Career Data and Paths

Top Career Paths Among Graduates

St. John’s graduates hold such positions as Global Head of News at Bloomberg; Senior Staff Scientist at; Chief of Cardiology at New York Veterans Administration Medical Center; West Africa correspondent at the New York Times; Chief Academic Officer of Great Hearts Academies; CEO of Arete Wealth Management; and radio host of NPR’s “World of Opera.” Learn from our alumni how their St. John’s education prepared them for their careers.

By the Numbers


Meet the Johnnies

With great teachers like Descartes, Galileo, and Socrates at St. John’s College, students explore the greatest thinkers of all time to gain a competitive advantage in any career.


Alumni Success Career Paths Data Graph 2020
A recent survey of alumni shows the wide range of career paths followed.


Alumni Success Sectors Data Graph 2020
Johnnies enter all four of the job market's main sectors in remarkably similar numbers.


Approximately half of Johnnies are awarded St. John’s-funded internships. The offices of Career Services and Personal and Professional Development help match students to the right internship for them, made possible by significant funding from the Hodson and Ariel internship programs. Participating businesses and organizations include:

Law and Government

  • US House of Representatives
  • US State Department
  • Library of Congress
  • Foreign Policy Association
  • Hudson Institute
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • The African Union
  • Consulate General of Georgia
  • New Mexico State Legislature
  • Maryland State Legislature

Higher Education

  • Cornell University
  • Tulane University
  • UT Austin, Department of Classics
  • University of Chicago, Graham School
  • Bard College
  • Notre Dame
  • American Academy for Liberal Education
  • University of Chicago
  • University of New Mexico
  • Columbia University
  • University of California, Berkeley


  • Balbec Capital
  • Arete Wealth Management
  • Creative Conventions and Inventions
  • Azlore Capital
  • Thornburg Investment Management
  • New Mexico State Pensions Fund
  • Saturna Capital

Science and Medicine

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • NASA
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Cedars Sinai
  • University of New Mexico Medical School
  • Georgetown University Hospital
  • University of Colorado’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics
  • University of Chicago’s Institute for Mind and Biology
  • UC Berkeley Neuroscience Institute
  • USC’s Virtue Ideology & Morality Lab
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Wetlands Institute
  • Audubon Society
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
  • Historic London Towns and Gardens
  • US Naval Observatory
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Los Alamos National Labs
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
  • Albuquerque BioPark
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Arts and Media

  • NPR
  • National Geographic
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • NYU Press
  • Green Lion Press
  • University of New Mexico Press
  • Princeton University Press
  • Classical Academic Press
  • RadioFree Europe
  • Martha’s Vineyard Film Society
  • NBC Dateline
  • American Shakespeare Center
  • New York Youth Symphony
  • Travis Price Architects
  • Creative Santa Fe
  • Chatauqua Institution
  • Site Santa Fe
  • Center for Contemporary Art
  • Art School of the Berkshires

Public Policy and Social Good

  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • United Nations Development Program
  • City of Hope
  • ACLU’s National Prison Project
  • DC Public Defenders Office
  • North Star Criminal Defense
  • New Mexico Literacy Project
  • Seeds of Peace
  • Witness for Peace
  • Amnesty International
  • Heifer International

Where Do Students Work After Graduating from St. John’s?

  • Google
  • Audible
  • Botanic Technologies
  • TerrAvion
  • United States Naval Observatory
  • Los Alamos National Labs
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Santa Fe Institute
  • Arete Wealth Management
  • Balbec Capital
  • Saturna Capital
  • Thornburg Investment
  • LongView Asset Management
  • New Mexico State Pension Fund
  • MD Anderson
  • Los Angeles Children’s Hospital
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • New York Public Library
  • Site Santa Fe
  • Capitol Hill
  • United States Senate
  • United States House of Representatives
  • Maryland State House
  • New Mexico Roundhouse
  • New Mexico Department of Education
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • PBS
  • New York Times
  • NPR
  • Bloomberg News
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Fox News
  • CBS News
  • ABC News
  • The New Yorker
  • Reuters
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • HuffPost
  • National Review
  • Great Hearts Academies
  • The Key School
  • Santa Fe Prep
  • Maryland Public Schools
  • New Mexico Public Schools
  • Meow Wolf
  • Gerald Peters Galleries

Popular Jobs for St. John’s College Graduates

  • Neuroscientist
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Psychologist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Professor of History
  • Professor of Literature + Classics
  • Professor of Law
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Legislator / Politician
  • Speechwriter
  • Chief-of-Staff
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Strategist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Founder + CEO
  • Nonprofit Founder
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • School Founder
  • Principal / Headmaster
  • Educator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Fine Artist
  • Winemaker / Vintner
  • Author
  • Filmmaker / Documentarian
  • Media Producer
  • Journalist
  • Web Developer
  • Content Strategist
  • Gallery Owner / Founder
  • Museum Administrator
  • Historian
  • Scholar
  • Public Intellectual
  • Political Writer / Analyst
  • Writer + Editor
  • Communications Professional
  • Science + Technology Researcher
  • Data Researcher + Analyst
  • Computational Analyst

Advanced Degrees After St. John’s

St. John’s graduates don’t just pursue advanced degrees at high rates—they pursue them at the highest level. Recent colleges and universities where students have matriculated include:

Law and Government

  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Chicago
  • New School for Social Research
  • University of Texas

Languages and Literature

  • Cambridge
  • Oxford
  • Princeton University
  • University of Paris, The Sorbonne
  • Harvard University
  • University of London
  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • Emory University
  • University of Iowa
  • Middlebury
  • University of California, Berkeley


  • Johns Hopkins University
  • CalTech
  • MIT
  • Stanford
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic University
  • Tulane University
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • University of California, Davis
  • George Mason University
  • Brandeis University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Bryn Mawr
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cal State Polytechnic Institute

Business Administration

  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania :Wharton School of Business
  • Thunderbird: the Garvin School of Global Management
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of New Mexico: Anderson School

Theology and Philosophy

  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Notre Dame
  • Catholic University of America
  • Baylor University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Toronto
  • Boston College

Arts, Architecture and Media

  • American Film Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Southern California
  • New York University
  • Yale School of Drama
  • Julliard School of Music
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • New England Conservatory
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Ecole de Beaux-Arts
  • London International School of Performing Arts
  • Sotheby’s Institute
  • Pratt

Pathways Fellowships

Pathways Fellowships fund students who wish to take additional coursework in the summers. In recent years, that includes:


  • German, Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany
  • Hebrew, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Chinese, Princeton University, Beijing, China
  • Latin, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Japanese, Middlebury College, Vermont


  • Differential Equations, UC Berkeley, CA
  • Linear Algebra, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


  • Cognitive Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Ecology and Animal Behavior, University of Houston
  • Introduction to Modeling, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Social Science and Humanities

  • Introduction to Creative Writing, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • The British Novel from 1870, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC


  • Summer Core Art Program, Marchutz Academy, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Documentary Film Making, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Basic Woodworking, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME


  • Business Analytics, Harvard Business School
  • Financial Accounting, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania
  • Economics for Mangers, Harvard Business School

Awards and Fellowships

From the Fulbright to the Rhodes, St. John’s students are among the top recipients of awards and fellowships in the country. Past scholarships and fellowships include: