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Class of 2011 at 90 Percent Placement
May 31, 2011
While job prospects may be less than promising on a national
scale for 2011 college graduates, things are once again looking
bright for jobseekers at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Ninety percent of the Class of 2011 already had its
post-graduate destinations after gaining full-time employment
positions, planning to attend graduate school or earning military
commissions. They began their career options after receiving
their diplomas on May 28.
This year's job placement percentage is slightly higher than a
year ago, according to Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services
and employer relations.
And, the job placement rate is expected to increase to 98
percent by November, when national reports for the 2010-11 job
recruiting are filed.
"Our office will continue to work diligently with students in
the remaining 10 percent to help them fulfill their career
aspirations," Hewerdine said.
The preliminary national employment average for 2011 graduating
college seniors is approximately 30 percent.
The average accepted salary for this year's Rose-Hulman
graduates is $62,629, with a high salary of $96,000 and a median
salary of $61,019, according to Hewerdine. That's an increase
from last year's $60,146 accepted average, $88,000 high offer and
$59,000 median salary.
Engineering and computer science are career fields in great
demand by companies throughout the country. That fact brought
a 15 percent increase in recruitment activities in Rose-Hulman's
Office of Career Services. A total of 1,864 interviews were
conducted on campus, 266 companies recruited on campus, and 543
companies posted jobs and requested resumes from Rose-Hulman
students. The college hosts three career fairs and conducts
workshops to help students take advantage of networking
opportunities to gain job prospects.
Majors with the highest placement rate this year at Rose-Hulman
are computer science, software engineering, electrical engineering,
computer engineering, applied biology and physics, followed closely
by mechanical engineering.