Archive for January, 2014

Engineering jobs in Tampa grow?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The number of engineering jobs for Tampa, especially for new grads, may be growing, according to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Seven of the 10 top-paid majors for Class of 2013 bachelor’s degree graduates are engineering majors.

The survey found that petroleum engineering once again is by far the highest-paid major for the Class of 2013. This has been the case in NACE’s September 2013 and April 2013 Salary Survey reports, as well.

The average starting salary for petroleum engineering is nearly $27,000 more than the average starting salary for computer engineering, which is the second highest-paid major for Class of 2013 graduates.

Other engineering majors among the top 10 are chemical engineering, aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical/electronics and communications engineering, and engineering technology.

Computer science, management information systems/business, and logistics/materials management are the non-engineering majors whose average starting salaries were among the highest for Class of 2013 bachelor’s degree graduates.

Salary Survey reports starting salaries for new college graduates in more than 90 disciplines at the bachelor’s-degree level. Data contained in the report are reported by employers, represent accepted starting salaries (not salary offers), and are produced through a compilation of data derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a master set of data developed by Job Search Intelligence.

Law firm creates real estate jobs in Tampa

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A local law firm is expanding and creating real estate jobs in Tampa.

Pennington, P.A. has announced the addition of Partner Stacy Estes Yates, Partner Robert A. “Gus” Harper III, Special Consultant Jim DeBeaugrine, and General Litigation Associates Monica Hernandez and Matt Bryant to the firm’s list of attorneys and legal consultants.

Stacy Estes Yates, Partner – Yates works in the Tampa office and focuses her practice on general civil litigation, insurance defense litigation, physician and pharmacist professional liability defense, healthcare compliance, and criminal defense. Yates has tried over 30 jury and non-jury trials. She graduated with honors from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Robert A. “Gus” Harper III, Partner – Harper’s experience encompasses a spectrum of legal practices, including criminal and civil fraud defense, family, personal injury, corporate, appellate law, and commercial litigation. He was recently recognized by the national Best Lawyers in America publication as “Tallahassee’s 2014 Lawyer of the Year” for non-white collar criminal defense. Harper has also been recognized among the “Best Lawyers in America,” “Florida’s Super Lawyers,” and as a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. While attending law school, Harper also studied at the University of Montpellier in Montpellier, France.

DeBeaugrine specializes in appropriations, disability and aging issues, health and long term care, Medicaid, and criminal and civil justice. He served as House staff for 19 years including 10 as the Staff Director of the House Justice Appropriations Committee. He also served for 8 years as an analyst with the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee. Over the last two years DeBeaugrine managed his own consulting firm, RFJ Governmental Consultants. DeBeaugrine is an addition to Pennington’s State Government Affairs practice.

Graduates who have Tampa jobs getting a salary increase?

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The average starting salary for graduates who have Tampa jobs may be increasing, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

According to the survey, the overall average starting salary for Class of 2013 college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees has increased 2.4 percent over last year.

NACE’s September 2013 Salary Survey found that the average starting salary for Class of 2013 college graduates stands at $45,327, up from the average salary of $44,259 for Class of 2012 graduates.

The business disciplines experienced the largest increase to their overall average starting salary, which rose 7.9 percent to $55,635. Also on the high end were communications majors, whose average starting salary jumped 3.7 percent to $43,835.

The average starting salary for education majors was 3.2 percent, bringing it to $40,337, while both engineering and humanities and social sciences majors saw increases to their average starting salary that exceeded 2 percent.

The average starting salary to graduates in the humanities and social sciences increased 2.6 percent over last year, bringing it to $37,791. The overall average salary for engineering graduates, meanwhile, rose 2.3 percent to $62,062.

“Bolstering the positive news for the Class of 2013 is the fact that salary increases are not limited to certain fields of study that are ‘carrying’ the class,” explains Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “In fact, they are evident in most disciplines.”

Graduates earning degrees in the math and science disciplines saw the least movement in their average starting salary, a 0.9 percent increase over last year to bring it to $42,731.