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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 officials.

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 fields.

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.

2/9/98