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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 18, 2003

In 2003 More Than Half Of New Teachers Remained In Iowa

Slightly more than half of new teachers who graduated from the University of Iowa College of Education in 2003 found employment in Iowa, while more than 80 percent of students who obtained master's degrees in education remained in the state.

The latest data from the college's Education Placement Office, which covers the period July 2002 through May 2003, shows that 50.8 percent of students who obtained undergraduate degrees obtained positions in Iowa. Moreover, nearly all of those positions are in teaching or other occupations related to their educational preparation (based on responses from 406 of the 410 students who graduated with a teaching license).

The report shows that a third of the new teachers found positions in neighboring states, with the remaining teachers finding positions elsewhere in the country or -- in a few cases -- outside the United States.

Of the new teachers who took jobs outside of Iowa, 24 percent indicated that they would have stayed in Iowa if appropriate opportunities had been available and nearly half said they would consider returning to Iowa if such opportunities become available in the future.

When asked to identify the primary influences in their employment decisions, new teachers cited location, good professional fit and acceptance of first offer. Also listed among the top influences for employment decisions were working environment and quality of pre-K-12 schools.

"Our graduates are highly recruited both by Iowa and out-of-state employers," said Rebecca Anthony, director of educational placement, "UI graduates are eager to work in Iowa if employment opportunities are available."

On average, a greater percentage of students with master's degrees remained in Iowa after graduation (based on data from 154 of the 155 graduates in this category). Nearly 81 percent of new master's degree recipients reported finding employment in Iowa. As with the undergraduates, master's recipients also ranked location and good professional fit high on the list of influential decision-making factors, followed by working environment, acceptance of first offer and better salary.

Slightly more than seven percent of the master's degree recipients found work in neighboring states, while the remaining 12 percent took positions outside the region or outside the country. And as with the new teachers, more than half of the graduate-degree recipients who left Iowa indicated that they too would have remained in the state if opportunities presented themselves.

Among Ph.D. recipients, 44.2 percent remained in Iowa, 14 percent found employment in neighboring states, 23.3 percent found work in other states, and 18.6 percent were employed outside the country (based on information gleaned from 46 of the 49 Ph.D. recipients). Of those who left Iowa, 50 percent indicated they would have remained in Iowa had an appropriate opportunity been available, and 50 percent said they would consider returning.

More than 93 percent of the new doctorate recipients reported finding employment in teaching, research, administration and other occupations directly related to their educational preparation. Also, 71 percent of the new doctorates are female, surpassing the national average of 65 percent.

New doctorate recipients said the factors that most influenced their employment decisions were the opportunities for professional growth, collaboration with professional colleagues and research.

Salaries for education graduates averaged $30,061 for new teachers, $33,371 for master's graduates and $43,500 for new Ph.D. recipients.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, Writer: Ololade Coker.