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Exploring Penn State’s LinkedIn Profile

The Penn State Alumni Association likes to tout that one in every 117 Americans holds a degree from Penn State. Well, with more than 95,000 people currently enrolled in the Penn State system at any given time, it’s easy to see credence in the statistic.

LinkedIn, the popular career social media website that features company and individual profiles, now offers in-depth analyses of universities from all over the country. The site tracks what schools companies hire from, what fields of work they may be in, and what regions of the country they are currently working in.

According to the site, there are 275,519 Penn State graduates with a registered LinkedIn profile, which is staggeringly more than 40 percent of Penn State’s 631,000 living alumni. Looking at the university’s profile from a comprehensive perspective, graduates have landed jobs in operations, sales, engineering, education, and information technology. From a more narrow standpoint, IBM has hired 955 Penn State graduates, the most of any employer. Behind IBM, other prestigious companies such as Lockheed Martin, Merck, and Deloitte have all been generous to alumni. According to the site’s own rankings, Penn State is No. 17 for marketers, and No. 23 for both designers and media professionals.

Penn State’s profile also lists the areas of study most popular among graduates and students with a registered LinkedIn profile. In Penn State’s case, more than 50,000 graduates have earned a degree or are still working toward one in the fields of management, marketing, or other related support services. Unsurprising to most, engineering was the second-most popular study of choice, with 32,304 people including that in their profile. Not far behind were areas of study such as business administration, social sciences, and finance.

The profile also exemplifies the specific regions where graduates are currently working. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the majority have found work in Pennsylvania. Close to 50,000 graduates work in the greater Philadelphia region, whereas more than 20,000 work in the greater Pittsburgh region. With 26,588 graduates working in the greater New York area, this number represents a significant amount of graduates living outside of Pennsylvania. State College itself boasts over 18,000 residing graduates, which falls in line with the concern of brain drain from the university.

Along with its extensive alumni networking, Penn State prides itself on its connections with more than 1,000 corporations listed on LinkedIn as having hired a graduate. In a tough job market, students may feel uneasy about their plans for the future — but rest assured seeing so many graduates working at prestigious companies across the country and world.

You can explore Penn State’s LinkedIn profile here.

About the Author

Jon Deasy

is a senior majoring in criminology from the Steel City. You can find him at the Rathskeller on a Saturday or in the library at four in the morning. He plans to attend law school in the future and enjoys writing about college kids committing the most comical crimes in State College. When he’s not busy, he’s aimlessly staring at his Twitter, @jon_deasy. You can reach him via email at [email protected]


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