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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2003
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Darrell Sawyer, Director, Career Planning and Placement, 394-2667
Tech Grads Average Starting Pay Of More Than $47,000
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students who graduated during the 2002-2003 school year averaged starting salary offers of more than $47,000, a 2.7 percent increase from the previous school year. Tech’s Career Planning and Placement Office compiled the data through surveys of 272 bachelor’s degree recipients.
“Despite a tight job market, Tech graduates are finding excellent work in their fields,” Darrell Sawyer, Tech’s director of Career Planning and Placement, said. “That shows that employers are looking for students with the kinds of skills Tech graduates have.”
Tech offers 16 undergraduate degrees in engineering, science and interdisciplinary studies. All undergraduate programs emphasize advanced science and math, and all combine classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory work. In addition, 75 percent of Tech graduates have relevant work experience through co-ops and internships. That increases their marketability to employers.
“That combination sets up our graduates for success,” Sawyer said. “They leave Tech with the theoretical and practical knowledge and the experience they need.”
Computer Engineering graduates top the salary list with an average salary of $53,151. See a full breakdown of starting salary offers on the next page.
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Major Avg. 2002-2003 Salary Offer
Chemical Engineering $51,658
Civil Engineering $41,377
Computer Engineering $53,151
Computer Science $44,667
Electrical Engineering $50,671
Environmental Engineering $43,125
Geological Engineering $43,333
Industrial Engineering $46,882
Interdisciplinary Sciences $40,125
Mechanical Engineering $45,987
Metallurgical Engineering $46,000
Mining Engineering $48,648
All Engineering $47,791
All Science $43,500
Avg. Overall $47,385
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