Career Outcomes

Alma College alumni are proof that Plaid Works — 90% of our 2015 graduates reported working full time or enrolling in grad school within six months of graduation.

Beginning six months after each year’s graduation date, the Alma College Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) surveys graduates to determine their career outcomes — whether they are working and/or attending graduate school. Of the total number of 2015 graduates who responded to the survey, 90% are either employed or enrolled in graduate school or other educational programs within six months of graduation.

Survey Highlights

73% response rate
90% overall career outcomes rate
70% reported employment
20% reported enrollment in graduate school or other educational programs

Career Outcomes for Most Common Majors

The most commonly-declared majors of the 2015 survey respondents were Biology, Business Administration, Communication, English, History, Integrative Physiology and Health Science (IPHS), and Psychology.  Combined, the overall career outcomes rate for our most common majors is 93% within six months of graduation.


Here is a sampling of where our 2015 graduates are currently working and continuing their education:


Merit Laboratories: Analyst
PPG Industrial Compounds: QC Lab Technician
United States Marine Corps: 01 Second Lieutenant
Central Michigan University: Conservation Biology
Central Michigan University: Cultural Resource Management
Ferris State: Optometry
Michigan State: Veterinary Medicine
Univ of Southern Mississippi: Biological Oceanography
Wayne State University: Medicine

Business Administration

Apex Marine: Logistics Coordinator
Auto Owners: Software Developer
Benore Logistics: Financial Analyst
Chemical Bank: Credit Analyst
Crest Pontoons: Dir. Of Inside Sales & Customer Service
Deloitte: Auditor
Make-A-Wish Michigan: Program Service Coordinator
Mercantile Bank: Commercial Loan Specialist
MI Baseball Foundation: Program Mgr. Momentum Midland
Plante Moran: Tax Staff
Quicken Loans: Mortgage Loan Originator
Spectrum Health:  MedNow Manager
Toyota, Calty Design Inst.: Admin Projects/Purchasing
Univ of MI Health Systems: Financial Coordinator


Barnes & Noble College: Full-Time Supervisor
Bristol Blues Collegiate Baseball: Director of Marketing and Communication
KDP: Employee Benefit Consultant
MI House of Representatives: Legislative Assistant
PF Markey: Customer Service Rep/Inside Sales
Saginaw Control and Engineering: Well Department
The Coca-Cola Company: Account Manager
Valassis Communication Inc.: Client Program Coordinator
Grand Valley: Masters of Public Administration


Accident Fund: Document Specialist
Altair12: Executive Team Trainer
AmeriCorps VISTA: Education and Literacy Facilitator
AmeriCorps VISTA: Resource Development Coordinator
Mercy High School: Teacher
Quicken Loans: Associate Banker
Central Michigan University: English
Vermont College of Fine Arts: Creative Writing, Poetry


AmeriCorps VISTA: Workforce Development VISTA
AmeriCorps, AdviseMI: College Advisor
Detroit Public Safety Academy: Math Teacher
Enterprise: Management Trainee
Metropolitan Eye Center: Medical Records Manager
University of Toledo College of Law: Law
University of Michigan Law School: Doctor of Law
Villanova University: Public History

Integrative Physiology and Health Science

Borgess Hospital: Cardiac Device Technician
Butzin, Matoshko, & Assoc Chiropractic Clinic: Chiropractic Assistant
Cherry Health: Community HealthCorps Member
Detroit Clinical Research Center: Clinical Research Coordinator
Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers: Exercise Physiologist
State of Michigan, DHS: Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Evaluator
Central Michigan University: Dietetics
Central Michigan University: Medical School
Marywood University: Physician Assistant
Michigan State University: Human Medicine
Michigan State University: Professional Strength & Conditioning Intern
San Diego State University: Physical Therapy
University of Tennessee: Occupational Therapy


AmeriCorps: Literacy Coach
Havenwyck Hospital: Psychiatric Care Specialist
Hope Network: Independent Living Instructor
Life Care Services: Associate Administrator
Lutheran Adoption Services: Adoption Specialist
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls: Youth Care Worker
Team Rehabilitation Services: Physical Therapy Technician
Illinois State University: Music Therapy Masters
University of Chicago: Masters of Social Work Program
University of Michigan: School of Social Work