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April 22, 2000
JOB OUTLOOK STRONG FOR SD TECH GRADUATES/ AVERAGE SALARY OFFER EXCEEDS $ 43,000 FOR 99- 00 GRADUATES
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) students graduating during the 1999- 2000 academic year are in demand by employers from both within and outside South Dakota. The strong job outlook is evidenced by the fact that the salary offers received to date by SDSM& T students this academic year average $ 43,000 for engineering and science degrees.
South Dakota Tech has a long tradition of strong placement rates for its students. More than 90% of last year’s SDSM& T graduates were working in their career fields within six months of graduation. The majority of SDSM& T students who graduated last December had job offers in hand by the time they graduated. The same is true for many SDSM& T students who will be graduating this May, including several who have multiple job offers from which to choose.
In addition to SDSM& T’s chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical and other engineering degrees, demand is strong in the computer engineering and computer science fields. Starting salary offers received to date by this year’s SDSM& T computer science and computer engineering graduates average over $ 47,000. This can be attributed to the boom in high- tech fields across the country. Job opportunities also have increased in South Dakota for SDSM& T graduates with computer degrees. Rapid City alone has witnessed an increase in high- tech companies coupled with an increased job opportunities for Tech graduates thanks to such companies as Comuniq, Inc., and Martin & Associates. Comuniq recently expanded its research and development operations in Rapid City and reports 17 out of 21 employees are graduates of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Martin & Associates, which has facilities in both Mitchell and Rapid City, employs 12 SDSM& T graduates out of its 18 full- time employees in Rapid City.
In response to the high- tech craze across the nation, SD Tech will begin offering two new emphases in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies in the fall 2000. Network Administration and Information Technology/ E- Commerce will provide instruction in the latest technologies for a broad- based audience. Students who take these emphases would be able to function as a network administrator or in the world of e- commerce as a career or as a complement to another discipline.
As the result of a strong economy, graduates at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are able to find a good job, and at an increased starting salary rate. The university is meeting the demands of industry and preparing top- notch graduates, while continually updating and improving their existing curriculum.
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