Career Paths

Survey Overview

We conducted an alumni survey in 2013 to track the career paths of our undergraduates over time. We looked at more than 30 career categories and grouped majors by four major divisions: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and engineering. We surveyed the class of 1993 (20 years after graduation), the class of 2003 (10 years after graduation), and the class of 2008 (5 years after graduation). Our overall response rate was roughly 30%, and the number of respondents (as well as response rate in parentheses) for each class was: Class of 1993 = 319 (29%), Class of 2003 = (30%), and the Class of 2008 = 493 (32%).

Where Duke Students Go

5 Years After Graduation

Summary of Career Paths for the Class of 2008

Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write-in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories for each group are provided below.


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: diplomat, filmmaker, legislative affairs associate, market research & analysis, paralegal, policy and research analyst, retail merchandiser/buyer, student, and part-time working student status.

Humanities Majors: Art History, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Canadian Studies, Classical Languages, Classical Civilization, Dance, English, French & Francophone Studies, German, Italian Studies, Global Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Romance Studies, Russian, Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, Theater Studies, Visual & Media Studies, Visual Arts


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: account management, investment banker, research assistant, safety specialist, scientists: mathematician (academic research, not analyst), social worker (community based), student, and student working towards becoming a physician.

Natural Science Majors: Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Evolutionary Anthropology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Statistical Science


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: acquisitions, advocacy/policy, analyst, archaeologist, business analyst, business development (program development and analysis), business (general management), coaching, consumer researcher, educator (administrator), fund manager, graduate student (teaching fellow), higher education administrator, international development program manager, investment banker, information technology, law student, meterologist, military officer, PhD student, pilot, policy analyst, policy professional, product manager, program manager, proprietary stock trader, public health (policy analyst), religious vocation, research analyst, research coordinator, research manager, strategy in media company, student, surface warfare officer, and visual journalism.

Social Science Majors: African & African American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Global Health, History, International Comparative Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in category is as follows: student.

Engineering Majors: Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

10 Years After Graduation

Career Path Summary from the Class of 2003

Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are provided below.


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: accounts payable, agriculture (rancher), college counselor, customer service rep, marketing strategist, and organizational development.

Humanities Majors: Art History, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Canadian Studies, Classical Languages, Classical Civilization, Dance, English, French & Francophone Studies, German, Italian Studies, Global Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Romance Studies, Russian, Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, Theater Studies, Visual & Media Studies, Visual Arts


 

Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: actuary, acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, environmental scientist, investment banker, investor, prep staff for teaching lab, project officer, and wealth management.

Natural Science Majors: Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Evolutionary Anthropology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Statistical Science


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: advocate, banker, banking, chef, cultural anthropologist, dentist, deputy director (corporate strategy), entrepreneur, filmmaker/journalist/teacher, general management, investment banker, investment officer, investment strategist, investor, management, minister, non-profit management, nonprofit management trade association, operations, operations management, portfolio manager, product development (consumer goods), special agent, strategist, technology and compliance services to political campaigns, technology project manager, and visual journalism.

Social Science Majors: African & African American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Global Health, History, International Comparative Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: business analyst, engineer and performing artist, hybrid: programmer & designer, nature guide, pilot, project manager, and technical manager.

Engineering Majors: Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

20 Years After Graduation

Career Path Summary – All Majors – Class of 1993

Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are provided below.


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: hedge fund, homemaker, information professional (librarian), managing partner and portfolio manager, program manager, researcher, restauranteur owner and CFO.

Humanities Majors: Art History, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Canadian Studies, Classical Languages, Classical Civilization, Dance, English, French & Francophone Studies, German, Italian Studies, Global Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Romance Studies, Russian, Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, Theater Studies, Visual & Media Studies, Visual Arts


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: compliance, endodontist, epidemiologist, executive, home maker, lobbyist for higher education institution, military pilot/senior leader, multi-disciplinary (science regulatory, advising, project mangement, marketing, HR, etc.); quality assurance, strategic and financial planning.

Natural Science Majors: Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Evolutionary Anthropology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Statistical Science


Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: art dealer, business strategy and marketing consultant, corporate strategy, credit risk manager, diplomat, educator administrator (head guidance counselor), executive level management, federal law enforcement agent, fund manager, investment manager, investor, physician assistant, pilot, political activist, project management, non profit working with homeless families, writer/film maker/actor.

Social Science Majors: African & African American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Global Health, History, International Comparative Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies


 

Other Occupation Category: We gave alumni the opportunity to write in specific job categories as part of the survey. The write-in categories are as follows: 50% engineer/50% programmer/computer scientist/system analyst, administrator and educator; faculty; business development; general manager.

Engineering Majors: Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering