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One in five Clarkson University graduates is the CEO, vice president or owner of his or her own company. Great careers like that don’t just happen — they result from a progressive education, solid career planning, and plenty of opportunities to acquire meaningful real-world experience.

The Clarkson Career Center takes an active role in helping students to reach their post-graduate goals. Each year, graduates enter into top employment and graduate school opportunities. 

Clarkson University placement data (Class of 2012):

  • The overall University placement rate for the Class of 2012 was 96 percent.
  • Over the past three years, an increasing number of Clarkson graduates are electing to enter directly into the workforce
  • The reported information percentage was the highest it has been in the last five years
 placement summary chart      

Average starting salary:

Clarkson University graduates, on average, begin their careers at highly competitive rates. According to Payscale’s 2011 College Salary Report, the average starting salary of Clarkson graduates is $57,900 placing us #17 out of 1003 universities listed in this independent compensation benchmarking service. 

Top Employers for the Class of 2012:

General Electric TRC Companies, Inc.
IBM (International Business Machines)                        Keiwit Construction Corp
General Dynamics Electric Boat BAE Systems
Lockheed Martin Johnson & Johnson

Employers hiring two or more Clarkson graduates (Class of 2012):

Assured Information Security      General Motors      Pike Co.
Barton & Loguidice      Global Foundries      PLC Trenching
Boeing      Goodrich Corp.      PPC
BorgWarner Morse TEC      Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.      RBC Heim Bearings
Clarkson University      Green Mountain Coffee Roasters      Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Constellation Energy      Horizon Solutions Corp.      Schneider Electric
Cooper Crouse-Hinds      Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL)      Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Cooper Industries      New York Power Authority      SRC (Syracuse Research Corp.)
Davis-Standard      Norfolk Naval Shipyard      Trison Business Solutions
Dewberry      Parexel      Twin City Fans
First Investors      PC Construction Company      YieldMo

Graduate schools attended (partial list for Class of 2012):

Clarkson University
Cornell University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Drexel University
North Carolina State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
SUNY Plattsburgh
University of Massachusetts - Amherst

All data reported above is collected via the annual placement survey given to all graduates. The data is collected via a questionnaire and is collected at four intervals (at the time of graduation, as well as at three, six, and eight months). Clarkson University graduates enter into a variety of industries and occupations, examples include leadership development programs, operations, process engineering, research and design, consulting, financial analysis, and supply chain.