Education: Bull Market for Engineers

Schools and industry compete for baccalaureates and Ph.D.s

Anthony Lucido, 35, had been offered a tenured assistant professorship at the nation's largest engineering school, Texas A.&M. He would have earned roughly $30,000 teaching computer science. But then a Houston computer firm named Intercomp offered Lucido a job with a pay boost of nearly 50%, plus the chance to tinker with half a million dollars worth of computer graphics equipment far newer than anything to be found on campus. Lucido said goodbye to tenure and went to work for Intercomp. He recalls: "I was disillusioned with academe. There was no money for...

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