Belmont’s most recent graduating class has achieved the University’s highest-ever Career Outcomes rating of 96 percent, significantly surpassing the 84 percent national average. This statistic means that 96 percent of recent graduates were employed, pursuing continuing education or enlisted in the military within six months of graduation, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ First-Destination Survey.
“Belmont University seeks to equip our students to pursue lives of meaning and purpose and prepare them to pursue their chosen paths upon completing their degree,” said Mary Claire Dismukes, Director of Career & Professional Development. “The First Destination Rate helps us to put into full perspective how Belmont graduates are putting their education to work in the world.”
The Career Outcomes Rate comes from the First Destination Survey of recent graduates and data obtained from the University’s Career & Professional Development Office. Among the surveyed 2022 graduates, 87 percent are employed, 8 percent are continuing their education and four percent are enlisted in military or volunteer service. Eighty-eight percent of those employed had found professional positions that aligned with their short-term or long-term career goals and 86 percent were in positions either very related or related to their degree.
When asked, “Which of the following helped you find and/or obtain your current position?” in the class of 2022 First Destination Survey, 54% of graduate respondents included “Having one or more internships during my time at Belmont.” Nearly half of Belmont’s graduates participated in an internship for course credit.
Jessica Knoble is a board-certified Music Therapist at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. “I am incredibly grateful for Belmont’s music therapy program and the wonderful professors who taught me so many values and core components of my work,” she said.
First Destination Survey results also indicated that graduates secured employment in numerous regions across the United States with 69 percent of graduates remaining in Middle Tennessee– Nashville topping the Wall Street Journal’s list of 2022’s hottest job markets. Top employers for Belmont graduates included Bridgestone Americas, HCA Healthcare, Nashville Predators, Buntin, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Caterpillar Financial among others.
For more information on the class of 2022, visit the Student Career Outcomes page.