Computational biologist Keith Allen ’83 volunteered his expertise to crunch a database of approximately 16,412 living Reed alumni seeking to trace the connection between their major and their occupation (see larger).
What do you do with a degree from Reed? That question has vexed generations of graduates as they head off to the job market with the ink on their parchment still wet.
Naturally, the possibilities are limitless—but now, for the first time, we can offer some statistical insight based on the experience of Reed alumni.
Computational biologist Keith Allen ’83 volunteered his expertise to crunch a database of approximately 16,412 living Reed alumni seeking to trace the connection between their major and their occupation.
To simplify matters, Keith grouped majors and careers into broad categories. (We suspect French majors and German majors will not appreciate being ganged together, but what can we say? Welcome to statistics!)
He then created this stunning visualization that shows where alumni of various majors have taken their careers.
Keith has also produced charts for individual majors (we’ve included the one for language majors here). For more charts, greater levels of granularity, and more discussion, visit our website.
Special thanks to Greg Byshenk ’89 for data wrangling.
Amer: American Studies
Art: Studio Art and Art History
Bio: Biology and combined majors with Biology
Chem: Chemistry, Chemistry/Physics
Econ: Economics and combined majors with Economics
Hist: History, History/Literature
Intl: International Studies
Lang: Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Linguistics
Lit: Literature, Classics
MA: Master of Arts
Math: Mathematics (including Math/Physics)
Other: Interdiciplinary and short lived majors
Phil: Philosophy and combined majors with Philosophy
PoliSci: Political Science
Thea: Theatre and Theatre/Dance
ARTS: Arts and Design
EDK: Education: K-12
EDU: Education: College/University
FBV: Food Services
FIN: Banking, Financial Services, Insurance
GVF: Federal and International Governments
GVL: State and Local Government
IT: Information Technology
IND: General Business and Industry
LAW: Law and Judicial System
MED: Health Professions and Administration
NGO: Non-Profits and NGOs
PRA: Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising
PUB: Journalism, Communications, Media, Publishing, and Entertainment
RED: Real Estate Development and Management
SOC: Social Work and Social Services
UTL: Energy, Utilities, and Infrastructure