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Oregon Tech Graduate Salaries Fare Well Above Average in Report

Oct 30, 2012
An increasingly important consideration for many students when choosing a college major is what happens after graduation.

An increasingly important consideration for many students when choosing a college major is what happens after graduation. You want to find your work interesting, fulfilling, and rewarding. After all, you intend to make this a career and you do have to support yourself, and quite possibly, a family someday. If you have an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math, you may want to consider careers that build on these skills and could offer a generous return on your investment.

Oregon Institute of Technology ranks well among peers in the 2012-13 PayScale College Salary Report. Oregon Tech ranked fourth in starting salaries in the Western United States and first in the State of Oregon. According to PayScale, the average starting salary for graduates of Oregon Tech is $54,600 per year. Nationally, this places Oregon Tech at the number 38 spot in starting salaries out of the 1058 colleges and universities on the list. Coupled with Oregon Tech’s post-graduate success rate of 90%, this is exciting news in an economy where many college graduates struggle to find even an entry-level position.

In fact, the news only gets better as Oregon Tech graduates progress through their careers. PayScale reports that mid-career salaries average $86,900 per year, placing the Pacific Northwest’s polytechnic university first in Oregon and within the top 15 percent in the nation.

Oregon Tech offers a full portfolio of high demand, cutting-edge degree programs in engineering, health sciences, technology, management, and more. The university was the first in North America to offer a bachelor of science in Renewable Energy Engineering, a program that continues to garner interest internationally and has grown exponentially since its inception in 2005. The program is ABET accredited and the university now offers a master degree in Renewable Energy Engineering.

Oregon Tech offers 37 undergraduate degree programs offered within two main colleges: the College of Engineering, Technology, and Management and the College of Health, Arts, and Sciences. Engineering degree programs include civil, electrical, manufacturing and mechanical, embedded systems, computer and software, among others. The university also offers programs in geomatics and management. In the health sciences, the university has programs in medical imaging technology, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, respiratory care, applied psychology and many more.

“Our graduates enjoy a tremendous success rate with over 90 percent employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation. You don’t find that everywhere,” said Jan Goodyear, from the Career Services Department at Oregon Tech. “Part of what makes our graduates desirable to employers is the hands-on education they get  here. We teach the theory and how to apply that theory to real world situations. Our graduates hit the ground running and employers like that. There’s a financial reward and career stability with a degree from Oregon Tech.”

Learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology and the high-tech degree programs at www.oit.edu.


About Oregon Tech

Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven universities in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communications and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban campus in Wilsonville. The university also has sites in Beaverton, Salem, La Grande, and Seattle, as well as online degree offerings. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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