Employment Rate Remains High for RIT/NTID Grads

Christopher Samp, a Public Policy major, with Sen. Dick Durbin
Story Highlights: 
  • Historically, more than 90 percent of NTID graduates seeking a job find one within a year of graduation.
  • Graduates are finding jobs in fields such as engineering, computer science, business and science.
  • NTID's Center on Employment held 34 "Working Together" workshops for nearly 700 individuals this year.
  • More than 40 companies attended the NTID Job Fair to meet students who may be prospective employees.

Despite the challenging economic environment in the past few years, nine out of 10 graduates from RIT/NTID who seek employment upon graduation are landing jobs within a year.

“As long as a graduate has good technical and soft skills, cooperative experience and a resume that represents him or her well, there is no reason why he or she can’t find a job,” says John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment.

Many graduates are finding jobs in engineering, computer science, business and science, Macko says.

A sampling of the jobs:

  • Christopher Samp, a Public Policy major, was hired as a staff assistant in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.
  • Michael Anthony, who received bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Game Design, was hired as a software development engineer by Microsoft the day after his interview with the company.
  • Alexandra Johnson, an Engineering major, was hired by GE Aviation near Boston months before her graduation in May.

Some enterprising students became self-employed, starting businesses for themselves. Others found jobs with federal agencies and defense contractors. Although alums have settled throughout the United States, many students this year have found jobs in southern California, central Florida and the areas near Chicago and Pittsburgh. In many cases, that mirrors where those students were from, because many prefer to work near their hometowns and families.

NTID’s Center on Employment kept busy this past year educating employers about RIT and the skills its students have. Nearly 700 employees at 34 companies across the country attended a “Working Together” workshop, where NCE staff members give presentations about working with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

And 42 companies attended NTID’s Job Fair in October, where prospective employers collect resumes from students seeking a 10-week co-op or permanent job upon graduation.

“One of the reasons our students find jobs is because of their co-op experience, and because RIT is a good school,” Macko says.

Created in 1965 by Congress, NTID remains the leader in career-focused college education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Using salary data of RIT/NTID graduates and comparing them with salaries from deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who didn’t graduate or even attend college, a study in conjunction with Cornell University and the Social Security Administration concludes that deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID graduates earn more than twice that of their non-graduating peers.


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