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Graduate Employment Survey

SAIT’s primary goal is to equip students with essential skills for career success in industry with an applied education and work-integrated learning. And each year, we conduct a SAIT-wide survey to determine the employment rate, salaries and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. The survey is conducted annually with the most recent class of SAIT grads.

We conduct this survey to ensure our programs are relevant to industry and our grads are finding success. We also want to help prospective students make informed decisions about their career paths.



Just like the rest of the world, our 2020 graduates were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and some of our 2019/20 survey results weren't’t in line with the consistent numbers seen in previous years. To better reflect what you can expect from a SAIT education, below you’ll find detailed employment and salary information from the 2018/19 academic year.

Statistics on work and salary of those who have completed education at SAIT

Institutional results detailed

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 Pursuing Education Salary Mean/$Annual Salary Median/$Annual Salary Minimum/$Annual Salary Maximum/$Annual
Overall 4,344 2,979 2,874 91% 2,606 2,082 524 268 105 509 $52,113 $48,000 $20,000 $240,000
School of Business 1,037 655 636 91% 580 440 140 56 29 211 $48,733 $45,000 $20,000 $240,000
School of Construction 499 353 342 87% 299 230 69 43 11 40 $55,026 $50,000 $20,800 $136,000
MacPhail School of Energy 538 353 323 84% 271 205 66 52 30 66 $68,065 $60,000 $25,480 $255,000
School of Health & Public Safety 809 582 562 94% 529 456 73 33 20 79 $53,724 $50,000 $22,100 $130,000
School of Hospitality & Tourism 372 256 253 96% 244 224 20 9 3 24 $36,065 $35,000 $20,000 $74,000
School of Information & Communications Technologies 628 451 446 90% 403 316 87 43 5 47 $50,225 $48,250 $20,800 $174,720
School of Manufacturing & Automation 228 166 161 83% 133 90 43 28 5 32 $55,084 $53,000 $25,000 $96,000
School of Transportation 223 153 151 97% 147 121 26 4 2 10 $45,188 $44,300 $20,000 $136,000

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Graduate Employment Survey methodology


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 2018/19 graduates was conducted between January 27 and May 4, 2020. Information was obtained from 2,979 credit program graduates (out of 4,344 credit graduate records), constituting a 69% response rate. In addition, the survey was conducted with 246 pre-employment graduates (out of 382 pre-employment graduate records), resulting in a 64% response rate.


A list of 2018/19 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 4,726 graduates.


To compile the 2019 employment statistics, SAIT retained the services of NRG Research Group, an independent market research company. Academic Chairs notified graduates to expect the survey one week prior to the survey launch. 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 45% being collected by phone and the remaining 55% being collected online. 

The margin of error overall is equal to ± 0.97 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, finite population correction factor applied. A total of 40,269 calls were made to contact graduated students with an average of 8.6 calls. The maximum number of initial call attempts was 45, with the number increasing to 49 if the respondent asked for a call-back. Additionally, twelve 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 the 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 $15,000 per year were double-verified with the respondent.

Note: Training-related salaries are not reported for programs with five or fewer responses

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