By Jasmine Sola
As the job market has increasingly become more difficult, a college degree no longer guarantees a job. Luckily, however, for most engineers this is not the case.
According to John Archambault, director of Engineering Career Services, 94 percent of College of Engineering graduates were placed at a job after graduation in 2011 and 2012. Archambault, who also is assistant dean for student development in the College of Engineering, says that even during the worst of the recession, the placement rate was only down to 84 percent.
This high percentage, Archambault says, demonstrates that nationally, the placement rate for engineers is generally higher than other disciplines. On average, College of Engineering graduates earned more than $60,000 for a starting salary in 2012.
The college also placed a record-setting 168 students in co-ops in spring 2014. Archambault says this increased number makes sense, as enrollment in the College of Engineering is at an all-time high. While not every graduate chooses a strictly engineering-based job, Archambault says that even those in different fields are still using the problem-solving and analytical skills they were taught in engineering. “Engineering opens up doors for whatever you want to do,” Archambault says.