Graduates of the UCSB go into the financial services industry, the environmental consulting industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular field is the software development industry. Those with a degree from the UCSB make an average of $71K.
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 (around $93K) and Mechanical Engineers ($89K). Senior Financial Analysts face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $68K.
Slightly less than one-fifth of UCSB grads stay in Santa Barbara, Calif., even though it offers the lowest median pay (about $63K). By comparison, the top-paying city popular with UCSB alumni is Menlo Park, Calif., which offers a median salary of approximately $125K. Graduates of UCSB also relocate to San Francisco, Calif., which is not far away, and San Diego, Calif.
A Doctorate (PhD), Computer Science (CS) leads to the highest pay for UCSB grads ($126K on average per year). A B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $40K).
Project Management is a popular skill among UCSB alumni, with just under one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Word translates into above-average pay for former Gauchos — they earn 66 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.
Benefits and Perks
Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. Most grads have medical plans, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most graduates contribute to a 401(k). University of California alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock options.
University of California grads report the most similar salaries to UCSB alums, earning $73K on average. Other schools similar to UCSB include the University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Irvine, and the University of California-San Diego.