RIT grads choose from the best
being pursued by headhunters. You have skills that are in demand
by organizations leading the technological revolution, and you're
prepared for the challenges of today's rapidly changing world
and RIT grad.
days, RIT graduates have their choice of what Time magazine
calls "hot jobs" -- careers that are in demand, lucrative and
personally rewarding. The job market for highly skilled, well-trained
people has never been stronger.
No wonder the ranks
of employers interested in recruiting on campus or establishing
co-op jobs continues to grow. Although some large companies
have downsized, the booming technology sector continues to provide
excellent opportunities, says Emanuel Contomanolis, director
of cooperative education and career services. In the area of
information technology alone, for instance, an estimated 800,000
jobs are waiting to be filled.
NetSetGo Inc., a
Rochester-based Internet company, is trying to get ahead in
the race for qualified employees by hiring RIT students as co-ops,
then offering them incentives to continue with the firm after
graduation. The company has more than a dozen co-ops representing
a variety of high-tech disciplines, and, says CEO Jeffrey L.
Burke, "We'll take as many as we can get."
"The job market continues
to bode well for RIT grads," says Contomanolis. "That's what
all indicators suggest."
analysts, engineers and scientists are expected to be the fastest
growing occupations through 2008, says the U. S. Department
of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook 2000-2001. From hardware
to software, from macro to micro, RIT grads can afford to be
choosy in deciding which job offer best meets their professional
and personal needs.
Wolanski, civil engineer at Clough Harbour and Associates.
Left: Gizem Deligonul, radio desinger at Harris RF Communications
(photo courtesy Democrat and Chronicle).
After earning his
computer science degree, Darrin Nelson '88 went to work for
IBM writing the MVS operating system for mainframe computers.
In 1993 he joined Lotus Development Corp. as senior system engineer
working on Lotus Notes installations at major companies including
Eastman Kodak Co. and Bausch & Lomb. When Lotus wanted to move
him to company headquarters in Massachusetts, Nelson decided
to stay in Rochester and took a job with a small Internet company,
IBS International, as chief technology officer. Last year, IBS
was acquired by NetSetGo and Nelson became director of advanced
technologies for the fast-growing firm.
"RIT provided me
with a tremendous foundation," says Nelson.
Gizem Deligonul '99
earned her degree at RIT in computer programming and physics.
She designs military radios for Harris RF Communications. Deligonul
had a choice of positions in Austin, Texas, or California's
Silicon Valley, but chose a job in Rochester because, she says,
"I like having the four seasons -- and the job Harris offered
me was very interesting."
climes, Alicia Bineyard '97, a microelectronic engineering grad,
works in Phoenix as a product engineer for ON Semiconductors,
formerly part of Motorola. She is responsible for what she calls
"running technical interference" for customers who are buying
new products from the company. "I didn't imagine I'd ever get
to this point this soon," she says. With overseas travel as
part of her job description, Bineyard is enjoying her work.
Picture this: Imaging
science, a field unnamed as recently as the 1970s, has become
one of the hottest of the hot jobs. "Every year, we have more
employers coming to us to recruit our graduates," says Jonathan
Arney, RIT professor of imaging science. "We just don't have
enough to meet the demand."
With a masters in imaging
science from RIT, Julia Barsi '00 is working at NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center as part of the Landsat team. (See Spring 2000
issue of The University Magazine for more information on Landsat.)
Barsi, on the job at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
(below) William Bowers, searching for a treatment for Parkinson's
"I got my M.S. with
the goal of joining up with Landsat," says Barsi. "My imaging
science background provided a near seamless transition to the
Science Office for one of the best satellite imaging systems
available. This was only one of many job opportunities that
was out there for me -- and we're already looking for more imaging
science grads to fill new positions."
another RIT program that's resulting in jobs for graduates while
providing a solid foundation for those going on to graduate
school. Job opportunities are expected to be very good for qualified
graduates of science technician training programs or applied
science technology programs who are well trained on equipment
used in industrial and government laboratories and production
facilities, according to the U. S. Department of Labor.
"Graduates of this
program are finding jobs with biotech firms, pharmaceutical
companies and hospital or medical center labs," says Douglas
Merrill, RIT chair of biological sciences. "Plenty of them go
on to graduate school and are involved in cutting-edge research."
By attaching genetic
material from healthy nerve cells to "clean" herpes simplex
virus cells, then sending those modified cells into damaged
nerve cells, William J. Bowers '90 and his colleagues hope to
find a treatment for Parkinson's disease. With a Ph. D. in microbiology,
Bowers is pursuing his fascination with gene therapy in the
Center for Aging and Developmental Biology at the University
"We have lots of
undergrads at RIT who come through the lab here as interns doing
tech work," he says. "RIT's philosophy of applied science gives
students a strong foundation for industry."
While many RIT grads
are zipping into the future on the information superhighway,
some are hard at work keeping highways of concrete and asphalt
In the late 1970s,
civil engineers were going back to school to retrain for alternative
careers. All the bridges and roads were built, it seemed; no
one needed them. Now, with billions of federal dollars as well
as state and local government money earmarked for infrastructure
renovation, "The need for civil engineers hasn't been this high
in over two decades," says Robert Easton, RIT civil engineering
The school has experienced
a flood of calls, e-mails and faxes from firms hoping to track
down potential employees. "The demand is more than we can satisfy
right now," he says. "RIT can't enroll people fast enough."
At Clough Harbour
and Associates, says Tom Wolanski '80, "We are in dire need
of more civil engineers." The field is exciting right now, he
says. "New technology makes it fast paced. And you actually
get to see something for your work -- you design a bridge and
then you can watch it be built. That's quite exciting."
As the technological
revolution continues, it's clear that RIT graduates are well-prepared
for the coming challenges.
"The world is going
through more fundamental change than it has in hundreds, perhaps
thousands of years," says Tom Peters, a national expert on work,
in a Time article, "What Will We Do for Work?" "Here is the
opportunity to participate in the lovely, messy playground called
'Let's reinvent the world.' "
an opportunity to reinvent, RIT alumni will be there. Count
on it -- and them.