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Graduate Employment Survey

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey to determine the employment rate, salaries and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. The survey is conducted between February and April with the most recent class of SAIT grads.

The survey results are shared internally as one method to ensure our programs are relevant to industry and our grads are finding success.

We also share the results externally to help our prospective students make informed decisions about their career paths.

Institutional Results

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey to determine the employment rate, salaries and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. The survey is conducted between February and April with the most recent class of SAIT grads.

The data below is employment and salary information about All SAIT graduates.

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Number of Graduates Number Responding In Labour Force Employment Rate Total Employed Employed - Training Related Employed - Non-Training Related Not Employed and Seeking Employment Not Seeking Employment Persuing Education Salary Mean/$Annual Salary Median/$Annual Salary Minimum/$Annual Salary Maximum/$Annual
Overall 4,767 3,121 3,003 87% 2,619 1,806 813 384 118 620 $49.932 $45,000 $15,142 $331,500
School of Business 889 554 531 89% 472 337 135 59 23 202 $46,877 $42,000 $16,900 $150,000
School of Construction 627 422 409 86% 353 247 106 56 13 55 $53,841 $50,000 $18,000 $300,000
MacPhail Schol of Energy 834 536 508 81% 410 190 220 98 28 138 $68,510 $60,000 $19,200 $331,500
School of Health & Public Safety 767 529 520 92% 480 406 74 40 9 56 $50,110 $46,925 $15,600 $140,400
School of Hospitality & Tourism 352 206 202 98% 197 168 29 5 4 26 $33,084 $31,200 $15,142 $78,000
School of Information & Communications & Technologies 668 462 443 84% 373 273 100 70 19 73 $46,990 $43,000 $19,200 $120,000
School of Manufacturing & Automation 388 239 218 83% 181 84 97 37 21 55 $56,162 $47,840 $20,000 $196,560
School of Transportation 242 173 172 89% 153 101 52 19 1 15 $39,531 $37,438 $16,000 $105,000



To determine the extent to which graduates from SAIT programs find employment, the type of employment and the level of starting salaries.


A survey of 2015/16 graduates was conducted between February 1 and April 25, 2017. Information was obtained from 3,121 credit program graduates (out of 4,767 credit graduate records), constituting a 65% response rate. In addition, the survey was conducted with 232 pre-employment graduates (out of 390 pre-employment graduate records), resulting in a 59% response rate.


A list of 2015/16 graduates from SAIT programs was generated from Banner. Besides the graduate's name, information on program finished, contact telephone number and email address was provided. Overall, the database included records on 5,157 graduates.


To compile the 2016 employment statistics, SAIT retained the services of NRG Research Group, an independent market research company. The survey was conducted by using a multimode data collection methodology - telephone and online. Results were collected only online for the first two weeks of the study and then telephone surveying was used for those who had yet to respond. The two modes were conducted simultaneously for the remainder of the study, with over one-half (52%) being collected by phone and the remaining 48% collected online.

The margin of error overall is equal to ± 1.00 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, finite population correction factor applied. Telephone directories, internet searches, directory assistance and Facebook profiles were used to locate contact, where needed. A minimum of 10 telephone attempts were used to make an initial contact with the graduate and eight email reminders were sent during the course of the study.


The data were input into a database and analyzed. Survey results of those who responded to the survey were subsequently extrapolated to the entire population of graduates/completers. Caution should be used when examining results by programs with fewer than 30 graduates. With smaller base sizes, the percentages may offer a distorted picture when one respondent represents more than 3% of the total respondent base.

Definitions used:

In Labour Force - graduates who are employed or unemployed but looking for work.

Employed - graduates employed at the time of the survey, or had been employed prior to the survey for three or more months.

Employment rate - the number of employed graduates as a percentage of all those graduates that responded to the survey and were in labour force

Full-time employment - 30 or more hours of work per week

Permanent employment - the number of graduates employed in permanent jobs

Annualized salary - graduates were given a choice to provide salary information in a form of annual or monthly income, daily or weekly earnings or hourly wages. If the student provided this info in a unit other than the annual salary, the following calculations were used to derive respondents' annualized salaries in full-time jobs:

  • Hourly wage X (hours worked per week) X 52
  • Daily wage X 5 (days a week) X 52
  • Weekly salary X 52
  • Bi-weekly salary X 26
  • Monthly salary X 12

Note: All salaries above $100,000 per year and below $10,000 per year were verified with the respondent.

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