Graduate Degree Outcomes

Our graduates are prepared to work and communicate with people with all kinds of backgrounds and have the confidence and leadership skills to succeed and make a difference in society. Dartmouth engineers go out into the world and identify problems that need solving. In fact, rather than look for a position to fill, our graduates often create their own jobs, and new jobs for others.

Quick Facts



Average starting salary for 2020 Dartmouth engineering PhD graduates going into industry.



Over 90% of students seeking employment find full-time positions within 6 months of graduation.



Our network of over 5,000 alumni spans the globe and includes some of the best-known organizations in the world.

Career Paths & Resources

Preparation for Anything

With a foundation of communications, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, Dartmouth engineers are prepared for a wide array of careers and leadership positions.

Some graduates work as professional engineers, while others become:

  • research scientists
  • entrepreneurs
  • business leaders
  • inventors
  • architects
  • scholars
  • professors
  • physicians
  • attorneys
  • venture capitalists . . . to name a few.
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Support Network

A dedicated engineering Career Services offers information on jobs, industries, and employers. We’ll help you secure the career you want.

And you’ll be connected to alumni who work at some of the best-known organizations in the world. Many graduates have started their own successful companies. They are a reminder that Dartmouth is more than a school. It’s a community.

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Endless Possibilities

Here are just a few of the companies that recently hired Dartmouth engineers:

  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • Google
  • Lyft
  • Microsoft
  • Raytheon
  • SpaceX
  • Tesla
  • Uber
  • Wayfair

Alumni Portrait

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Jian Lu Th’93

Jian Lu earned his PhD at Thayer and is now president of LinkedIn China—after playing a key role at Apple Inc. on the team that developed QuickTime streaming. Jian credits Thayer's borderless approach to engineering with preparing him for multiple research and career transitions. MORE

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