SF State graduates face promising job market
The largest graduating class in SF State history faces good job market prospects despite a slowed economy.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2008 -- SF State's record number of graduates will find a favorable job market upon receiving their diplomas, according to Jack Brewer, director of the SF State Career Center, and research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
When a record 8,178 students take part in Commencement exercises on May 24, those students graduating with demonstrated experience have reason to be optimistic about their job prospects and higher starting salaries. "SF State graduates, especially, tend to have a strong mix of practical experience and academic experience, which is exactly what employers want," Brewer said.
According to an updated nationwide survey of employers recruiting on college campuses, employers expect their college hiring to increase by eight percent over last year. A related salary survey notes an overall increase of 5.3 percent in starting salaries offered in 2008 over spring 2007. While business degree holders are expected to see little change in overall starting salaries, students graduating with marketing degrees and management information systems degrees will post average increases in starting salaries of 4.9 and 8.2, respectively. Engineering graduates can expect an average salary offer to increase by 6 percent over spring 2007.
"There is good news for graduates who have prepared,” Brewer said. “I encourage all current students to take advantage of internships and the wealth of practical experience offered here at the University and within the Bay Area. Experience does count, which the current graduation class surely knows."
San Francisco State University is the only master’s-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls more than 30,000 students each year. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 140,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.
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