Investing in Excellence: Graduate Survey Results

What does the Department of Forest Resources mean to you? Perhaps you are reminded of your experiences on campus, at Cloquet or at Itasca. Perhaps you think of the legacy of excellence in carrying the Land-Grant mission forward in research, teaching, and outreach. We are proud of the excellence of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni and are ever appreciative of the investments of those who support us. Part of our commitment to excellence is providing accredited programs. This coming fall, the Department of Forest Resources will undergo review for re-accreditation by the Society of American Foresters. The Department has offered accredited programs since 1935 when such accreditation was first available. Re-accreditation takes takes place every ten years and involves in-depth review of the Department’s mission, goals, curriculum, students, faculty, staff, and graduates. This spring, we sent recent graduates from 2006-2016 a survey, soliciting feedback on their job placement. We are proud of the results and want to share about the success of our graduates.

Chart: Time elapsed between graduation and securing a full-time job

Over sixty percent of graduates found full-time permanent employment within their first year of graduating.

Chart: Current activity of graduates

Chart: Employer type

Where are graduates working? They are across the U.S. and Minnesota, working for tribal nations, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the USDA Forest Service, county land departments, private tree care companies, and as private consultants, among others.

Annual salaries of graduates