Employers Project 13% Increase in New College Grad Hiring

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Hiring will be up for new college graduates, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Recent college graduates need to acquire job search skills. (Census Bureau photo)

The job picture for 2013 college graduates had improved form last year. (Census Bureau photo)

NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 survey shows that employers anticipate hiring 13% more college graduates from the class of 2013 than were hired from the class of 2012.

“While employers are seeking graduates from a broad range of disciplines, this fall they expressed particular interest in hiring new graduates with business, computer science and engineering-related degrees and are looking to college campuses to supply their hiring needs,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.

College Grad Hiring Up

While the hiring outlook is positive among most industries, some industries are especially good bets for recent college graduates.

“Those most likely to increase their hiring of new college graduates include employers in chemical/pharmaceutical manufacturing; computer and electronics manufacturing; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; management consulting; and professional services,” says Mackes. “These fields represent demand for graduates across a spectrum of disciplines.”

Full results of the survey will be published in November.

The Job Outlook survey is a forecast of hiring intentions of employers as they relate to new college graduates.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys its employer members annually about their hiring plans and other employment-related issues in order to project the job market for new college graduates.

For the Job Outlook 2013 survey, data were collected July 25, 2012, through September 10, 2012.

NACE will update the hiring outlook for the Class of 2013 in April.

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