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Employment and Educational Status

FIT administers an annual survey of alumni who graduated during the previous academic year with either an associate or bachelorís degree. This one-year-out survey asks graduates about their current education and employment status, satisfaction with their overall FIT experience, and skills gained at FIT. The current survey was administered in May 2013, and surveyed graduates from the 2011-2012 academic year. Out of 3,485 graduates, 634 completed the survey, for an 18% response rate.

Key Results

Employment and School Attendance

  • Forty-eight percent of associate degree graduates self-reported that they continued their education after graduating. Far fewer of the bachelor's graduates (4%) reported continuing on to further schooling.
  • Sixty percent of associate degree graduates reported that they were employed, with 26% being unemployed and seeking employment and 14% not working and not seeking employment. Most of those who were not seeking employment were attending school.
  • Eighty-nine percent of bachelor's graduates reported being employed, with 77% reporting employment in a job related to their degree. Ten percent reported being unemployed (not working, seeking employment) and one percent were not working but not seeking employment.
  • A placement rate, which is used for federal Higher Education Act reporting requirements, is calculated for students who are employed or seeking employment. This placement rate equals the number of employed graduates as a percentage of the total of employed graduates and those who are seeking employment. The placement rate for associate degree graduates was 70% and the placement rate for bachelor's degree graduates was 90%.

  Associate's Degree Employment and School Attendance Outcomes by School
  All Graduates
Art and Design
Business and Technology

N
%
N
%
N
%
School attendance






Not attending school
148
52%
64
45%
84
58%
Attending school
138
48%
77
55%
61
42%
Total responses to school questions
286 100% 141 100% 145
100%
             
Employment outcomes






Employed, related to degree
134
43%
56
37%
78
49%
Employed, unrelated to degree
53
17%
28
18%
25
16%
Employed subtotal
187
60%
84
55%
103
65%







Unemployed, seeking employment
81
26%
43
28%
38
24%
Unemployed, not seeking employment
43 14% 25 16% 18 11%
Total responses to employment questions  311 100% 152
100% 159
100%
             
 Placement rate
           
 (A) Employed subtotal  187    84   103
 
 (B) Employed and seeking employment
268
   127   141
 
 Placement rate (A divided by B)
 70%   66%
  73%
 

  Bachelor's Degree Employment and School Attendance Outcomes by School
  All Graduates
Art and Design
Business and Technology

N
%
N
%
N
%
School attendance






Not attending school
289
96%
109
95%
174
97%
Attending school
11
4%
6
5%
5
3%
Total responses to school questions
300 100% 115 100% 179
100%
             
Employment outcomes






Employed, related to degree
238
77%
90
77%
145
78%
Employed, unrelated to degree
38
12%
10
9%
26
14%
Employed subtotal
276
89%
100
85%
171
91%







Unemployed, seeking employment
30
10%
16
14%
14
7%
Unemployed, not seeking employment
4 1% 1 1% 2 1%
Total responses to employment questions  310 100% 117
100% 187
100%
             
 Placement rate
           
 (A) Employed subtotal 276   100   171
 
 (B) Employed and seeking employment
306
   116   185
 
 Placement rate (A divided by B)
 90%   86%
  92%
 

Satisfaction with FIT Education

  • Graduates reported high levels of satisfaction with the overall FIT experience: 80% would choose to attend FIT again, 74% would choose the same major, and 87% would recommend FIT to prospective students.

Graduate School Attendance by Bachelor's Graduates

  • While not included in the 2013 version of the Alumni Survey, the prior year's survey in 2012 asked about the graduate school attendance of bachelor's degree recipients.
  • Out of the 285 total bachelor's respondents in the 2012 administration of the Alumni Survey, eight indicated that they were attending graduate school. These graduates attended a diverse set of institutions that included New York University, Polimoda International Institute of Design and Marketing, University of Phoenix, the University of Chicago, American Military University, Lehman College, and Pratt Institute. Fields of study included Arts Politics, Luxury Management, Industrial Psychology, Business, Special Education, Marketing, Painting, and the History of Art and Design.

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