MESA graduates are qualified for a wide range of positions in federal, state, and local government agencies; private research companies; non-profit organizations and foundations; and schools, colleges and universities.
Many of our students look for careers as researchers, data analysts, evaluators, teachers, faculty, statisticians, and psychometricians, among others. Opportunities for job placement include positions as principal investigators on research projects, policy researchers and analysts, program evaluators, measurement specialists, methodological consultants, and college and university professors.
Many MESA graduates work in schools, higher education, research institutes, consulting agencies, testing companies, government agencies, for-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations.
In PK-12 education, there are ever-increasing demands driven by the explosion of summative testing mandates, as well as by the growth in formative and benchmark testing. These demands include: writing RFPs, monitoring contractors and vendors, carrying out in-house analyses, providing technical support and training to school staff, policy formulation.
As a result of the extraordinary widespread need for researchers, evaluators, statisticians and psychometricians across the nation, many general job announcements are routinely sent to MESA for distribution to current students and alumni — far more than can be filled by people with the high quality training and skills that MESA graduates possess.
Many alumni have agreed to offer their career and job searching advice with current MESA students and other alumni. If you are interested in a specific organization, you should speak with Dr. Ludlow or Jillian Gomolka to ask if they can put you in touch with MESA alumni.
Peter Hunt, the assistant director of Career Services, and Jillian Gomolka (MESA) hosted students on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and went over networking, resumes and job search techniques specific to the MESA-related field. Students can also make individual appointments with Peter. Visit their web site for more details and resources.