Career Outcomes

Alma College alumni are proof that Plaid Works — 90% of our 2017 graduates reported working full time or being enrolled 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 2017 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

92% response rate
90% overall career outcomes rate
62% reported employment
29% reported enrollment in graduate school or other educational programs

Career Outcomes for Most Common Majors

The most commonly-declared majors of the 2017 survey respondents were Accounting, Anthropology and Sociology, Biology, Education, Healthcare Administration, History, Integrative Physiology and Health Science (IPHS), Marketing, Nursing, and Psychology.  Combined, the overall career outcomes rate for our most common majors is 95% within six months of graduation.

Career Outcomes 2017


Here is a sampling of where our 2017 graduates are currently working and continuing their education:


AHP: Auditor
BDO: Audit Associate Accountant
Deloitte: Audit Assistant
Midwest Professionals, PLCC: Junior Auditor
Mobis North America: Accounting Specialist 

Anthropology & Sociology

Community Action Network: AmeriCorps Vista
Grand Valley State University: Social Work
The Field Museum: Volunteer
University of Illinois, Chicago: Social Work 


Georgia Aquarium: Aquarist
Michigan State University: Osteopathic Medicine
MPI Research: Research Technician
Noah’s Landing Pet Care Clinic: Veterinary Assistant
Ohio University: Ecology and Biology
University of Florida: Human Physiology
University of Wisconsin: Chemistry 

Business Administration

Allegis Global Solutions: Program Coordinator Finance Operations Specialist
Insight Global: Recruiter
North Western Mutual: Financial Representative
Quicken Loans: Mortgage Banker
Title Source: Senior Recording Analyst


Alma Public Schools: Kindergarten Teacher
Berrien Springs Public Schools: Teacher
Eastern Michigan University: Curriculum and Instruction
Liberty University: School Counseling
Michigan State University: Social Work
Zeeland Public Schools: Social Studies Teacher 


AmeriCorps: Literacy Tutor
Harnest Dickey’s and Pierce: Legal Assistant
Quicken Loans: Mortgage Banker
University of Montana Missoula: History 

Integrative Physiology and Health Science

Central MI District Health Department: Health Educator
Michigan School of Optometry: Optometry
Spectrum Health: Registered Nurse
Team Rehabilitation Services LLC: Physical Therapy Tech
Tufts University: Medicine
University of Knoxville: Biomechanics
University of Dayton: Physician’s Assistant
U.S. Peace Corps: Rural Aquaculture Promotion
Washington University: Occupational Therapy

Central Michigan University: Sports Administration
Common Sail Investment Group: Community Specialist
Power Home Remodeling Group: Sales and Marketing
Wayne Marketing Enterprises: Account Manager 

New Media Studies
Cartoon Network: Consumer Marketing Intern
Columbia College Chicago: Photography
Consumers Credit Union: Digital Design and Production Coordinator
West Michigan Whitecaps: Graphics Operator 

Beaumont Hospital: Registered Nurse
Lakeland Health: Registered Nurse
McLaren Cancer Center: Registered Nurse
Spectrum Health: Registered Nurse


Antioch University New England: Clinical Psychology
Awakenings Rehabilitation: Case Manager
Ball State University: Information and Communication Sciences
California Department of Justice
Central Michigan University: School Psychology
Michigan College Access Network: College Advisor
University of Texas Dallas: Cognition and Neuroscience