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Starting salaries continue to rise for Dunwoody grads

New Career Services report shows continued demand for technical degrees

Even during a pandemic, Dunwoody graduates continue to be in high-demand.

Dunwoody College of Technology recently released its 2019-2020 Career Services Annual Report, which outlines placement rates, job inquiries, and average salaries for students one year after graduation.

The report is based on a post-graduation response rate of 95 percent from former students regarding their career activities after receiving their diploma.

According to the report, 95 percent of 2020 graduates were employed in their field of study or continued their education within six months of graduating. And the good news doesn’t stop there. The average salary was $53,700, an increase of nearly $5,000 over the year prior.

“What this data demonstrates is that the need for skilled workers in essential fields like manufacturing, engineering, automotive, computers, and construction continues to be strong – even when many industries were shuttered or reduced during a global crisis,” said Career Services Director Rob Borchardt. “I think this should give future students even more confidence in choosing a technical degree.”

Inquiries Per Grad Still Trending High

The number of job inquiries per graduate was another strong indicator of high-demand, coming in at 13.7 per graduate for 2019-2020. In fact, 935 companies posted more than 6,500 job openings with Dunwoody’s Anthony L. Ferrara Career Services Center, which provides life-time career placement support for graduates.

Automotive, Business Management, Radiologic Technology, and the School of Engineering each saw 100 percent placement with graduates from their departments at all program and degree levels.

Robotics & Manufacturing programs averaged a job placement rate of 99 percent and Construction Sciences reported a 95 percent placement rate.

“Dunwoody students continue to outpace their counterparts at other two- and four-year institutions in terms of placement and salary,” Borchardt said. “The College has a long, and successful track record of partnering with industry, and the success of our graduates is proof that Dunwoody students are often employers first choice.”

About Dunwoody College of Technology

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. Having provided hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 men and women, Dunwoody is the college for experimenters and makers, a place where the curious and the confident learn by doing. Located in Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers a unique campus experience in dedicated labs, studios, and shops that treats students like future professionals from day one. With certificates, associate’s, and bachelor’s degrees in more than 46 majors – including engineering, robotics, design and other STEM-related fields – Dunwoody challenges students to come determined and graduate destined. More information on Dunwoody can be found at or by following Dunwoody on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.