After a tight year, job prospects for Idaho State University students appear brighter now, says the head of the university's placement department.

Pharmacy and special education majors will be in particular demand, said James Lupher, while the market for computer graduates has apparently softened. But Lupher emphasized that no matter what profession a student pursues, the most important factor in finding a job now is excellence."In today's economy," Lupher said, "it's very important to be good. It's very difficult for even an average person to be competitive."