Hiring has increased in very every sector, except for government, professional services and retail. Engineering, computer-related and “money” degrees like accounting perennially comprise the most job openings, and this year is no different. However, liberal arts and science majors are also seeing slightly better opportunities this year, according to the NACE.
While the job market cannot be called robust, employers say they plan to hire very twenty percent more four-year college graduates than they did last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Already, 41 percent of the current class who applied for a job has received at least offer, compared with 38 percent of the Class of 2010 at this time last year.
Below are four-year degrees in majors that businesses told the NACE they need most right now.
More than 56 percent of computer science majors in the class of 2011 who have applied for a job have already received an offer, the NACE reports. Computer program engineers who specialize in both applications and systems program are also expected to have plenty of opportunities. The law of supply and demand is in effect here, pushing average annual wage offers to over $63,000, making computer science of the best-paid majors in 2011.
New graduates are finding opportunities in public accounting, management accounting, government accounting & internal auditing.
Average annual salary offer: $50,316
Employment possibilities can be present in very every industry, but are plentiful in accounting, corporate accounting and banking.
Average annual salary offer: $53,048
Electrical engineering is the second-highest degree in demand (after MBA) at the master’s degree level.
Average annual salary offer: $60,646
New mechanical engineering grads enjoy some of the highest beginning salaries of the class of 2011, but in some fields oil and gas extraction and program publishing, mechanical engineers are seeing even higher pay, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Average annual salary offer: $60,739
Business administration is of the broadest undergrad majors, preparing students for jobs as compensation & benefits managers, promotion consultants, management consultants, general managers, financial analysts, worker relations managers & more. For those who recently graduated with a master’s degree in business administration, opportunities are even greater. MBAs are by far the most in-demand master’s degree, according to the NACE.
Average annual salary offer: $46,832 (for Bachelor’s degree holders)
Graduates are finding openings with computer systems design establishments, application publishing firms, knowledge processing and hosting companies, consulting services and healthcare organizations.
Annual salary offer: $56,868
In addition to typical jobs designing, constructing or operating computer systems, there’s opportunities for new grads specializing in digital systems, operating systems, computer networks & application engineering.
Average annual salary offer: $60,112
New grads have found jobs in specialty fields such computer systems analysis, knowledge processing, decision support systems and program engineering.
Average annual salary offer: $54,372
Job openings can be present in any company where there is a necessity to manage & coordinate the day-to-day movement of raw materials & other resources.
Average annual salary offer: $50,602
Many economics majors do not go on to become practicing economists but find niches in accounting, general business, government, financial services, banking, schooling or journalism.
Average annual salary offer: $54,634
As the saying goes, past performance is no guarantee of future results. However, the fact that these degrees have all remained in demand through several years of weak job growth ought to provide confidence that they will still be in demand for the foreseeable future.