More Southern Utah University graduates are finding employment in a field related to their college major, according to the SUU Placement Office.

The SUU Placement Office has been tracking the success of graduates since 1975. That year, there were 225 graduates, which increased by 82 percent to 465 graduates in 1990, said Jack Cannon, director of placement.The biggest jump in numbers of graduates has taken place since 1984, when there were 310 graduates. All but two of 1990's 465 graduates were located by January 1991 in order to compile the annual report.

Cannon said the number of graduates who earned employment in a field related to their academic major rose by 7.1 percent between 1989 and 1990. The total number who obtained employment or are continuing their education increased by 7.8 percent in the same period.

"The `marketability' of SUU graduates is strengthened significantly by the caliber of our students, by the quality of academic instruction in the classroom and by strategies and job-search skills taught by the university placement office staff," Cannon said.

Students who enter the work force immediately after graduation may take jobs in fields not directly related to their majors, usually while seeking the position they want, Cannon said.

Of 358 graduates who immediately entered the job market, 271 said they were employed in a related field by the end of 1990 and 63 said they were employed in unrelated fields. Twenty-four graduates said they were still seeking employment.

Eighty of the 1990 graduates are continuing their education, Cannon said, and another 25 are not in the job market for various reasons such as becoming home-makers.