Those numbers are expected to remain strong this fall, and what matters to each of those students (and to anxious parents who may be footing the bill) is: Can the economy accommodate them with a job in their chosen careers once they graduate?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of college graduates toiling in minimum wage jobs is roughly 71% higher today than in 2004. And the number of graduates with masters degrees working in part-time jobs is twice as high now as it was 12 years ago and three times higher than eight years ago.
That's an alarming trend, and there is only so much a college graduate can do about it. But what a graduate can do is hone and perfect the tools needed to land that all-important first career job out of school.
Ford R. Myers, a career coach and author of the book Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring, says that means going far beyond crafting a great resume.
"The resume is just one of many tools a job-seeker should have in his or her job-seekers tool-kit," Myers says. "Unfortunately, most people don't know what these other tools are or how to use them. By integrating other elements into the job search and not relying solely on the resume candidates can add power, professionalism and flexibility to their efforts."