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of our graduate engineers

The 2020 jobs survey was conducted in January 2020 with 567 ENSICAEN engineers who graduated in November 2019, 2018 and 2017.

With an 82% response rate for the 2019 class, this survey is representative of the career prospects of science engineers from ENSICAEN.
Engineers who graduated in the past 3 years are surveyed once a year. The 2020 jobs survey reveals information about their employment and career development, 3 months after graduating for the 2019 class, 15 months for the 2018 class and 27 months for the 2017 class.


Three months after graduating, 95% of our engineers from the 2019 class are in work or education, with 9% completing PhD studies and 6% in further training.

Percentage of students in work or education 3 months after

Employment status of our graduate engineers in January 2020


2017 class


2018 class


2019 class

Employment status of our graduate engineers in January 2020

employment status in January 2019

by specialism

ENSICAEN engineers work in a wide variety of industries depending on their chosen studies. Industry employs 31% of our graduates, information technology companies 29% and service companies 12%.

Project manager, R&D engineer, Consultant… ENSICAEN engineers work in a range of different jobs, and they change throughout their career, with 43% of our graduates working in a role with international links.

Main business sectors of our graduate engineers


Information technology, computer engineering 57%
Consultancy firm, engineering 22%
Information technologies industry 11%
Financial institution, banking, insurance 6%
Teaching, research 4%

Electronics and applied physics

Consultancy firm, engineering 24%
Automotive, aviation, naval and rail industries 19%
Energy 15%
Teaching, research 7%
Other science and technology 35%


Automotive, aviation, naval and rail industries 40%
Energy 27%
Consultancy firm, engineering 15%
Chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics industries 14%
Teaching, research 4%

Materials and Mechanics

Automotive, aviation, naval and rail industries 42%
Metallurgy and production of metal products 21%
Consultancy firm, engineering 17%
Chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics industries 6%
Other industry 14%


Île-de-France is the main area of employment for our graduates. However the local Normandy industry remains an attractive location.


Île de France




Other region in France




first job

An increase over previous years, 87% of graduates in work found their first job within 2 months.
Companies with more than 250 employees employ 29% of young graduates, and large groups with over 5,000 employees 30%.
The most common contract is a permanent contract, at 85%.

for finding a job

Main resources for finding a job for the 2019 class

The end-of-studies placement and apprenticeships help young graduates to find a job. In fact, 47% of graduates were hired by their host company!
Professional social media and personal relationships account for 35% of the resources for finding a job.


Professional social media


Specialist website


Hired by host company (placement or apprenticeship)

CHANGES to annual salary

The salary of ENSICAEN engineers increases quickly in the first few years. After 3 years of work, the average salary increases by €6,000.

On average, expatriate engineers have a salary 40% higher than French salaries.

Changes to gross annual SALARY*


Average gross salary on hiring


Average gross salary after 3 years of work

*excluding bonuses

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