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SUNY Introduces Graduate Wages Dashboard

October 21, 2019

Farmingdale State College students can research projected wages for any field of study

Farmingdale State College graduates are earning excellent salaries 10 years after graduation, according to the new SUNY gradwages dashboard.

Gradwages (https://www.suny.edu/gradwages/) combines academic data from SUNY with wage data from the NYS Department of Labor, to show median wages in specific degree programs. The dashboard shows wages one, two, three, five, and 10 years post-graduation, and allows students to research by field of study and campus.

"We are pleased to gather this data into an easy-to-use tool that will help both prospective and current students make informed choices about their majors and career paths," said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. "Students choose their degree major based on any number of variables, and some may not consider their earnings potential. For those who do, SUNY gradwages gives students and their parents an expectation of what they can earn years after college, which can then help guide them towards decisions that best suit their personal and financial circumstances."

Examples of Farmingdale State College projected wages by degree program, first and tenth year, include:

• Construction Management Engineering Technology
o $51, 325 $126,059
• Professional Communications
o $33,972 $90,432
• Nursing
o $89,986 $99,081
• Mechanical Engineering Technology
o $51,290 $86,384
• Professional Pilot
o $29,004 $80,676
• Ornamental Horticulture
o $37,096 $86,826
• Business Management
o $38,072 $63,502

Farmingdale's most recent survey of alumni – 2017-2018 - reveals that 94% of baccalaureate degree recipients are employed and/or continuing their education within six months of graduation. Of that group, 73% are working full-time and 95% are working in Metro New York, with the majority (82%) working on Long Island.

Seventy-one percent of employed respondents are working in a new job related to their degree (39%) or continuing in a related job (32%).

A recent U.S. News poll – which ranked Farmingdale #11 among public colleges in the North region – also named the College a "Best Value" (#12). Washington Monthly ranked Farmingdale in the top one-third of 386 baccalaureate-granting colleges in the Northeast for "Best Bang for the Buck." Schools are ranked, says the magazine, "according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices."

In CollegeFactual.com's "Best Colleges for the Money" category, in New York State FSC ranked in the Top 20 out of 115 schools.

Money rates Farmingdale in the top 40% of colleges in "Best Colleges for Your Money," and Payscale.com also endorsed Farmingdale's value, ranking the College #170 in a sampling of 2,000 academic institutions. Within SUNY, FSC ranks #4 in ROI (Return on Investment).

Farmingdale State College students are at a major advantage on Long Island: their education is considered a "Best Value" in poll after poll, and their earning potential is documented to increase year after year.

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