Thursday, December 20, 2012

The 5 College Degrees Employers Want In 2012

The job market for new grads, analyzed

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Nationally, employers are looking for critical thinkers as they increasingly hire recent college graduates. Take a look at the top degrees in demand right now and get a feel for what your competitors are looking for.

Hiring trends for 2012

According to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), business, engineering and computer science degrees are in the highest demand for employers looking to hire college graduates in 2012.

NACE reported in February a 10 percent increase in companies’ intent to hire interns this summer (mostly paid) and that employers plan to hire 9.5 percent more college graduates in 2012 than they did in 2011. Most companies plan to recruit mostly later this yer, likely during the fall semester. Additionally, the non-profit reports that starting salaries for graduates is up 3.5 percent this year.

Top five degrees this year

According to the report, below are the top five most in demand college degrees this year:

1. Business Administration

According to the Job Outlook survey, employers prefer candidates who have problem solving and leadership skills, which could potentially be acquired or honed through a business program.

Whether you want to work for a big or small business, studying business administration is a good way to prepare yourself.

2. Engineering

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the future looks bright for engineering graduates, with engineering jobs as a whole expected to climb 11 percent through 2018.

Sought after skills such as problem solving and analysis also contributes to wide range or careers.

3. Computer and Information Sciences

Computers have revolutionized the business world. Graduates tech-savvy skills are appealing to many employers, according to the Job Outlook survey.

As technology keeps advancing, employers look for workers with the latest and greatest computer skills.

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