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March 2, 2004
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Tech Grads Average Starting Pay Of More Than $47,000
South Dakota Tech students who graduated during the 2002-2003 school year received average starting salary offers of more than $47,000, a 2.7 percent increase from the previous school year. In addition, more than 80 percent of those graduates are working in their career fields or are pursuing graduate or professional degrees. 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.”
Chemical Engineering graduates top the salary list with an average salary of $52,207. See a full breakdown of starting salary offers on the next page.
Major Avg. 2002-2003 Salary Offer
Chemical Engineering $52,207
Civil Engineering $41,350
Computer Engineering $51,797
Computer Science $41,474
Electrical Engineering $50,604
Environmental Engineering $43,125
Geological Engineering $40,000
Industrial Engineering $46,726
Interdisciplinary Sciences $40,125
Mechanical Engineering $45,987
Metallurgical Engineering $46,096
Mining Engineering $48,648
All Engineering $47,546
All Science $41,178
Avg. Overall $47,093
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