'US$60,000 would not be enough': mining grads have high salary expectations

Reuters looks at the demand for mining school graduates and profiles some students who get to be picky about who they work for and what they get paid:

[Students] at the Colorado School of Mines are some of the most employable in the country – 94% of 2011 graduates from the mining engineering, metallurgy and materials, geological engineering, and geophysics programs have jobs.

The average starting offer across the four departments was US$65,868 a year, well above the US$42,569 median that the National Association of Colleges and Employers expects first-time job seekers with college degrees to command in 2012.

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