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UI career fair draws record numbers

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University of Iowa junior Jacklyn Englebart decided she wanted to get into biomedical engineering back in high school.

"I decided that science and math was my strong suit and decided to head the engineering route," Englebart said.

Now, Englebart is pursuing her dream, excited to graduate and land that first job.

"It's pretty exciting.  I feel really prepared," she said. 

It appears to be a good time to go into the field.

With the recession behind them, companies are looking to hire in engineering, as evidenced by the record 74 employers that were on hand for Tuesday's University of Iowa College of Engineering career fair.

"Engineering degrees are in demand.  Computer science degrees are in demand.  The salaries are increasing.  There's competition for positions, said Phil Jordan, director of the UI's College of Engineering.

The strong turnout comes at a time when the state is trying to encourage more people like Englebart to get into the science, technology, engineering, and math professions.

Employers appear to be eager to hire engineers. 

"A lot of people want engineering so it's up to us to attract them and interview them," said Sammy Abusada of HNI Technologies, Inc.- one of the employers at Tuesday's fair.

A large group of engineers will soon venture out into the professional world.

Businesses hope to keep talented people like Englebart here in the state.

After all, Iowa's economic future depends on it.

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