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8. Careers

Work-Study program

Various universities offer opportunities of work & study programs to students. Work and study programs provide jobs to students with financial needs, enabling them to pay for their educational expenses. For some of these jobs students also receive tuition waivers. Students may work part time as teaching or research assistants in the university libraries, laboratories, and administrative offices. International students possessing a valid J-1/F-1 visa are eligible for such jobs however they’re allowed to work for only 20 hours per week. Students can work for more than 20 hours a week during summers when they are not enrolled in any classes. To get paid for work, students must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN). New students may work on campus up to 30 days before classes begin in the fall. However, students are not permitted to be engaged in on-campus jobs after graduation.


While working on-campus, you would also be required to pay taxes to the US government on your earnings. The tax amount would be in accordance with the US tax laws, and may automatically be deducted from your pay by your university.  


Please note that international students are strictly prohibited from working outside of campus. Off campus jobs are categorized as jobs which are not affiliated with your university in any way. It is illegal for students on J-1/F-1 visa to undertake a job outside of campus despite their financial constraints. However, some students still pursue the risk of working off campus to support themselves even though they earn low income per hour. Scholar Den does not recommend doing so, our philosophy is to always remain under the rule of law and to avoid risky maneuvers.

Career after Graduation:

One of the most pressing concerns the students have is the prospect of finding a decent job after college. There are thousands of companies that hire international students in US. You can conveniently find a full-time job if you follow an effective strategy.


Apart from your university majors and field of interest, location is also an important factor in finding a job. Bay area is a better place for Computer Science majors as the density of software companies is high, for art major Los Angeles is well suited and likewise. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are keen graduate employers, especially in the IT and technology sectors. The world-famous Silicon Valley in California is home to hundreds of IT and technology start-ups.


Moreover, make sure you know whether your company sponsors visa for international students. Companies that can’t sponsor a visa in the long term should be strictly avoided. Your time on OPT is limited and most companies take a while before they apply for your H-1B, so choose wisely.


Below are the expected salaries for common positions and qualifications:

  • MBA

starting salaries 100,000 US $ per annum

  • PhD

100,000 US $ per annum

  • MS program

over 60,000 $ per annum

  • Business Analytics

80,000-140,000 $ per annum

  • Supply Chain Manager

Average base salary: $107,000

  • Data Scientist

Average base salary: $105,000

  • IT Manager

Average base salary: $116,000

  • Marketing Manager

Average base salary: $100,000

  • Software Engineer

Average base salary: $96,000

  • Business Development Manager

Average base salary: $95,000

  • Product Manager

Average base salary: $114,000

  • Software Architect

Average base salary: $131,000

  • Software Development Manager

Average base salary: $124,000

Note that the salary range may vary according to qualifications, years of experience, and skills.