The following are highlights of the results for the Executive Summary of Alumni survey, taken in the Fall 2007 semester.

Courtesy of Dr. Vaughn Call, Sarah Savage, Michelle Harris, Haley Williams, Tisah Quarnberg, Kayley Dawson, and Rebecca Gray.

Demographics:

  • Of the respondents, 62% were female, and 38% were male.
  • Survey includes alumni for the past fifteen years, beginning with those that graduated in 1990.
    • 34% graduated from 1990 to 1995.
    • 38% graduated from 1996 to 2000.
    • 26% graduated from 2001 to 2007.

BYU and Sociology experience:

  • 93% indicated a positive experience at BYU.
  • 91% indicated a positive experience with their education in sociology.

Upon graduation:

  • Courses ranked most valuable since graduation: family, statistics and data analysis, and Senior level courses (in that order).
  • The year following graduation, 55% were working full time, 19% were full-time homemakers, 10% were full-time students, and 9% were working part-time.
  • Five years following graduation, 49% were working full time, 32% were full-time homemakers, 12% were working part-time, and 5% were full-time students.

Graduate school:

  • 43% continued their education at graduate levels.
  • Highest degrees obtained among alumni:
    • BS or BA     64%
    • Master's      24%
    • JD               4%
    • PhD             4%
    • MD or DDS   1%
    • Other           3%
    • Courses ranked most valuable for students in graduate school: Research methods, Statistics and data analysis, Senior level courses, and Inequality/diversity (in that order).

    First job:

    • 45% either agreed or strongly agreed that the sociology degree played a significant role in their first job, 18% were neutral, and 38% either disagreed or strongly disagreed.
    • 58% indicated positively on the satisfaction scale for their first job, 17% were neutral, and 25% indicated negatively.
    • 96% indicated that they made less than $50,000/year at their first job, and 4% had made more.
    • First job following graduation from BYU (in order of occurrence):
      1. Office assistant/ clerk/ secretarial
      2. Counselor or case worker
      3. Sales or Buyer for company
      4. Business management
      5. Research analyst/ data and technology
      6. Research assistant in graduate school
      7. Claims adjusters/ auditors/ account representatives
      8. Education (preschool, elementary, secondary, university)
      9. Financial/ loans/ mortgages
      10. Marketing

    Current job:

    • 63% either agreed or strongly agreed that the sociology degree played a significant role in their current job, 21% were neutral, and 16% either disagreed or strongly disagreed.
    • 93% indicated positively on the satisfaction scale for their current job, 4% were neutral, and 3% indicated negatively.
    • 43.6% indicated that they made less than $50,000/year at this job, 34.2% make more than $50,000 but less than $100,000, and 22.1% make more than $100,000.
    • Current job as of Fall 2007:
      1. Education (elementary, secondary, university, CES)
      2. Counselor or case worker
      3. Business management/ CEO
      4. Small business owner
      5. Human relations
      6. Lawyer
      7. Sales or Buyer for company
      8. Marketing
      9. Research analyst
      10. Police/ state trooper/ special agent