Career Outcomes survey

The Nevada Career Studio at the University of Nevada, Reno conducts the Career Outcomes Survey of students who graduate within any given academic year at all degree levels. The purpose of the Career Outcomes Survey is to assess the impact of students’ education at the University of Nevada, Reno on their career trajectories within 6-months after graduation.


The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) defines the Class of any given year as extending from July 1 until June 30. Questions and timing of the Career Outcomes Survey complied with the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) First-Destination Standards and Protocols, as well as with the National Standard for Career Outcomes Data Collection, defined by GradLeaders Research. Three cycles of the survey opened a month before each graduation (August, December, and May) and remained for 6-months after graduation.

NACE Standards allow for the collection of career outcomes data from a variety of additional sources, including reports from an employer or faculty member with a personal connection to the student, a student’s update to a LinkedIn profile, or information that a student reported to the Career Studio outside of the survey instrument. Outcomes data gleaned from an alternative source and entered by survey administrators did not preclude nor replace students’ direct responses to the survey.

Key sections

Post-graduation status (e.g., working, continuing education, still looking, etc.)

  • Career outcome rate
  • Timing of job search
  • Full-time employed
  • Location of work
    • Salary
    • Satisfaction with employment
    • Relevance of degree with employment