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Ninety-Three Percent of 2009 Class Accepts Employment

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Despite a sagging job market resulting from the economic downturn, 93 percent of Augustana’s graduating class of 2009 seeking employment reported accepting a position related to their major or chosen field.

In addition, 64 percent of the graduates accepting employment remained in South Dakota. Of the 124 graduates now working in South Dakota, 94 were originally residents of the state.

“We are very proud of our graduates. Many of them have worked diligently to find suitable positions under difficult circumstances,” said Sandi Vietor, Director of the Career Center at Augustana.

The entire nursing class was placed by the end of 2009 with some filling temporary positions until openings became available. Teachers found the local market somewhat restricted due to fewer retirements within the Sioux Falls School District, but those applicants with more mobility were able to secure positions in their area of study.

Business and computer science graduates enjoyed a more solid job market than anticipated. Limited opportunities in banking, non-profit and management required these majors to be flexible in their geographic preferences and utilization of their skills to secure jobs. Those seeking jobs in business and human services also had 100 percent success.

“We have experienced slower hiring trends in accounting, marketing, journalism and communications with some students still seeking suitable positions,” said Vietor.

Traditionally, between 20-25 percent of each graduating class attends graduate or professional school. Eighty members of the 2009 graduating class (27 percent) pursued this option.

The previous four graduating classes averaged 99 percent placement for those seeking positions.

“For the past 25 years, Augustana graduates have enjoyed a positive trend in securing employment as well as continuing their education following graduation,” Vietor said. “This indicates that employers and professional schools recognize Augustana as producing graduates who are academically prepared and demonstrate strong leadership skills.”