmental Justice Community Organizer
Litigation Legal Assistant
Litigation Paralegal
Management Consultant
Management consulting associate
Manager of Special Projects
Marketing Specialist
Medical Scribe
Organizing Apprentice
Personnel Representative
Private Bank Analyst
Product Manager
Professional hockey player 
Quality Manager
Recruiting Coordinator
Research Analyst
Research Associate
Risk Analyst
Rotational Program Participant
Sales Development Representative
Special projects coordinator
Staff Consultant
Staff Member and Intake Specialist
Staff Representative
Strategic Organizer
Strategy Analyst
Strategy Insights and Planning Associate
Talent Acquisition Coordinator
Talent Insight Analyst
Technical Recruiter
Temporary Assistant Clerk
Trading Analyst
Trading Associate
VISTA Fellow
Wealth Advisory Analyst
Wealth Management Analyst


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