By GREGORY ZELLER //
If Farmingdale State College isn’t plugging Long Island’s infamous “brain drain,” it is at the very least reversing the flow a bit.
The college’s most-recent annual alumni survey shows that 90 percent of bachelor-degree recipients find employment within six months of graduation – with three-quarters of those workers employed full-time and more than eight out of every 10 working in the Greater New York region, including Long Island.
So says the 2016-2017 Six Months After Graduation Report, which chronicles a post-commencement survey completed by 27 percent of 2017 graduating class, according to the Farmingdale-based school.
The report – which also notes that 77 percent of respondents are employed in a position related to their degrees – highlights “the kinds of outcomes that occur when we offer first-class teaching and provide our students with significant applied and experiential learning opportunities, both within and outside the classroom,” according to Farmingdale State College President John Nader.
“In today’s highly competitive job market, students must have both,” Nader said. “We are proud to note how well our students are seizing the opportunities we provide them.”
According to the 2016-2017 Six Months After Graduation Report, 68 percent of respondents were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the workforce preparation they received at FSC (the percentage rises to 75 percent among those working in jobs related to their majors).
While only 33 percent of respondents noted they completed an internship program while studying at Farmingdale State, 37 percent of those respondents said they were offered a permanent position at the company where they interned.
Among other professional-prep efforts, FSC helps students gain employment satisfaction by “enlisting executives from business and industry to help advise the college on the development of academic programs,” the college said in a statement.
Farmingdale State also maintains “extensive internship and experiential learning programs,” including networking opportunities with alumni, job fairs and instructional courses in résumé-writing and interviewing techniques through the Nexus Center for Applied Learning & Career Development, the school said.
Other cheerful highlights from the 2016-2017 Six Months After Graduation Report: Farmingdale State graduates tend to land jobs fast, with 45 percent of bachelor’s-degree recipients whose jobs are related to their degrees stating they secured their positions prior to graduation – and the rest noting they were all employed within six months of earning their diplomas.
As for pay: One-quarter of all employed baccalaureate respondents reported annual salaries of $60,000 or more, while 45 percent reported annual salaries of $40,000 or more.
Those reported salaries are in line with – or significantly better than – regional income averages reported by the federal government. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, per capita 12-month income between 2012 and 2016 averaged $44,548 in Nassau County and $38,779 in Suffolk County.