Dream Careers
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Sagehens at Work
Check out the videos about the thriving careers of six Pomona graduates, from across the nation, who are working to make a difference in a variety of fields.
Alumni Career Stories
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Q&As with Young Alumni
Recent graduates reveal how a Pomona College education helped prepare them to enter the workforce and where they see themselves in five years.
Sample Career Paths by Major
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Sample Career Paths
There is no one path for a Pomona student in any major, but here is a sampling of some of the careers our alumni are engaged in, as well as specific companies that senior students self-reported they would be entering upon graduation.

The best evidence of the soundness of Pomona’s educational philosophy is the success of its graduates. Pomona alumni have served in positions of leadership in practically every field of human endeavor – from medicine, public policy, and the arts to scientific research, journalism, business, and the law, as well as almost every field of academic research and teaching.

In preparing and planning for their life after Pomona, students can lean on faculty mentors, a pool of successful alumni and a talented Career Development Office staff who are committed to their success.

Class of 2018 Plans

This is a snapshot of the Class of 2018's career and postgraduate plans. Information is based on a voluntary survey conducted by the Career Development Office.

Plans After Graduation

57%

Accepted a job or internship offer

16%

Accepted a graduate school offer

6%

Accepted a fellowship or graduate school fellowship

3%

Accepted a service opportunity

2%

Other

15%

Unknown

Top Six Industry Destinations

18%

Technology

18%

Education

9%

Healthcare

8%

Financial services

8%

Nonprofit

6%

Management Consulting

Alumni Outcomes

Top Industries for Alumni

1

Higher Education

2

Computer Software

3

Research

4

Hospital and Health Care

5

Non-Profit Organization Management

The Office of Institutional Research gathers data through surveys that helps inform the mission of Pomona College, including information about recent graduates and alumni who are five and 10 years out. 

According to a recent survey of alumni, 81 percent of alumni were either pursuing or had completed an advanced degree within 10 years of graduating Pomona. While many work or pursue other opportunities before entering graduate or a professional degree program, many head straight there after graduation.

For the Class of 2018, some of the graduate/professional school destinations included: Stanford University, Harvard University, Brown University, UCLA, Yale University, University of Arizona and many others.

To further explore Pomona College through data, please visit our Information Center.

Schatz is a U.S. Senator (D-Hawaii) who majored in philosophy at Pomona.

Portrait of Sana Kadri with turmeric drink and Diaspora product. Photo by Aubrie Pick

Kadri majored in art at Pomona College and is the founder of Diaspora Co.

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Producer of The Martian, Deadpool and Deadpool 2, Sood majored in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE).

Jennifer Doudna in Lab

Pioneering biochemist and UC Berkeley professor, Doudna majored in chemistry at Pomona College.