The UCSB alumni can most commonly be found in software as a service (SAAS) development, the financial services industry, and the environmental consulting industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among UCSB grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of about $72K are the median among UCSB grads.
The biggest paychecks among UCSB alumni are earned by Electrical Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $118K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists ($93K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $89K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Senior Financial Analysts who make an average of $68K.
UCSB alumni like Santa Barbara so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with slightly less than a fifth of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Menlo Park, Calif. is also a common destination for UCSB grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $125K. Though Santa Monica, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among UCSB grads (the median salary is $57K there), it remains a common destination for former students. UCSB alumni express interest in nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. as well.
A Doctorate (PhD), Computer Science (CS) leads to the highest pay for UCSB grads (around $126K on average per year). A B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $40K).
Microsoft Word commands a pay premium of 65 percent for former Gauchos. Just under one in five UCSB grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most graduates, and a strong majority of grads sign up for dental plans. A large number of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Graduates of University of California are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and free drinks.
Among alumni of similar schools, University of California grads (who make an average of $73K) earn salaries most similar to UCSB alumni. Other schools similar to UCSB include the University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Irvine, and the University of California-San Diego.