MIT Students after Graduation

During 2016–2017, MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD) hosted 144 different employers for 2,749 interviews held on campus and 1,072 employers who posted

over 2,595 jobs. Computer technology companies (21%), consulting (17%), financial services (15%), aviation/ aerospace (14%), and consumer products (9%) were the top five industries participating in on-campus recruiting and accounted for 76% of total recruiters.

Undergraduates after Graduation

  • Twenty-four percent of 2017 bachelor’s degree graduates had internships that led to a full-time job offer.
  • Twenty percent found jobs through on-campus recruiting and MIT-sponsored job listings.
  • Nineteen percent found jobs through various networking venues, including MIT faculty and administrators, GECD contacts, and professional conferences.
  • Eighteen percent found jobs through a career fair.
  • Eighty-seven percent of all graduating seniors completed internships while at MIT.

Fifty-four percent of MIT undergraduates took jobs after graduation; 37% went on to graduate school. The top graduate school destinations were MIT, Stanford, Harvard, University of California at Berkeley, Princeton, California Institute of Technology, Columbia, Northwestern, University of California at San Diego, University of Chicago, and University of Michigan.

Graduate Students after Graduation

  • Eighty-one percent of master’s students graduating from MIT entered the work sector and 11% went on to further study.
  • While 95% of PhD students planned to work after graduation, 1% continued their education. Of those with confirmed employment, 42% had postdoctoral positions.
Top Employment Sectors for 2017 MIT Graduates, by Degree Type
  Bachelor's Master's PhD
Aerospace/defense 9% 5% 4%
Computer technologies 23% 15% 11%
Consulting 14% 25% 5%
Education 3% 2% 24%
Energy/utilities 2% 2% 4%
Engineering (all fields) 24% 17% 24%
Finance/banking 14% 16% 3%
Health/medicine 3% 2% 9%

The top employers for bachelor’s degree recipients were Google, Microsoft, General Motors, Accenture, Facebook, Amazon, MIT, Northrop Grumman, Goldman Sachs, US Navy, Apple, Bain & Company, Boeing, McKinsey, and Oracle.

The top employers for master’s degree recipients were Amazon, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, Deloitte, Facebook, US Army, US Navy, Google, MIT, US Air Force, Apple, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The top employers for doctoral degree recipients were MIT, Harvard, Google, UC Berkeley, Apple, McKinsey, Princeton, Columbia, Draper, Microsoft, Northwestern, Stanford, University of Chicago, and University of Washington.


Average Salaries Earned by MIT Graduates Entering Industry Positions, by Degree
  Mean Median
Bachelor of Science $88,381 $85,000
Master of Science $87,812 $85,000
Master of Engineering $108,973 $115,000
Master of Business Administration $129,403 $130,000
PhD entering postdoctoral positions $59,807 $55,000
PhD entering other positions $119,265 $117,500