Survey: 80% of employers say they plan to hire college grads this year

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If you just graduated college without a job lined up, don’t stress out too much. An estimated 80 percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates this year, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.

Here is some more good news: Nearly half of employers plan to pay recent graduates more money this year than in years past.

Below is the expected starting salaries for recent college grads:

  • Under $30,000: 21 percent
  • $30,000 to less than $40,000: 23 percent
  • $40,000 to less than $50,000: 22 percent
  • $50,000 and higher: 33 percent

Even though it’s nice to know that employers are hiring, you may want to know what they’re looking for and which roles they’re looking to fill. According to the survey, employers say they are hiring recent graduates in the following areas: 

What’s your major? Depending on what you majored on may increase your chances of getting your foot in the door at certain companies. According to the survey, employers say the following majors are the most in-demand:

  • Business: 35 percent
  • Engineering: 22 percent
  • Computer and information sciences: 18 percent
  • Engineering technologies: 13 percent
  • Communications technologies: 11 percent
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences: 11 percent
  • Math and statistics: 9 percent
  • Science technologies: 7 percent
  • Mechanic and repair technologies: 6 percent
  • Public administration and social services: 6 percent
  • Construction trades: 6 percent
  • Communication and journalism: 5 percent
  • Education: 5 percent
  • Transportation and materials moving: 5 percent
  • Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities: 5 percent

Hiring managers may spend less than a minute looking at your resume, here are a few tips to help grab their attention. 

  • Have a strong resume
  • Write a cover letter
  • Ask questions
  • Do your homework
  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate

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