Graduates of VCU go into IT services, the software development industry, and the consulting industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. Among VCU grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. Former VCU graduates bring in about $53K on average.
After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average around $72K per year compared to females' $48K.
VCU grads who become Presidents are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $150K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Mechanical Engineers — their salaries approach approximately $60K. Environmental Consultants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $46K.
VCU alumni seem to appreciate living in Richmond, and more than two-fifths of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Another city that attracts a wealth of VCU grads is Washington, DC; given its high compensation ($97K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Midlothian, Va. is a popular spot for former VCU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $51K. Minneapolis, Minn. and Denver, Colo. also rank high on the list of cities.
A medical degree earns VCU students the most money after college (an average $145K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Psychology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $32K.
Competency in Microsoft Office translates into above-average pay for former Rams — they earn 37 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among VCU alumni, with slightly less than a fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of alums contribute to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to a fair number of alums, and the larger part of graduates also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of Tennessee graduates, who earn $57K on average, make a similar amount to VCU grads. The University of Virginia-Main Campus, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Maryland-College Park are also similar to VCU.