The future’s so bright at the state’s premier technological research university that students might want to consider wearing shades.
The fall career fair at the University of Missouri-Rolla is expected to attract a record number of employers to campus. Representatives from more than 200 employers will be on hand Sept. 28 to talk with UMR students and accept resumes. On the following day, many of those representatives will hold formal interviews with selected students.
“We already have more than 500 on-campus interviews scheduled for Sept. 29 alone,” says Lea-Ann Morton, director of UMR’s Career Opportunities Center.
In 2005-2006, UMR set a record with 3,741 on-campus interviews. Many students, according to Morton, receive multiple job offers before they graduate.
Last year, 576 different employers recruited UMR students. Among the employers that hire the most UMR students are Boeing Co., Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Sprint Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Garmin International and Burns & McDonnell.
The average starting salary for those who earned a bachelor’s degree from UMR in the past year was $51,059. Petroleum engineering graduates enjoyed the highest starting salaries with an average of $75,750.
“Employers are already aware of UMR’s reputation as a technological university, and they know we have excellent students,” Morton says.
This fall, UMR enrolled one of its largest freshmen classes in history. The total enrollment is above 5,800 students for the first time since 1987.
UMR’s 2006 Fall Career Fair is open to UMR students and alumni only. The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Student Recreation Center, 10th Street and Bishop Avenue, Rolla.