Former UCF students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, IT services, and the software development industry. The aerospace and defense industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former UCF graduates bring in about $51K on average.
The biggest paychecks among UCF alumni are earned by Senior Technical Consultants — these former students make a median salary of $95K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Mechanical Engineers (around $74K) and Civil Engineers ($59K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Marketing Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $44K.
Many UCF alumni remain in Orlando after graduation; just over two-fifths of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. It is no surprise that Atlanta, Ga., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $86K), is another of the most popular spots for former UCF students. On the far end of the pay scale, UCF alumni often reside in Miami, Fla., which is home to the lowest pay at $47K. UCF alumni express interest in nearby Melbourne, Fla. and Tampa, Fla. as well.
Financial compensation is highest for UCF grads with a Doctorate (PhD), Optics (average earnings climb to about $102K per year). Those holding a Bachelor's Degree, Hospitality Management are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $37K on average per year.
UCF alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. SQL commands a pay premium of 79 percent for former Knights. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. It is no small feat that a fair number of grads are given health coverage, and more than half of grads accept dental insurance. To plan for old age, a fair number of respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Alumni of University of Central Florida also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
University of South Florida graduates, who earn $52K on average, make a similar amount to UCF grads. Other schools similar to UCF include the University of Alabama at Huntsville, North Dakota State University-Main Campus, and Montana State University.