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- Dr. Dunn's Class
- Monday, Monday March 5th, 2012- from 1-2 PM-117 HH.
- Topic-The economy and how it impacts current student’s job search
- Will be test questions
- Sign-up sheet


The state of the economy as it relates to students and

 specifically how the economy relates to SU students.

Let's start out with a quiz to see how much you know.  Get out pen and paper

  1. What was the yearly salary for 2010 college graduates?
  2. Was that salary figure higher of lower than last year-2009?
  3. Sociology graduates salary was what this past year?
  4. Psychology graduates salary was what this past year?
  5. Employers are hiring more students in 2010 than last year-2009?  T/F
  6. What was the unemployment rate as of June 2010?
  7. Was the unemployment rate more or less in 2010 than in 2009?
  8. Have there been more jobs created in 2010 than in 2009?
  9. What is the unemployment rate for college graduates?
  10. What was Michael Jordan's major?
  11. What is your major and what will be your starting salary?
  12. What was Tiger Wood's major?
  13. Do you think it will be easy to find employment with your major? Y/N
  14. Imagine you are ready to graduate, name one thing you could do to make yourself more employable.
  15. What was Will Ferrell's major?

















**Celebrity Majors


  1. $47,673
  2. Lower-$47,673, 1.7 percent lower than the overall average offer of $48,515 made to Class of 2009
  3. $33,805
  4. $32,303
  5. True-employers plan to hire 5.3 percent more new college graduates in 2009-10 than they did in 2008-09.
  6. 9.6%
  7. more-7.6% as of January 2009-Now it is 9.6% as of June 2010
  8. yes-U.S. economy created 290,000 jobs in April, 2010-most in four years
  9. The specific numbers for unemployment rate (based on July 2010 BLS data) are:

    Less than a high school diploma: 13.8%
    High school graduate, no college: 10.1%
    Some college or associate degree: 8.3%
    Bachelor’s degree or higher: 4.5%
  10. Geography
  11. go to salary list
  12. Economics
  13. Click here for employability of your major
  14. volunteering, internships, good resume and cover letter, networking, become active in clubs and organizations, go to job fairs, etc.
  15. Sports Broadcasting

    Grading Scale:
    7 and below-no way!!

What is the state of the US economy and what are SU Students are doing about it?



Class of 2010 graduates are looking at an overall average starting salary offer of $47,673, 1.7 percent lower than the overall average offer of $48,515 made to Class of 2009 bachelor’s degree graduates at the same time last year.

Major - Top paid entry level

-Petroleum Engineering $86,220
-Chemical Engineering $65,142
-Mining & Mineral Engineering (incl. geological) $64,552
-Computer Science $61,205
-Computer Engineering $60,879
-Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering $59,074
-Mechanical Engineering $58,392
-Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering $57,734
-Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering $57,231
-Information Sciences & Systems $54,038
*Source: Winter 2010 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. Data represent offers to bachelor’s degree candidates where 10 or more offers were reported.

College Degree Paying the Most-Starting -Median Pay Mid-career pay

Petroleum engineering $93,000- $157,000
Aerospace engineering $59,400 -$108,000
Chemical engineering $64,800- $108,000
Electrical engineering $60,800- $104,000
Nuclear engineering $63,900 -$104,000
Applied mathematics $56,400- $101,000
Biomedical engineering $54,800- $101,000
Physics $50,700- $99,600
Computer engineering $61,200- $87,700
Economics $48,800- $97,800
Computer science $56,200- $97,700
Civil engineering $53,500-$93,400
Statistics $50,000 -$93,400
Finance $47,500- $91,500
Software engineering $56,700- $91,300

Management info. systems $50,900- $90,300
Mathematics $46,400-$88,300
Government $41,500- $88,300 
Information systems $49,300- $87,100
Construction Management $50,400- $87,000
*From CBS

Criminal Justice & Corrections 18- $31,986 (2010) - $41,036 (2009)
English Language & Literature/Letters 23- $34,799-$32,733
Foreign Languages & Literatures 14 $36,798- $32,382
Liberal Arts & Sciences/General Studies 54 -$36,488 -$46,938
Political Science/Government 37-$33,594- $38,284
Psychology 89- $32,303 -$34,942
Social Work 7 -$27,194- $31,096
Sociology 30- $33,805 -$35,669
Visual & Performing Arts 31- $28,665- $36,997
Other Humanities 10- $25,950 -$41,282
Other Social Sciences 23- $36,439 -$33,140
*Winter 2010 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers.

College majors that lead to the most anemic paychecks. Here are the worst paying college degrees:

College Degrees -Starting Salary- Mid-career median salary

Social Work $33,400- $41,600
Elementary Education $33,000- $42,400
Theology $34,800- $51,500
Music $34,000- $52,000
Spanish $35,600-$52,600
Horticulture $37,200- $53,400
Education $36,200- $54,100
Hospitality/Tourism $37,000- $54,300
Fine Arts $35,800- $56,300
Drama $35,600- $56,600
*From CBS

-Click here to see all majors-from


You can't sit and wait for a job

Set Yourself Apart:

As your job search begins, don’t forget to explore opportunities in industries and organizations outside your traditional field. Any experience you get will only help round out your resume for subsequent jobs down the road.

“It might not be your ideal offer, but at least it’s an offer,” says Koncz.

Beyond the government and healthcare fields, for example, look for openings with manufacturers of core consumer products (think tissues and toothbrushes), which tend to remain stable through all economic conditions.

At the same time, it may pay to pursue professional positions with discount retailers and budget-friendly restaurant chains, which are both benefiting from the down economy.

Lastly, says John Challenger, chief executive officer of Chicago-based recruiting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, resist the urge to bury yourself behind employment Web sites.

“You can get caught up in going to job fairs and answering online ads but that’s a very low return for your time and energy,” he says. “There aren’t too many people who get hired that way. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, but finding a job in this market is really about getting out and seeing people and cultivating your private network.”

That means joining professional associations, clubs, alumni associations, churches and synagogues, political parties or charities and putting the word out that you’re actively seeking employment.

If you’ve held internships in the past, find out if they’re hiring and reach out to former co-workers for contacts and advice.

Also talk with professors who may have former students they can introduce you to or may even work in the business community themselves, says Challenger.

Online social networks, including Facebook and LinkedIn, can help.

“A lot of times looking for a job is less about looking for an open job and more about getting out and seeing people,” says Challenger. “It’s a very difficult job market with more people chasing fewer jobs. You can’t sit and wait for it to come and find you. Leave no stone unturned.”

*If any problems getting cabinet unlocked, please go to SOCI/ Pol Sci dept office (FH 280E) or call classroom Instructional services 36230.

-Dr. Dunn's Class
- Monday, Sept. 27th, 2010- from 11:00-11:50 and 12:00-12:50 in FH 146.
- SOCI 201 (Social Problems)
- Topic-The economy and how it impacts current student’s job search

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