UC Riverside Graduates Among Top Earners

Help from UC Riverside Center employees helps UC Riverside students place 29th among more than 400 state universities in salary potential, report finds

Commencement at UC Riverside in 2011

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside is among the top 30 state universities for salary potential for graduates, according to a recent survey.

UC Riverside placed 29th among more than 400 state universities ranked in the 2011-12 PayScale College Salary Report. That’s a jump from 44th in the 2009 report and 70th in the 2008 report.

In the 2011-12 report, the average starting salary for a UC Riverside graduate was $43,900 and the average mid-career salary for a graduate was $88,800.

“I’m particularly proud of this ranking because it shows the esteem in which our graduates are held in the professional world,” said Merlyn Campos, UC Riverside’s director of undergraduate admissions.

The UCR Career Center cites several reasons for the high ranking:

  • Six years ago the career center embarked on a strategic marketing plan at the local, regional, state and national level to develop relationships with employers and to improve job placement opportunities for students. Companies or agencies with whom the career center has developed relationships in the past six years include: Google, the Environmental Protection Agency, Northrop Grumman, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, GEICO and Western Digital.
  • The career center is providing substantial preparation for students in the areas of career development (resumes, interviews, networking, etc.) allowing for students to be effective in obtaining jobs and, furthermore, being successful in their careers.
  • The career center allows for multi-faceted communication between students and employers whether it’s through social media, blogs, electronic or paper marketing, in-person meetings, events, and more.

In the PayScale report, starting salary was defined as full-time employees with five years or less in a career and a bachelor’s degree, but no degree beyond that. Mid-career salary means full-time employees with at least 10 years of experience in a career and a bachelor’s degree, but no degree beyond that.

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