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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.

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2020/21 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 5,281 2,959 2,865 91% 2,613 2,072 541 252 94 392 $54,482 $50,000 $20,800 $190,000
School of Business 1,260 651 625 92% 572 448 124 53 26 148 $51,425 $48,000 $21,600 $190,000
School of Construction 507 308 301 93% 281 233 48 20 7 27 $59,299 $56,000 $26,624 $150,000
MacPhail School of Energy 656 368 348 89% 309 213 96 39 20 33 $62,800 $60,000 $26,000 $156,000
School of Health & Public Safety 920 576 563 95% 534 474 60 29 13 75 $55,551 $50,000 $20,800 $162,000
School of Hospitality & Tourism 401 193 187 96% 179 154 25 8 6 27 $35,468 $35,000 $20,800 $58,240
School of Information & Communications Technologies 932 537 525 83% 438 326 112 87 12 41 $54,766 $50,000 $26,000 $130,720
School of Manufacturing & Automation 301 168 160 93% 148 106 42 12 8 28 $60,501 $55,000 $26,000 $171,000
School of Transportation 304 158 156 97% 152 118 34 4 2 13 $49,598 $42,000 $25,000 $156,000

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Graduate Employment Survey methodology

Purpose

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

Timing

A survey of 2020/21 graduates was conducted between February 2 and April 24, 2022. Information was obtained from 2,959 credit program graduates (out of 5,281 credit graduate records), constituting a 56% response rate. In addition, the survey was conducted with 74 pre-employment graduates (out of 144 pre-employment graduate records), resulting in a 51% response rate.

Database

A list of 2020/21 graduates from SAIT programs was generated from Banner. The graduate's name, information on program finished, contact telephone number and email address was provided. Overall, the database included records on 5,425 graduates.

Conduct

To compile the 2021 employment statistics, SAIT retained the services of Leger, an independent market research company. Academic Chairs notified graduates to expect the survey one week prior to the survey launch. The survey was conducted online and by phone. Results were collected online for the first two weeks of the study. Following this period, non-respondents were contacted via telephone to maximize the response rate. The two modes were conducted simultaneously for the remainder of the study, with 40% being collected by phone and the remaining 60% collected online.

± The margin of error overall is equal to ±1.18 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, finite population correction factor applied. A total of 69,946 contacts were made via phone call (38,403) or email (31,543) to graduated students. The maximum number of initial call attempts was 52. Additionally, nine email reminders were sent during the course of the study.

Analysis

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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