Survey: More College Grads Could Hear “You’re Hired”!

I got a call from my oldest son today from college. He’s trying to line up an internship this summer that fits his major, and he just finished an interview with a  recruiter. “Dad, it would be perfect,” he told me. “Then when I graduate, they would probably hire me full-time.” Those are words every parent wants to hear.

While my son is still a year out from graduating and landing that first job, the moment of truth for the class of 2012 is just around the corner. And according to a new study, they’re heading into a better job market than grads of the previous three classes.

CareerBuilder surveyed more than 2000 hiring managers across various industries and found 54 percent plan to hire recent college grads this year, compared to 46 percent last year.

Here are the top jobs employers are looking to fill, in this order:

  • Information Technology
  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Business Development

Here are the college majors in most demand (in order):

  • Business
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Math and Statistics
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  • Communications Technologies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

As far as starting salaries go, the survey indicates most will pay below $50,000, but a significant portion (28%) will be fortunate enough to make more than that.  A similar CareerBuilder survey 5 years ago found just 12 percent of employers will offer more than $50,000.

So more job offers and better pay for today’s college graduates. Let’s only hope the trend continues into 2013, and beyond (I have two more sons after that).

Click here for more results of the CareerBuilder survey, including job hunting tips for recent grads.

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