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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 9, 2005

Survey Finds UI Engineering Graduates In Demand

A recent study by the University of Iowa College of Engineering Career Services and Co-Op & Internship Program found that 93 percent of May 2004 UI engineering graduates surveyed had either found employment, enrolled in graduate and professional schools or were pursuing other interests after just three months. In addition, about one-half of those employed had found jobs with Iowa-based companies.

Taken together, the numbers indicate that UI placement officials are helping to provide Iowa employers with highly skilled Iowa graduates.

The placement survey, in which 69 percent of May 2004 graduates responded, marks the first time the UI College of Engineering has conducted a three-month snapshot of one of its graduating classes; previous surveys were conducted over shorter time periods. Among all survey respondents, 47 percent indicated they had found employment; 43 percent had enrolled in graduate and professional schools; seven percent were continuing to seek work; and three percent were pursuing other interests.

Additionally, the survey found an average salary of $45,674 for all survey respondents who had found employment and an average of $43,970 for those finding employment in Iowa. Also, college administrators noted that the high placement figures may have been aided by the increased interest shown by students and employers in the annual fall college career fair. From 2003 to 2004, the number of companies exhibiting rose from 41 to 58 and the number of students attending increased from 319 to 510.

Administrators say they plan to survey May 2005 graduates and compare the results with the 2004 data.

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