Career Outcomes

Alma College alumni are proof that Plaid Works — 90% of our 2014 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 2014 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

70% response rate
90% overall career outcomes rate
67% reported employment
23% reported enrollment in graduate school or other educational programs

Career Outcomes for Most Common Majors

The most commonly-declared majors of the 2014 survey respondents were business administration, integrative physiology and health science (previously called exercise and health science), biology, education, psychology, English, and mathematics. Combined, the overall career outcomes rate for our most common majors is 90% within six months of graduation.

Here is a sampling of where our 2014 graduates are currently working and continuing their education:


McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital: Patient Care Technician
St. Anne’s Home: Certified Nurse’s Aid
Michigan College of Optometry: Doctor of Optometry
University of Glasgow: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Kent State University: Master of Science in Biological Sciences-Ecology

Business Administration

Leo Burnett: Junior Project Manager
Aon Hewitt: Health and Welfare Delivery Specialist
Edward Jones: Financial Advisor
Plante Moran: Assurance Staff
Dow Corning Corporation: Associate Auditor
Federal-Mogul Corporation: Human Resources Representative
Quicken Loans: Purchase Mortgage Banker
Lippert Components: Management Trainee
Auto-Owners Insurance: Claims Representative


Harrison School District 2, Colorado Spring, CO: 1st Grade Teacher
Georgetown Middle School, Georgetown, SC: 7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher
Ithaca South Elementary, Ithaca, MI: Pre-School Teacher
Carlson Elementary, Warren, MI: Intervention Specialist
Gaylord Community Schools, Gaylord, MI: Kindergarten Teacher
Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, FL: Middle School Teacher/Athletic Director
Sacred Heart Academy, Grand Rapids, MI: 3rd Grade Teacher


American Income Life: Benefits Representative
Attwood Marine Products: Marketing Co-op
Trigo Hospitality: Assistant Manager
Academy of Russian Classical Ballet: Dance Instructor
University of Illinois-Chicago: Master of Arts in English/Writer’s Program
Vermont College of Fine Arts: Master of Fine Arts in Poetry
Michigan State University: Master of Arts in English

Integrative Physiology and Health Science

McLaren Hospital: Patient Care Technician
Allegiance Health: Certified Nurse’s Aid
Team Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy Technician
Waterford Oaks Senior Care: Nursing Assistant
Central Michigan University: Doctor of Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery
Central Michigan University: Doctor of Physical Therapy
San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health: Master of Public Health, Epidemiology
University of Michigan, School of Public Health: Master of Public Health


Towers Watson: Actuary Service Center Analyst
Auto-Owners Insurance Company: Associate Quality Analyst
Auto-Owners Insurance Company: Associate Software Developer


State of Michigan: Employment Counselor
Lippert Components: Production Manager
Three Rivers Corporation: Project Scheduler
Volkswagen: Regional Case Manager
Central Michigan University: Master of Arts in Counseling
Michigan Nonprofit Association: AmeriCorps*VISTA