CollegeGrad.com Announces Most Employable Majors for 2008 Grads
BackBy —<strong>State College, Pa. — May 22</strong><br />In the midst of what many consider to be a difficult employment economy, college students, recent grads and parents all wonder exactly who is being hired. Just in time for graduation, CollegeGrad.com, an entry-level job site, announced the most employable majors at all levels for 2008 college grads.<br /><br />The results of the 2008 Top Entry Level Employers Survey show that accounting is the most sought-after major for 2008. Employers project accounting students and grads will comprise 23 percent of entry-level hires, 30 percent of internship hires and 24 percent of master’s-level hires in 2008. <br /><br />According to this year's survey results, the top five majors being hired for entry-level positions are:<br /><br />1. Accounting – 23 percent<br />2. All engineering – 13 percent <br />3. Marketing – 11 percent<br />4. Computer science – 10 percent <br />5. Business administration – 9 percent<br /><br />While no single engineering degree made it into the Top 5 list, collectively, engineering majors came in at No. 2 and will account for nearly 13 percent of entry-level hires in 2008. The top engineering degree was electrical engineering, at 3.5 percent, followed closely by mechanical engineering at 3.2 percent. <br /><br />Why are these highly skilled degrees so employable? According to CollegeGrad.com, positions in industries such as accounting and engineering require a defined skill set, typically met only by specific majors. Combine that with the sheer number and size of companies in these industries, and there will be a glut of technical openings.<br /><br />For example, in 2008, the Big Four accounting firms will hire nearly 13,000 college grads, most of whom are accounting majors. That number is further boosted by midsize and smaller accounting firms, banking firms, financial firms and even non-accounting firms who hire accounting majors for in-house positions. <br /><br />Similarly, firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman each hire thousands of engineers each year.<br /><br />In contrast, the required skill sets for general business openings are typically more diversified soft skills and more easily filled by a variety of majors. Plenty of firms outside of the accounting and engineering fields also hire thousands of college grads, but those numbers will be split among a variety of majors.<br /><br />To prepare for entry into the work world, Tony Gibert, recruiting director for NAVSEA Warfare Center, reminds college students that even in technical fields, major specific skill sets do not stand alone. "New college hires need to understand that the academic knowledge they acquire, the global understanding of social, economic and political factors, their leadership and communication skills and their professionalism are all important elements of their success and essential to our jobs."<br /><br />For those still in school, CollegeGrad.com reminds students that it's never too early to start building employable skills. And with more than 2,000 pages of entry-level job-search content, CollegeGrad.com is a valuable resource for learning such skills.<br /><br />The Top Majors information was gathered while compiling the list of more than 500 Top Entry Level Employers for 2008. Employers were asked to break down their number of projected hires by major. <br />
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