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UI education graduates report high marks at finding jobs in 1996-97
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- About 85 percent of first-time teachers graduating
from the University of Iowa succeeded in finding full-, part-time or education-related
jobs in 1996-97, according to the annual report from the Educational Placement
Office of the UI College of Education.
Rebecca Anthony, teacher placement coordinator for the placement office,
says new teachers looking for openings in 1998 also should find schools
across the United States that are eager to hire qualified graduates.
While prospects for openings in Iowa, the upper Midwest and the northeast
remain highly competitive, there are bright spots in the rest of the country.
"The job market in Iowa and contiguous states remains highly competitive
for new graduates," Anthony says. "But if students are flexible
in their teaching levels and willing to consider a variety of geographical
areas, their chances of being hired certainly increase."
According to the placement office's September 1996 to August 1997 annual
report, 1,510 current students and alumni were registered as active job
candidates. That includes people with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral
degrees interested in positions as K-12, community college and college-level
teachers and administrators.
About 91 percent of the active candidates were accounted for by placement
About 84.5 percent of people looking for their first teaching job in
K-12 public and private schools found assignments in teaching or teaching-related
Among all registrants certified for and interested in elementary and
secondary teaching or administration, about 88 percent were successful
in finding employment in their field, the report notes. About 64 percent
of the first-time teachers found full-time teaching jobs, and 20 percent
reported taking work as part-time teachers, teaching as substitutes or
working in education-related jobs.
The overall percentage of first-time elementary and secondary school
teachers who reported successful job searches and the percentage finding
full-time work is up slightly from 1995-96.
Anthony said the placement success is an indication of the training
UI students receive and the high regard with which UI graduates are held
by school districts throughout the United States. The placement rate also
reflects individual student efforts to prepare themselves for the job market
and seek out teaching opportunities.
Iowa continues to be the most popular destination for UI education graduates,
followed by Illinois. Other popular states for UI graduates are Missouri,
Texas and California.
In other highlights from the report:
-- Full-time first-year teachers with bachelor's degrees reported a
median salary of $24,500. That's up slightly from the 1995-96 median.
-- Salaries reported for first-year elementary and secondary public
school teachers ranged from $18,000 to $40,000.
-- The Educational Placement Office received 22,551 reports of openings
for teachers and administrators across the United States in 1996-97. The
largest category was for secondary school teachers with 6,561 reported
vacancies, followed by 4,779 vacancies at the college-level.
-- Iowa public and private schools and colleges reported 1,526 vacancies
to the Educational Placement Office, including 533 vacancies at the post-secondary
level, and 993 vacancies in K-12 schools.