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Engineers in Demand as Job Market Improves

T.S. Sudarshan heads the Electrical Engineering department at USC. T.S. Sudarshan heads the Electrical Engineering department at USC.

by Ed Neuhaus

The economic downturn of 2008 left many college students worried about finding a job after graduating. They shouldn't need to worry anymore, as a new report indicates a jump in job offers for the class of 2011.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers has released several studies that say that employers plan on hiring more college graduates than they did at this time last year. One of the biggest majors with improvement is engineering.

Electrical engineers should be expecting salary offers 4.4 percent above their 2010 levels. Those graduates will be looking at an average offer of $61,690 according to the study.

This should be great news to students in USC's electrical engineering program. Department chair T.S. Sudarshan says students in the program should expect good job options because the department places a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of the field.

"Our faculty make sure (students) are strongly grounded in the basics," Sudarshan said. "The foundation is very strong."

He says USC has done extremely well in job placement recently.

"When I talk to students, I hear quite often they have more than one job offer, even in this economy," Sudarshan said.

The NACE study found that starting salary job offers for all graduates will be up across the board by a total of 3.5 percent over last year. This is the first time since 2008 that the organization has reported a salary increase.

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