A survey by the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities shows business, education and health were the top fields for its graduates in 2002. Association spokesperson Kathleen Gannon says the survey included some eight-thousand graduates. She says the top choices have changed a little. She says education and social services have traditionally been a top choice, but with the slower economy, many are choosing a career in business where they may have a better chance of getting a job. Gannon says the economy has made it tougher for graduates to find gainful employment. The survey was taken of last year’s grads, but she says she’s heard the job market is tight this year. Gannon says the survey helps the association keep on top of things, so they now which careers students are focusing on and can react to that need. Gannon says the survey also showed that 63 percent of the 2002 graduates planned to stay in Iowa.
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