Some Good News for College Grads - Hiring Trends Up

The experts keep telling us that all the leading indicators point to a turnaround and a slow end to the recent great recession.

New figures out this past weekend fall in line with that trend, and have some good news for college students about to graduate this month.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers just released its latest monthly College Hiring Index, which polls employers about their plans for hiring college students. For the first time in months, the index is in positive territory.

"These results confirm those of our latest Job Outlook survey, which found that employers expect to hire 5.3 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2010 than they hired from the Class of 2009," says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.

The poll also shows that almost 38 percent of the companies responding to the survey say they plan to increase college grad hiring. That's up from around 27 percent the month before.

Where are those jobs going to be? The NACE also recently released a survey of the Top Employers for the Class of 2010. It showed the two biggest industries for hiring college grads are the accounting services and engineering services industries. Students with degrees in accounting, finance, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering are the most in demand.

-- See average salaries for graduates with degrees in accounting, finance, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.

In a separate NACE study on salaries, those same jobs were also some of the few that saw an increase in average salary from 2009 to 2010. Overall, average salaries for recent college graduates dropped 1.7 percent from last year.

While the news on hiring is good, these are statistics -- you still have to get out there and find a job if you are graduating. That means getting your résumé in top shape, making contacts, and working full time to find a job.

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