Graduates of La Tech go into the engineering services industry, the manufacturing industry, and the education industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former La Tech students are employed in the banking industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. La Tech graduates in the education industry are hard pressed to find, with close to five percent of former students taking up work in this field. Former La Tech graduates bring in approximately $67K on average.
La Tech alumni like Ruston so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with slightly less than one-fifth of grads staying on to find permanent employment. It is also not uncommon to find former La Tech students living and working in Ruston, La. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $141K. La Tech alumni in Atlanta, Ga. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $58K. Other cities of interest include Houston, Texas and Alexandria, La.
Former Bulldogs who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS) and earn a median salary of about $89K per year. Those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $54K per year.
Benefits & Compensation commands a pay premium of 168 percent for former Bulldogs. Many former La Tech students are familiar with Engineering Design, and one in eight grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Strategic Planning also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Roughly half of the survey participants enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. Most alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while the larger part of graduates receive dental plans, too. A large number of survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Louisiana Tech University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock options.
Median pay for Missouri University of Science and Technology grads is $67K, making their salaries most similar to those of La Tech grads. Other schools similar to La Tech include Jackson State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.