MIT Students after Graduation

During 2015–2016, 261 employers recruited in MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD). Computer technology companies (30%), financial services (22%), consulting (16%), engineering

services (13%), and energy (7%) were the top five industries participating in on-campus recruiting, accounting for 87% of total recruiters.

Undergraduates after Graduation

  • 22% of 2016 bachelor’s degree graduates found jobs through a career fair.
  • 20% found jobs through various networking venues, including MIT faculty and administrators, GECD contacts, and professional conferences.
  • 19% had internships that led to a full-time job offer.
  • 18% found jobs through on-campus recruiting and MIT-sponsored job listings.
  • 83% of all graduating seniors completed internships while at MIT.

Fifty-two 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, California Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins University, Yale.

Graduate Students after Graduation

  • 80% of master’s students graduating from MIT entered the work sector and 12% went on to further study.
  • 93% of PhD students planned to work after graduation; 1% continued their education. Of those with confirmed employment, 45% had postdoctoral positions.
Top Employment Sectors for 2016 MIT Graduates, by Degree Type
  Bachelor's Master's PhD
Aerospace/defense 9% 6% 3%
Computer technologies 24% 17% 11%
Consulting 11% 21% 5%
Education 2% 1% 27%
Energy/utilities 54% 3% 3%
Engineering (all fields) 27% 14% 20%
Finance/banking 10% 13% 3%
Health/medicine 3% 4% 11%

The top employers for bachelor’s degree recipients were Google, Boeing, Apple, Oracle, Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, General Motors, Ab Initio, Accenture, Bain & Company, Microsoft, MIT, Morgan Stanley, NASA, and SpaceX.

The top employers for master’s degree recipients were McKinsey, Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, the US Navy, Deloitte, Bank of America, Falabella, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the US Army.

The top employers for doctoral degree recipients were MIT, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, McKinsey, University of Washington, Boston Consulting Group, Lam Research, Microsoft, Princeton, and Analog Devices.


Average Salaries Earned by MIT Graduates Entering Industry Positions, by Degree
  Mean Median
Bachelor of Science $84,882 $80,000
Master of Science $86,307 $85,000
Master of Engineering $111,021 $115,000
Master of Business Administration $134,851 $130,000
PhD entering postdoctoral positions $60,605 $50,000
PhD entering other positions $117,404 $110,000