Office of Public Affairs
(315) 312-2265
Dec. 12, 2001
CONTACT: Robert Casper, 312-2255
OSWEGO -- Results of the SUNY Oswego Career Services Office survey of the class of 2000 abound with signs of a strong job market: higher salaries, higher employment rate and jobs searches concluded closer to home.
"This was probably the peak job market for college students," said Robert Casper, director of career services.
He added, however, that students graduating now and in the spring will face a whole new set of circumstances. "This class will need some help," he said.
Salaries for class of 2000 graduates averaged about $30,000 for the first time. The most successful graduates of all as a group were those who studied computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences. "Computer science is off the charts compared to all other majors," Casper noted, with an average of $48,750.
In the professional schools, finance majors earned the most in the School of Business, with an average of $36,574, while secondary education-Spanish majors topped the salary charts in the School of Education, averaging $35,587. All majors in education exceeded $30,000 for an average starting salary, giving the School of Education the highest average among the three academic divisions.
Among disciplines yielding lower-paying first jobs in 2000 were management science, human development and psychology.
The highest individual salaries reported in the survey went to a business administration major working in insurance in Syracuse and a marketing major in sales in New York City (both earning $70,000), a graphic design major employed as a Web designer in New York City, an English major in manufacturing in East Syracuse, a business administration major in sales in New York City, and an industrial training and development major employed in Oswego County (all $65,000).
The Career Services Office sent surveys to 1,430 members of the class of 2000 and received a 70 percent response. Of those who replied, 79 percent were employed full time and 12 percent were in graduate school.
"Students in the newer majors, such as public relations and journalism, are doing very well in finding jobs in their field," Casper noted.
The survey showed more students staying in New York state after graduation. In 2000, 91 percent of education graduates, for instance, found their first jobs after college in state, whereas in 1998 only 78 percent stayed on New York to work, Casper said.
The largest percentage of graduates in all majors, 39 percent, found jobs in Central New York.
The 12 percent of graduates who chose to pursue their studies beyond the bachelor's degree attended such graduate schools as Duke, Hofstra and Syracuse universities; many SUNY institutions; Albany and Vermont law schools; and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The complete survey report, "Beyond Oswego," may be downloaded from the Career Services Web site:
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