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The Career Center offers career coaching and practice interviewing for M.A/M.S/Ph.D students and postdocs seeking jobs in private industry, government, and the nonprofit sector.

Request an Appointment with a Career Coach 

  • Log in to Handshake using your NetID and password 
  • Once in Handshake, select “Career Center ” 
  • Then, click “Schedule a New Appointment” and select the appropriate appointment type, followed by a day and time


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   Career Exploration 


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  • Define your interests by keyword or employer industry. 
  • Save the filtered results, reject the results with the thumbs-down icon, or add the results with a thumbs-up icon to retrieve favorites at a later date.
  • International students may run an advanced search to find positions where U.S. work authorization is optional.
  • Check out the mobile app!


   Career Assessments

SUGGESTED ACTION   Take one more of these  assesments and review with a career coach during a1:1 appoitnemnt.


Top Fields


Projected Top-Paid Master's Degrees   

Broad Category 2017 Average Salary 2016 Average Salary
Computer Science $81,039 $72,080
Engineering $75,053 $73,871
Business $74,066 $71,663
Math & Sciences $70,061 $67,891

*Source: Winter 2017  Salary Survey,  National Association of Colleges and Employers


Top Fields for PH.D. Degrees

Rank  Major   Early Career Pay Mid-Career Pay % High Meaning
1 (tie)  Chemical Engineering $96,100 $146,000 64%
1 (tie)  Organic Chemistry  $83,400 $146,000 N/A
3  Computer Science (CS) $118,000  $145,000 63%
4  Electrical Engineering  $103,000 $144,000 68%
5  Pharmacology  $75,400 $141,000 87%
6  Physical Chemistry $73,600 $138,000 56%
7  Engineering  $93,600 $137,000 81%
8  Physics  $93,700 $135,000 55%
9  Biomedical Engineering (BME)  $88,100 $133,000 87%
10  Statistics  $105,000 $131,000 65% 

* Source

Transferable Skills


Transferable skills are techniques and competencies that can be applied to various career fields. For example, R is a programming language useful in careers like computer programming, statistics, and price analysis.

Project management is another example of a transferable skill. Developing timelines, setting goals, and designing experiments are all useful skills for different career fields. 

Examples of Transferable Skills & Abilities from Graduate Degrees:


Resumes, Cover Letters, & Interviews


A   resume  serves to get you an interview. Your resume should represent your skills and your career potential, but it should also convey your personality and  professional story. A resume should answer the question: “Who are you?”

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cover letter  is a targeted letter that introduces you and your resume to a specific prospective employer. A cover letter should convey professionalism and strong written communications ability.

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 An  interview  is an employer’s way of getting to know the job candidates. While there’s no way of knowing exactly what questions you will be asked, you can follow 10 simple rules to help you give your best performance possible!

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International Students


On-campus job while you study?

  • On-campus employment for F-1 students does not require written approval if you are maintaining lawful F-1 status.  
  • J-1 students must meet with an International Student Advisor prior to accepting employment.
  • Your on-campus job does not need to be related to your field of study.
  • You cannot exceed more than 20 hours of employment per week during the fall and spring semesters.

*Note: Intensive English Center students are not eligible for on- or off-campus employment.

Pursuing an off-campus job or internship before graduation?

Off-campus employment and internships require approval from either an International Student Advisor or USCIS prior to employment.

*The government keeps track of individuals' U.S. earnings/employment for tax purposes. Once you are offered a PAID position, on or off campus, you must apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).

 Post Completion OPT and Beyond

1) Attend an Optional Practical Training (OPT)  workshop offered by the ​ VIS Office
2) Identify employers and occupations or   make an appointment  with Career Center staff for guidance
3) Determine if your career aspirations are in the United States or abroad
4) Search for full-time jobs using   Handshake  and/or   GradConnection