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Release: March 2, 1999

UI Educational Placement Office helps 91 percent of applicants find jobs

IOWA CITY, Iowa ­ Some 91 percent of the 1,521 students and alumni who registered with the University of Iowa's Educational Placement Office in 1998 found employment, most in teaching and related occupations.

Another 5 percent of the registrants continued their education, 2 percent were still seeking employment and the remaining 2 percent were not seeking employment, according to the results of a follow-up survey released recently by the Educational Placement Office.

Among newly licensed teachers (graduates who completed licensure/certification degrees or programs), 89 percent found full-time teaching jobs or related employment, 4 percent found other work, 4 percent were in graduate school, 2 percent were still seeking a position and 1 percent were not seeking employment.

The survey also found that new teachers with bachelor's degrees reported an average salary of $25,957, with a range of $19,000 to $35,000. College faculty salaries ranged from $19,000 to $65,000.

The figures are for students who registered during the 1998 academic year, which ran from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.

The Educational Placement Office provides services to UI students and alumni seeking teaching, research, administrative or related employment at any academic level. Students come from each division in the College of Education, as well as from 37 departments, schools and colleges throughout the University of Iowa.

"The year has been one of great opportunity and also one of many changes," said Rebecca Anthony, director of the Educational Placement Office. "The marketplace is changing. Graduates interested in elementary and secondary teaching positions began experiencing wide-scale employment opportunities."

Of the UI teaching graduates who accepted full-time teaching positions in K-12, 36 percent remained in Iowa, 41 percent went to neighboring states, 10 percent went to the Sunbelt and 13 percent found positions in other states. As a group, 1998 UI teaching graduates accepted jobs in 20 states and four foreign countries.

"Technology is fundamentally changing the way we do business. New marketplace technologies -- including on-line applications, electronic portfolios, institutional web sites, virtual campus tours and web-based job bulletins -- allow job seekers to explore career opportunities nationwide and internationally," Anthony said. "Our web-based services are especially important as we work with graduates seeking and accepting employment in all corners of the world."