In a recent edition of Rick Reagan’s “Money in Your Pocket” segment on News Channel 9 morning news show, Rick Reagan talks about career fields that are in demand (http://www.9wsyr.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=3010140&navCatId=20739). In this segment he compares the number of students getting degrees in Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, and Math and Science with those in Visual and Performing Arts, Psychology, and Communication & Journalism. From the 1984-1985 time frame to the 2008-2009 time frame, the number of graduates in the first group has remained steady or declined, while the second group has more than doubled. This has led to a significant increase in demand for graduates with these degrees, especially in chemical engineering. Graduates in the second group (the right-hand three bars in the graph) are having significantly more trouble getting jobs after graduation in addition to experiencing lower starting salaries.
The programs at SUNY-ESF in the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Department provide chemical-engineering based programs in Paper Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering. Graduates from these programs are in high demand with starting salaries averaging $65,000 to $70,000. Our students are being placed in positions all over the United States.
Please see our website at www.esf.edu/pbe for more information about out programs and feel free to contact us for more information.