Top College Majors In Demand with Employers Revealed in NACE Job Outlook Survey

By Sam Coren
StudentAdvisor.com Staff

most in demand college degreesHaving a tough time choosing a major? Finding out what degrees new grads are earning that are most popular with employers may be a good place to start. Each year, through the Job Outlook survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys its employer members about their hiring plans and other employment-related issues in order to project the job market for new college graduates for the current class and to assess a variety of conditions that may influence that market.

Accounting, Engineering, & Computer Science Top the List

Data for NACE’s latest Job Outlook survey was collected from NACE employer members from mid-August through October 15, 2010. Based on the survey results nearly 62 percent of the organizations taking part cited plans to hire accounting graduates. Other popular Bachelor’s degrees amongst recruiters included finance (57 percent of respondents), electrical engineering (53.5 percent ), computer science (53 percent), mechanical engineering (53 percent), and business administration/management (52 percent).

According to Marilyn Mackes, the executive director of NACE, “The results are not surprising. These degrees are consistently cited by organizations involved in college recruiting and hiring as among the most sought-after.” Find out which industries are looking to hire these new grads the most in the table below:

Major

Most Interested
Industries

Percentage of
Industry Respondents

Accounting

Accounting Services

100%

Government

88%

Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate

85%

Finance

Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate

95%

Management Consulting

89%

Food & Beverage Mfg.

70%

Electrical Engineering

Utilities

100%

Computer & Electronics Mfg.

92%

Miscellaneous Mfg.

72%

Computer Science

Information

100%

Computer & Electronics Mfg.

85%

 Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate

85%

Mechanical Engineering

Utilities

100%

Chemical (Pharmaceutical Mfg.)

95%

Food & Beverage Mfg.

90%

Business Administration/Management

Food & Beverage Mfg.

90%

Retail Trade

88%

Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate

80%

 

Source: Job Outlook 2011, National Association of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor’s degree graduates.

 

Remember:  Whether you’ve decided what you’d like to major in or not you can use StudentAdvisor’s college match tool to find schools that may interest you.

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