SWOSU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the health care services industry, and the retail pharmacy or drugstore industry. A large chunk of former SWOSU students are employed in clinical care; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average starting salary for a graduate of SWOSU is $62K.
It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of around $60K whereas the men's median is $76K.
Among SWOSU graduates, the biggest earners are Pharmacists, who haul in $116K on average. Next on the list are Project Managers and Operations Managers, bringing in $89K and about $80K, respectively. On the lower end, Office Managers report making approximately $49K.
Many SWOSU grads end up living in Oklahoma City, Okla., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with SWOSU alumni is Houston, Texas, which offers a median salary of $120K. Home to the lowest median salary for SWOSU alumni is Elk City, Okla., a popular place for former students despite its $35K average paycheck. In addition, SWOSU grads flock to neighboring Tulsa, Okla. as well as Weatherford, Okla.
SWOSU students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can expect to make the most money ($95K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is an Associate of Science (AS) ($45K on average annually).
Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 53 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $95K). Many SWOSU grads have knowledge of Microsoft Office, with nearly one in ten alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Operations Management is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. A strong majority of alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health coverage is awarded to a fair number of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to the larger part of graduates as well. Other benefits that Southwestern Oklahoma State University alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Compensation averages approximately $64K for Midwestern State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SWOSU grads. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Henderson State University, and Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are also similar to SWOSU.