Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- April 22, 2005
Job Picture Looking Rosy for Cal Poly Grads
Hiring was up for Class of 2004 Cal Poly graduates - a good indicator for the
crop of students set to graduate from the university June 11.
Cal Poly's annual survey of recent graduates found 2003-04 graduates enjoying
success in the job market, both on hiring and salary fronts.
The latest survey by Cal Poly's Career Services Office showed that 92 percent of
2003-04 graduates were either employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school
within six months of graduation. A full 73 percent reported being employed
full-time, while 19 percent reported being enrolled in graduate school. That
brings full-time employment back to levels seen among graduates in 2000.
Cal Poly's 2003-04 grads were in such demand that a full 51 percent of them had
accepted job offers before graduation. A full 82 percent of grads seeking employment
(instead of graduate school) had accepted job offers by three months after their
Cal Poly also saw increased participation by employers in on-campus job fairs,
interviews, and recruiting, said Martin Shibata, interim director of Career Services.
Industries that stepped up recruiting and hiring of Cal Poly graduates in 2003-04
were construction, technology, accounting, financial services, consulting, biomedical
and defense-related industries.
Recent grads from Cal Poly's College of Engineering and College of Architecture
and Environmental Design led the way in terms of salary.
Construction management and mechanical engineering graduates reported a median
starting salary of $52,000; industrial engineering grads and computer science grads
reported median starting salaries of $55,000; computer engineering grads reported
a median starting salary of $54,000 and aerospace engineering grads led the way,
reporting a median starting salary of $56,000.
The College of Science and Mathematics (47 percent) and the College of Liberal Arts
(31 percent) sent the most graduates on to graduate school.
For more specific details, the full 2003-04 Graduate Status Report is available
Contact: Martin Shibata (805) 756-5726