Graduates of the UT go into the engineering services industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. The manufacturing industry is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among UT grads, with less than two percent of former students experienced in this area. Starting salaries of $55K are the median among UT grads.
The most lucrative professionals among UT alumni are Practice Managers; they earn a median annual salary of around $124K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $98K and $59K, respectively, are Senior Project Engineers and Accountants. On the lower end, Urban Planners report making about $49K.
When it comes to compensation, Knoxville, Tenn. brings up the rear (median pay is $53K); however, roughly two-fifths of UT alumni still choose not to leave this city. By comparison, the top-paying city popular with UT alumni is Washington, DC, which offers a median salary of approximately $140K. Atlanta, Ga. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. are popular choices as well.
UT grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $107K per year. Those holding a B.A. in English Language are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $34K on average per year.
Former Volunteers with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 51 percent more than other grads' salaries. UT alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one-sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
Just under half of the graduates are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. To plan for old age, a large number of respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to most former students, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of survey participants as well. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Tennessee grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of South Carolina grads report the most similar salaries to UT alums, earning $56K on average. Other schools similar to UT include the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia.