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Tech post grad salaries among the highest

September 30, 2014

 
CATHERINE BURKE
Staff Reporter

 

 

National recognition is becoming more common at Louisiana Tech.

 

According to PayScale.com, Tech graduates are No. 1 in the state for having the highest post-graduation starting salary, followed by Louisiana State University at No. 2 and McNeese State University at No.3.

 

Tech is also No. 1 in the state for highest mid-career salary, according to PayScale.com.

 

Dave Guerin, executive director of university communications, said Louisiana Tech ranks No. 1 among the state’s public and private institutions with early career graduates earning an average of $49,200 annually.

 

“Students know that Louisiana Tech is going to offer them learning opportunities and an educational experience that is unmatched anywhere in our state,” he said.

 
“And when they graduate, they are prepared to be leaders in their industry from day one.”

 

Justin Bounds, a 2011 Tech graduate with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, is an example of success as a result of his time at the university.

 

“There is value in a Tech degree,” he said. “Employers know that they’re getting a top notch employee when they hire a Tech grad.”

 

Bounds said the professors played a huge role as well in his overall success.

 

“A lot of the credit for my success goes back to the fantastic professors I had,” he said.

 

“They held me and the rest of my classmates to a higher standard.”

 

Bounds said aside from academics, leadership opportunities around campus and how to efficiently contribute were two of the most important things he learned while at Tech.

 
He now works for ExxonMobil Refinery and Chemical Plant in Baton Rouge where his job is tank maintenance group lead.

 

A recent news release stated Tech is also ranked No. 59 in the nation in median mid-career earnings among graduates from public institutions.

 

Jim King, vice-president for student advancement, said this success is attributed to Tech’s quality academic programs.

 

“This means a lot to current students and the value of their diploma,” King said.

 

“The amount of money students pay here at Tech and what they get out of it is truly remarkable.”

 

King also said the career fair on Sept. 25 will be one of the largest in Tech’s history, providing more opportunities for students to keep the national rankings pouring in.

 

Tech has also earned a Tier One National University rank for the fourth consecutive year from U.S. News and World Report.

 

 

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