Career Outcomes

Alma College alumni are proof that Plaid Works — 92% of our 2016 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 2016 graduates who responded to the survey, 92% are either employed or enrolled in graduate school or other educational programs within six months of graduation.

Survey Highlights

74% response rate
92% overall career outcomes rate
66% reported employment
26% reported enrollment in graduate school or other educational programs

Career Outcomes for Most Common Majors

The most commonly-declared majors of the 2016 survey respondents were Art, Biology, Business Administration, English, Education, History, Integrative Physiology and Health Science (IPHS), Math, and Psychology.  Combined, the overall career outcomes rate for our most common majors is 91% within six months of graduation.

Career outcomes chart.

Here is a sampling of where our 2016 graduates are currently working and continuing their education:


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum: Museum Intern
National Park Service: Student Conservation
Association Interpretation and Education Intern
Harbor House Publishers: Web Content Manager
Kent State University: Master of Fine Arts
University of Dundee, Scotland: Animation and VFX


Forensics Fluids Lab: Laboratory Technologist
Merit Laboratories: Project Manager
University of Southern California: Pharmacy
Missouri State University: Biology
Savannah State University: Marine Biology
Tufts Cummings Veterinary School: Infectious Diseases and Global Health
University of Pittsburg: Interdisciplinary Biomedical Program

Business Administration

Coca-Cola: Account Manager
Cottingham and Butler: Account Service Representative
Farmers Insurance: Auto Claims Adjuster
Prudential: Financial Professional Associate
Quicken Loans: Income Specialist
Ball State University: Center for Information and Communication Sciences
Hiram College: Interdisciplinary Studies


ABA Connections of Central Michigan: Senior Level Clinician
Au Gres-Sims School District: Kindergarten Teacher
Brighton Area School: 5th Grade teacher
Fulton School District: 7th and 8th Grade Math Teacher
Grand Rapids Public Schools: Math and Science Teacher
Gratiot Community Mental Health Agency: Community Inclusion Specialist
Walkerville Public Schools: 6th Grade Teacher


Driven Solutions Incorporated: Copywriter
L.L Wright High School: English Teacher
NAS Jacksonville: CYP Assistant
Thrivant Financial: Office Professional
Lippert Components: HR Coordinator
Aquinas College: Education
Bennington College: Poetry
Northern Michigan University: English Literature


Audi USA: Consumer Advocate
DHL Supply Chain: Logistics Planner
Michigan State University: College of Law
Western Michigan University: History
Quinnipiac University: Frank H. Netter MD, School of Medicine

Integrative Physiology and Health Science

Crestwood Village Assisted Living: Resident Care Specialist
Neogen: Production Technologist
Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor: Telemetry Monitoring Technician
University of Notre Dame: Aquatics Coordinator
Central Michigan University: College of Medicine
Central Michigan University: Masters of Public Health
Wayne State University: Physiology
Wayne State University: Occupational Therapy
Michigan State University: College of Human Medicine
Chatham University: Occupational Therapy


Wintrust Financial: Rotational Credit Analyst
Michigan Technological University: Applied/Computational Mathematics
Michigan State: Industrial Mathematics
Yale University: Chemistry
Duke University: Biostatistics
Iowa State University: Applied Mathematics


AmeriCorps - Community Education Initiative: Community Engagement Coordinator
Axios HR: Human Resource Consultant/Event Manager
Lifestyle For The Disabled: Direct Professional Specialist
Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit: Volunteer Coordinator
Eastern Michigan: Counseling
Michigan State: Social Work
Northern Illinois University: School of Psychology
Muskingum University: Adult Education