Rose Leadem, writing for Entrepreneur, covered where employees of the top tech companies went to college.
Paysa, a career news and insights website, completed an analysis of more than 286,000 resumes belonging to those who work at top companies in the tech sector, including Google and Facebook. The resumes were collected by Paysa from individuals who had used its services.
The colleges and universities most represented on the resumes include:
- University of Washington
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Stanford University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Southern California
- San Jose University
- University of Michigan
- The University of Texas at Austin
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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These universities each had between 18,000 and 3,593 graduates employed at top tech companies.
The location of some universities on the list put students at those institutions who are interested in the tech sector at an advantage, Leadem writes. For example, 6.5% of Microsoft employees attended the University of Washington—both of the organizations are based in Seattle, she points out. Similarly, 16.1% of Snap Inc. employees and 5.4% of Google employees are graduates of Stanford.
The analysis by Paysa also demonstrated the value tech companies place on college-educated employees, dispelling the notion of the archetypal college-dropout-turns-millionaire narrative to which some students are exposed. As it turns out, a separate study of 1.6 million software developer job announcements revealed that 98% required a bachelor's or advanced degree (Leadem, Entrepreneur, 6/20).
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