UCSD engineers sitting pretty

There's been a lot of gloomy talk about technical careers of late, but some sunny news came Tuesday from southern California--specifically, the school of engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

UCSD engineering students graduating this spring with baccalaureate degrees are receiving significantly higher starting salaries than their peers snagged last year. An annual survey by the Jacobs School of Engineering of its seniors found that the median starting salary this year for those joining the work force will be in the $51,000-to-$55,000 range. Last year's median salary was in the $46,000-to-$50,000 range.

"Defense companies are in the hiring mode and those involved in homeland security are really ramping up," Glynda Davis, student development officer at UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering, said in a statement. "Foreign students are ineligible for these defense- and homeland security-related jobs because those positions require U.S. citizenship. However, both U.S. and foreign students graduating from the Jacobs School have received offers from consumer electronics giants and a range of other types of companies."

The 2005 Jacobs School survey included responses from 575 of the school's 1,913 seniors majoring primarily in bioengineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and structural engineering.

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