Latest employment data on Walker College alumni released

Ninety three percent of 2019 Walker College of Business graduates have successfully reached their first destination, according to statistics compiled by staff at Appalachian State University's BB&T Student Leadership Center.

First destination statistics report employment rates, salaries and additional information regarding undergraduates six months* post-graduation.

Seventy-five percent of those that are at their first destination are employed full-time, making an average base salary of $48,217, with 14 percent attending graduate school and the remaining four percent involved in non-career related pursuits. Those not at their first destination are still seeking full-time employment. Those classified as still seeking full-time employment include those who have accepted part-time employment or a temporary, full-time job.

"This statistic is reflective of the hard work by our students as well as the faculty and staff who prepare them for the next step," said Michelle Boiscair, executive director of business career services. "We are extremely proud of our graduates and will continue to strengthen key partnerships with employers who are eager to hire our students because they demonstrate a strong work ethic and possess the necessary business skills to help the businesses of North Carolina thrive."

With 3,000+ undergraduates enrolled in business studies—the highest enrollment of any business school in the UNC System—the impact of Appalachian's alumni base on the state's industry is significant.

Seventy eight percent of the surveyed graduates elected to work full-time in the state in North Carolina.

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About Business Career Services at Appalachian State University

Business Career Services in the BB&T Student Leadership Center provides opportunities for business students to build career skills through professional and leadership development training. The center provides career services with personalized coaching and support to business students as they prepare for a career beyond Appalachian. Learn more at To learn more about Walker College of Business first destination statistics or programs offered in the BB&T Student Leadership Center, contact Michelle Boisclair, or (828) 262-7579 or visit the website,

*Survey measures are taken between commencement and six months after graduation, which results in statistics that apply to the previous academic year.