May 13, 2014 , BY Matt Hughes

As Bucknell University's Class of 2014 prepares to exit the Christy Mathewson Gates and enter the job market, their predecessors report that bright prospects await. Within nine months of graduation, more than three quarters of the class was employed, and only 3 percent were actively seeking employment.

This optimistic outlook comes from the Class of 2013 Postgraduate Report of Activity, which compiles employment data reported by 99 percent of the class. Seventy-one percent said they were employed, 16 percent said they were in graduate school, and 5 percent said they were both employed and in graduate school. With an additional 5 percent volunteering, traveling, or engaging other pursuits, only 3 percent of the class — or fewer than 30 of the more than 900 graduates — were seeking but unable to find jobs.

"Bucknellians continue to connect with employers in a job market that is highly competitive," said Pamela Keiser, executive director of Career Services. "We consistently receive feedback from a diverse group of employers that our graduates are well prepared and present themselves in a poised and professional manner in interview situations. Ultimately this allows Bucknellians to stand out and position themselves well when organizations make hiring decisions."

While the percentage of graduates reporting they were employed and not attending graduate school fell from 76 percent for the Class of 2012, Keiser said Bucknell's outcomes are strong, and noted that the percentage of students reporting they were both employed and taking graduate courses increased, from 2 percent for 2012 to 5 percent in 2013.

"This is significant and tells us that students are willing to juggle a work commitment with the pursuit of an advanced degree on a part-time basis," Keiser said.

The Class of 2013 also fared well in terms of income. From annual salaries reported by 49 percent of recent alumni, a mean starting salary of $48,506 was calculated, more than $3,000 higher than the average salary for all 2013 graduates reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Bucknell also ranks fourth among liberal arts colleges for mid-career salary in the Payscale 2014 ROI Report.

The mean starting salary for College of Engineering graduates was $60,978; for School of Management graduates, $52,590; for College of Arts & Sciences graduates, $41,994; and for Dual Engineering/Arts & Sciences, $62,100.

Top 2013 Employers include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Teach For America, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte Consulting, Geisinger Health System, Goldman Sachs, Ralph Lauren, T. Rowe Price and the Peace Corps.

"Bucknellians pursue a variety of career paths immediately upon graduation," Keiser said. "The two employers who hired the most 2013 graduates were PricewaterhouseCoopers and Teach For America, both leaders in their industries with very distinct missions."

Other companies and organizations hiring Bucknellians included Americorps, Condé Naste, Ernst & Young, Google, JPMorgan Chase, NBC Universal and the New York Stock Exchange.

To view the complete report, click here.

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