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Volume 68, Issue 11, Tuesday, September 10, 2002


UH grads paid more than most

By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar

A report on average salary offers to college graduates contains few surprises: Engineering and business majors make more money than most other disciplines, and salary offers are generally down because of the weak economy and tough job market.

UH students have reason to be optimistic, though UH graduates received offers that were higher than the national averages in 10 of the 14 major disciplines surveyed. 

The report, issued by University Career Services, used information provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and contained data from 164 colleges, universities and trade schools from across the nation, including information garnered from UH graduates who filled out the Career Status Survey.

UH reported 130 job offers from students who responded to a Career Status Survey. Nationally, 12,001 job offers were reported by the NACE. The average number of offers reported per institution was 73.2.

The disciplines in which UH students received higher salary offers included accounting, management information systems and chemical engineering.

In the other four major disciplines, including education and communication, UH was only slightly below the national average, according to David B. Small, UH assistant vice president for student services.

"Salary offers (for UH graduates) compare very well to the national averages, in that they don't vary much either up or down," Small said. "Many of our students have internships, and they bring a lot of experience to jobs, resulting in higher salary offers for many graduates."

Chemical engineers at UH received average offers of $55,474, compared to the average of $51,417.

"The economy's struggles have resulted in a lower number of jobs and in lower salaries," Small said.

Some disciplines were hit particularly hard by the economy's struggles. Nationwide, journalism graduates were offered an average salary of $27,384, compared to $30,085 this time last year. The social sciences were also hit hard, as job offers for foreign language, English, political science and psychology majors were down by 10 percent or more.

UCS offers programs to help students succeed in the job market, including resume-writing workshops, mock interviews and help in finding jobs.

"It's going to be another competitive year," Small said.

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