CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 2, 1999
UI Educational Placement Office helps 91 percent of applicants find
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
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
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."