What is the current job market outlook for college graduates? Has it changed in the past year?

District Voices

Published July 1, 2001  | July 2001 issue

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Recruiters usually come early in the fall to identify candidates and make job offers ... but [this year] it's almost as if someone turned out a light switch. About 70 percent of computer science students have jobs before graduating. The market is still strong, but cautious. We still receive the same number of job postings, but companies do not react as fast.
Sharon Kurtt, Director of IT Career Services
University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, Minn

The job market is as strong this year as last year, even with the economic downturn, especially for graduates in business and science. The highest number of retirees in the next three to five years will be in education and the market will have a complete turnaround. Right now, the most openings for teachers are in elementary education and secondary science.
Patti Fenner-Leino, Director of Counseling and Career Services
Northland College—Ashland, Wis.

We're finding from dealing with our business community that it's softening somewhat-softer than the past three to four years. Graduates are still being employed but not with the regularity of the past. They can't be as selective. We believe it's going to be a short-term proposition. Demographics are in our favor.
Jim Bennie, Executive Director of Business and
Workforce Development
Michigan Technical Education Center
Bay de Noc Community College—Escanaba, Mich

Since about 65 percent of our graduates stay in Sioux Falls, they don't have trouble finding entry-level jobs, since the economy here is stable. The outlook for graduates is still very strong, as it was last year. But due to companies downsizing, some of our alumni are coming back asking for job placement assistance. This has minimal effect on our current graduates.
Mark Patterson, Director of Career Services
University of Sioux Falls—Sioux Falls, S.D.

All of the 58 graduates who want jobs have them. The majority of students have three offers, a few had eight. Pharmacy is wide open right now. The market is about the same as last year. What's more amazing is the salaries they're receiving. Most students go into retail for companies like Wal-Mart because there is more money in retail compared to hospitals, but they are catching up.
Agnes Harrington, Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Pharmacy School, North Dakota State University—Fargo, N.D.

In town, we find that our students find jobs easily with psychology degrees. There are a lot of social service jobs. About 90 percent of our graduates seem to find jobs. The market is about the same as last year, but the pay has gone up for entry-level positions because of turnover. Doxey Hatch, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
Montana State University—Billings, Mont.