This Career Center annual report covers data about operations that occurred between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017.  Information is collected through the First Destination Survey in Handshake, the Career Center’s job and internship platform and appointment scheduler, as well as career fair exit surveys. Based on this data, the Career Center is able to identify ways to improve services for current and previous students entering and navigating the job market.

First Destination Survey

The data represents information collected beginning at graduation and continuing 6 months after. This includes reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities. This information comes from the graduates via survey. Relevant data may also be provided by secondary sources.

The following data is based on the career outcomes of 6,359 total graduates. Please select the individual graduate classes to find out more information regarding the career outcomes by college and majors.

Total Graduates




Knowledge Rate

(percent of responses from total graduates)

Immediate Plans

Graduates reported with positive career outcomes includes: full- or part-time employment, continuing education (planning to attend graduate or professional school), military service, or volunteer service.  “Still seeking” respondents are seeking employment or are seeking to continue their education but have yet to enroll.

Positive Outcomes

(13% still seeking)

Positive Outcomes by College

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Arts and Sciences


65% knowledge rate



71% knowledge rate



60% knowledge rate



85% knowledge rate

Human Environmental Sciences


58% knowledge rate



70% knowledge rate

Social Work


63% knowledge rate

Starting Salaries

Full-time employment

Average Salary

Range = $15,080-$110,000


1,065 graduates reported completing at least one internship before graduating

Internship Outcomes

positive outcomes from internship respondents

Top Destinations

Alabama was the top first destination for 47% of graduates; Tuscaloosa was the location of most employment in-state, while Atlanta was first for out-of-state jobs.

Top 10 States for UA Graduates

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  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas
  4. Tennessee
  5. Florida
  6. New York
  7. California
  8. North Carolina
  9. Illinois
  10. South Carolina

Map of U.S.A. showing top 10 destination states.

Alabama Cities

  1. Tuscaloosa
  2. Birmingham
  3. Huntsville
  4. Mobile
  5. Montgomery
  6. Dothan
  7. Vance
  8. Auburn
  9. Northport
  10. Hoover

Map of Alabama with stars indicating locations: Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Dothan, Vance, Auburn, Northport, and Hoover.

Out-of-State Cities

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Nashville, Tennessee
  3. New York, New York
  4. Dallas, Texas
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. Charlotte, North Carolina
  9. Orlando, Florida
  10. Austin, Texas

Map of eastern U.S. with stars indicating locations. Atlanta. Nashville, Tennessee. New York City. Dallas. Chicago. Washington, D.C. Houston, Texas. Charlotte, North Carolina. Orlando, Florida. Austin, Texas.

Top Employers

The 16 organizations offering the most employment to graduates are in alphabetical order:

  • AT&T
  • Children’s of Alabama
  • DCH Health System
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Ernst & Young
  • Huntsville Hospital
  • International Paper
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Southern Company/Southern Nuclear/Alabama Power Company
  • St. Vincent’s Health System
  • Staples
  • The University of Alabama
  • UAB Hospital
  • The Walt Disney Company

Square grid of logos. Companies include AT&T, Children’s of Alabama, DCH Health System, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Ernst & Young, Huntsville Hospital, International Paper, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Southern Company/Southern Nuclear/Alabama Power Company, St. Vincent’s Health System, Staples, The University of Alabama, UAB Hospital, and The Walt Disney Company.

Career Fairs

Of those responding to the career fair recruiter survey, 98% of respondents agreed that UA students at the career fair were well prepared and presented themselves in a professional manner.

10 Career Fairs

5,400-plus Students

689 Employers

Our Students Say

I enjoyed it, considering it was my first career fair, and it opened my eyes to different opportunities while also teaching me what I need to do to be better prepared next time.

A great opportunity to network.

I love the variety of companies that you have here, there were literally more than I could talk to!

I think that the University of Alabama does a great job at recruiting companies. I am excited about all the opportunities!

I thought it was really well set up and it was easy to talk to the recruiters. Overall, I thought it was a great experience.

Service Utilization

Of 669 appointment survey responses, 95% of students and alumni agreed or strongly agreed that their career consultant was knowledgeable and professional. Respondents gave an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars for their overall experience with the Career Center.


  • 624 programs
  • 23,686 attendees

Consulting Appointments

  • 7,209 appointments
  • 4,657 individual clients


  • 13,360 users

On-Campus Interviews

  • 4,156 interviews
  • 6,340 applications