Placement Survey

Section Definition

The Placement Survey tracks what graduates are doing upon completion of their degree. The Placement Survey should be completed for all programs where degrees awarded have been counted. The total number of students that are reported for the Placement Survey should be the same as the total number of students who were awarded Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctoral degrees. There are two Placement Surveys. You can choose which of the two surveys to complete. The two Placement Surveys are by:

  1. Placement Sector
  2. Occupational Groups

Required Placement Variable Definitions

Gender and ethnicity are not counted in the Placement Survey. For the first survey option, Placement Sector, the categories for sectors are:

  1. Government – Jobs that are for the local, state, or federal government.
  2. Education – Jobs in the education field, regardless of what level.
  3. Private – Jobs in the private sector.
  4. Other Employment – use this for jobs not classified above, such as non-profits.
  5. Graduate Study – Graduates pursuing advanced/additional study in higher education
  6. Foreign – Non-U.S. citizens who will return to their own country after graduation.
  7. Not Placed – Graduates still seeking or not seeking employment.
  8. No Info – Graduate did not respond, no information available.

The second survey option, Occupational Group, is the more detailed option of the two forms and it is intended for institutions that have placement surveys with the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics categories in their response. The survey screen will have two forms. Headcounts should be entered in the upper form if the employment is in the Government, Education, or Private. If it is not one of those, then it should be entered into the correct category in the lower form. The FAEIS Placement by Occupational Group survey includes the following BLS categories:

  • 11-0000 Management Occupations.
  • 13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations.
  • 15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations.
  • 17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations.
  • 19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations.
  • 21-0000 Community and Social Services Occupations.
  • 23-0000 Legal Occupations.
  • 25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations.
  • 27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations.
  • 29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations.
  • 31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations.
  • 33-0000 Protective Service Occupations.
  • 35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations.
  • 37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations.
  • 39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations.
  • 41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations.
  • 43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations.
  • 45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations.
  • 47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations.
  • 49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations.
  • 51-0000 Production Occupations.
  • 53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations.
  • 55-0000 Military Specific Occupations.

Below are images of what each placement survey looks like:

Option 1: Placement by Sector

Screenshot of the placement by sector form showing a table with column headings for university level and row headings for placement area.

Option 2: Placement by Occupational Groups

Screenshot of the occupational placement form showing a table with column headings for university level and row headings for occupational group.
Screenshot of the other placement form showing a table with column headings for university level and row headings for non-occupational cluster.

The survey can be completed one of three ways: through the online interface, completing an excel workbook, or submitting a data file. If completing the placement survey online, the dashboard allows you to choose which of the two placement forms you will complete under step 3. The default form is Placement by Sector. If you’d prefer to fill the Placement Survey out in Excel Workbook, please email the FAEIS HelpDesk at

Student Survey Information

Faculty Survey Information