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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.