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At Utah technology college, women are finding better-paying jobs than men

August 19, 2010 |  6:00 am

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Joel Johnson, left, plays video games with other computer science students at Neumont University last year. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Pays to be a lady at Neumont University. 

Not only is there a fabulously good "ratio" -- close to 93% of the Utah technology college's nearly 400 graduating students have been male -- but upon graduation, that tiny female sliver of the school population makes more money on average than the guys.

In Neumont's four-year history, the 27 girls nabbed higher average starting salaries than their male counterparts -- $62,000 per annum for the gals, compared with $60,000 for the guys.  Moreover, women are finding jobs faster too -- with 95% of the female students getting jobs within six months of graduation, beating out the guys by four points.

Why the disparity?  Not immediately clear, but evidence the above photograph from 2009, showing a room full of dudes playing video games.  There are no women in the photograph playing video games.

The Times' Alana Semuels profiled the dude-heavy tech school -- dubbed "Geek Heaven" -- last year.

-- David Sarno

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