May 2, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Which college majors stand to fare better in today's job market? Which industries and locations are seeing the most growth in entry-level jobs for college-educated workers? New research from CareerBuilder and CareerRookie shows where the jobs are and what employers are willing to negotiate in job offers for America's next generation of workers.
"More than half of employers reported they plan to hire recent college graduates this year," said
, CEO of CareerBuilder. "College students who are graduating in business, technology and health-related majors will have an advantage in terms of the volume of opportunities available today. However, other majors such as liberal arts and sciences are also attractive to employers as they look for individuals with strong communications and critical-thinking skills."
In-Demand College Majors
In a nationwide online survey of more than 2,000 employers, CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive
asked companies which college majors were most in demand at their firms. Similar to last year, business and technical majors are the most sought after:
1) Business – 31 percent2) Computer and Information Sciences – 24 percent3) Engineering – 17 percent4) Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences – 10 percent5) Engineering Technologies – 9 percent6) Math and Statistics – 9 percent7) Communications Technologies – 7 percent8) Education – 7 percent9) Science Technologies – 6 percent10) Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 6 percent
To help determine the hottest areas for hiring for the graduating class of 2013, CareerBuilder analyzed active job listings on its site for entry-level positions. For purposes of this study, CareerBuilder defined an entry-level job as 1) requiring two years of experience or less, and 2) requiring a two-year or four-year college degree or equivalent certification.