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Release: Feb. 17, 2000

UI Educational Placement Office helps 96 percent of applicants find jobs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 96 percent of the students completing teacher preparation programs and who registered with the University of Iowa's Educational Placement Office in 1999 found employment, most in teaching and related occupations.

Among the newly licensed teachers, 86 percent accepted classroom teaching positions, 4 percent reported employment related to their degree, 6 percent found other work, 2 percent were in graduate school and 2 percent were still seeking employment, according to the results of a survey released this semester by the Educational Placement Office.

Of the 86 percent of graduates who accepted teaching positions, 70 percent reported full-time classroom appointments, 4 percent were employed in part-time teaching jobs, and 12 percent reported working as paraprofessionals or substitutes.

Of the UI teaching graduates who accepted full-time teaching positions, 46 percent remained in Iowa, 32 percent moved to neighboring states, and the remaining 22 percent relocated to other states. As a group, 1999 teaching graduates accepted jobs in 27 states.

The survey also found that new teachers with bachelor's degrees reported an average salary of $26,564.

The Educational Placement Office provides services to UI students and alumni seeking teaching, research, administrative or related employment at any academic level. Students from each division in the College of Education, as well as from 36 departments, schools and colleges throughout the university registered in 1999.