Mines News

Release Date Thursday, June 22, 2017

Placement at 96 Percent, Starting Salaries Top $62,000

RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 22, 2017) – New placement figures for the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology show 96 percent of 2015-16 graduates have secured employment with an average starting salary of $62,929 or are pursuing graduate degrees. Ten of the 16 majors had 100 percent placement rates, with the vast majority of students electing to go directly into industry, working at Google, Microsoft, Echostar, Ford, Garmin, Lockheed Martin, POET, Raven Industries, Black Hills Corporation, RPM Innovations and more.
Seventy-seven percent of students graduated with internship or research experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center, L-3 Communications, Kimberly-Clark, Bobcat, ExxonMobil and many other companies and governmental agencies.
Over 30 percent of graduates are staying in South Dakota, to continue advanced studies or contribute to the economic development of the state. Mines graduates are working for 54 different employers in 15 communities throughout the state. South Dakota also led the way in employing Mines interns last year, with students working for more than 83 employers from 24 communities across the state.
Computer science graduates top the list in starting salaries, with offers averaging over $72,000, nearly $10,000 above the national average for that major. Computer engineering graduates were next at over $68,000 in offered salaries, nearly $3,000 above the national average. Chemical engineering graduates earned the third highest average salaries at $67,000.
South Dakota Mines has a very high standard for successful placement. A graduate is only considered successfully placed if they are enrolled in graduate school or are working full time in a job related to their major.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu

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