Graduates of the USF are found working in a number of different fields including the financial services industry, the software development industry, and the banking industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. Those with a degree from the USF make an average of about $58K.
USF grads who become Pediatrics Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average approximately $80K annually. However, Process Engineers and Mechanical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $78K and $67K, respectively). On the lower end, Human Resources Managers report making $55K.
Many USF alumni remain in Tampa after graduation; approximately two in five grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. In addition, former USF students often head to New York, N.Y. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $95K in this top-paying city. USF alumni in Orlando, Fla. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $43K. Other cities of interest among USF alumni include nearby Clearwater, Fla. and St. Petersburg, Fla.
A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting will compensate USF grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $145K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) — their annual income amounts to approximately $42K on average.
Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 24 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($71K). Approximately one in six USF grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; approximately half of the respondents get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a fair number of alums contribute to a 401(k). It is no small feat that a strong majority of survey participants are given health coverage, and the larger part of alums accept dental insurance. University of South Florida graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.
Alumni of Florida State University pick up average paychecks of $58K, which is closest to the amount made by USF grads among similar schools. The University of Florida, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, and the University of Houston are also similar to USF.