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Release Date Monday, July 13, 2020

South Dakota Mines Job Placement Rate Holds Steady for Recent Graduates

Sydnee Holmes, a civil and environmental engineering major, is one of a majority of South Dakota Mines students who landed paid internships while in school. Holmes is working the summer of 2020 with the Colorado Department of Transportation. Internships like this are key for the high placement rate enjoyed by South Dakota Mines graduates.


South Dakota Mines 2018-2019 graduates are enjoying a 96% placement rate in their field of study or in graduate school. This cohort is also receiving an average starting salary of $66,516, up $3,162 from the previous year.

“I commend these graduates for their hard work. I know the job market is tough right now, but these numbers show the world still needs high-caliber scientists and engineers,” says South Dakota Mines president Jim Rankin. “This data also highlights the importance of our mission, vision and values at South Dakota Mines. The COVID-19 crisis shows the critical need for world-class leaders and innovators who can help tackle the challenges we face.”

The high placement rate and starting salary speaks to South Dakota Mines’ excellent return on investment. The earnings of graduates in science and engineering fields outpace other professions, and the cost of attending South Dakota Mines is lower than many schools across the country.

Real-world experience is one advantage many South Dakota Mines graduates bring to their first job. Seventy-nine percent of students graduated with internship or research experience with companies such as Microsoft, Garmin, Kiewit, Cargill and many other companies and governmental agencies.

Thirty-one percent of Mines graduates are staying in South Dakota to continue advanced studies or contribute to the economic development of the state. In the last five years, 365 graduates have accepted jobs with 215 employers in 39 South Dakota communities.

Among the South Dakota Mines majors, computer science graduates had the highest salary average at $75,843. Computer engineering graduates were close behind with an average starting salary of $71,750. Chemical engineering graduates came in third at $69,848.

These numbers show the value of an education at South Dakota Mines. In its 2020 rankings, the organization College Factual names South Dakota Mines as the best engineering school for the money out of 302 similar institutions across the United States. The university routinely receives top rankings in the state and nation from multiple college ranking organizations.


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu