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Experts say grads finding health, engineer jobs

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 03, 2013 May 3, 2013 Friday, May 03 2013 May 03, 2013 3:33 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Olivia LaBorde

BATON ROUGE - In a few short weeks thousands of college students will be off campus and hopefully off to work.

"It's not easy by no means but it's a rewarding feeling you know to know that you're about to be an adult with a degree," says Southern University senior Hammad Dooley.

The chances they will find a job quickly are pretty good for some, according Southern University's Director of Career Services Tamara Montgomery.

"Professions in the medical field and of course the engineering firms and things of that nature," says Montgomery.

Many experts say graduates in engineering and health care fields are finding jobs quicker than their counterparts. Some students are getting hired before graduation, with average starting salaries of $60,000 or more.

"I already have an internship lined up for this summer as well as next summer I feel very confident in my abilities to find a job in the real world to get my feet wet and keep going," says LSU student Scott Smith.

Despite the statistics,  there are still plenty of students pursuing careers are traditionally low in pay and prospects, such as education.

"There’s always a call for teachers. You always need to learn so I'm not worried," says Dooley.

Friday’s report from the Bureau of Labor shows the job market recovering with $165,000 jobs added in April and the unemployment rate dropping to 7.5 percent.

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