What happened to the Class of 2021?

Students happy to be graduating with engineering degrees.

What happened to the Class of 2021?

If they’re Case engineers, they’re probably doing pretty well.

The latest First Destination Survey, the university’s look at what became of the Class of 2021, indicates the engineering profession has become even more lucrative for Case alumni.

 

Graduates of the Case School of Engineering who entered the working world enjoyed the highest starting salaries of CWRU graduates—a median $70,000-$74,999. What’s more, they are over-represented in an elite wage category. The surveys found that 11 percent of CWRU graduates received starting salaries exceeding $100,000—and most of those high-wage earners are engineers.

 

Overall, about 20 percent of CSE graduates were beckoned to a job with a starting salary of $100,000 or more, reports Krittika Grau, senior associate director of career education for CWRU.

 

That fits industry data that shows salaries have jumped for engineers with in-demand skills, like computer science and software engineering.

 

Each year, the Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education collects data on the “first destination” of recent graduates. It uses surveys sent to the young alumni, polls on social media, and conversations with faculty and staff to map the decisions and career paths of the most recent graduates.

 

The latest survey offers insight into a group that knew uncommon challenges. The Class of 2021 experienced the full force of the coronavirus pandemic. At least a full year of its undergraduate experience was shaped by health and safety protocols in addition to more limited access to co-ops and internships. Meanwhile, class members faced a far different economy than we know today.

 

“While the job market is hot right now, when we look back at August 2020, there were massive amounts of layoffs, companies freezing recruiting activities, internships being rescinded,” Grau noted.

 

She said that could account for the unusually high number of class members who went on to graduate school–some 44 percent, the largest share in a decade.

 

For CWRU graduates overall, the median starting salary range was $60,000 to $64,999, a $5,000 decrease from the year before.

 

There was no such decrease for Case engineers. Starting medians held steady and included more $100K+ salaries.

 

Some 42 percent of Case graduates went on to graduate school while half accepted job offers, with 80 percent going to work in either engineering (69%), information technology (8%) or manufacturing (2%).

 

Top employers for Case graduates included Epic, Deloitte, Microsoft, Amazon, Parker Hannifin, Rockwell Automation, Saint-Gobain, P&G, Progressive and Stryker.

 

 

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In 2019, these student honed their engineering skills on the Case Steel Bridge Team that went to the national championship.

Members of the Case Rocket Team, 2020.

“While the job market is hot right now, when we look back at August 2020, there were massive amounts of layoffs, companies freezing recruiting activities, internships being rescinded.”

— Krittika Grau