Career Outlook & Statistics


What are the top fifteen attributes employers seek on a candidate's resume according to the 2012 NACE Job Outlook Survey?


1.
Ability to work in a team
2. Leadership
3. Communication Skills (written & verbal)
4. Problem-solving skill
5. Strong work ethic
6. Analytical/quantitative skills
7. Initiative
8. Technical skills
9. Detail-oriented
10. Flexibility/adaptability
11. Computer skills
12. Interpersonal skills (related well to others)
13. Organizational ability
14. Friendly/outgoing personality
15. Creativity

What do college students and new graduates look for in an employer, according to students responding to NACE's 2011 Student Survey?

1. Opportunity for personal development
2. Job security
3. Good insurance benefits
4. Friendly co-workers
5. High starting salary
6. Chance to improve the community
7. Recognition for performance
8. Location close to home
9. Opportunity for rapid advancement
10. Diversity

NACE’s 2011 Student Survey was conducted mid-February through April 30, 2011. More than 50,000 students nationwide, including nearly 20,000 graduating seniors, took part in this year’s survey. Information in this story is based on data gathered from graduating senior respondents. A full report from the survey will be available this fall.

What kind of benefits do students and new graduates look for, according to students responding to Nace's 2011 Student Survey? (The following are listed in order of importance.)

  1. 100% employer-paid medical
  2. Annual salary increases
  3. Tuition reimbursement
  4. 401 (k) company match
  5. Family-friendly benefits
  6. Dental insurance
  7. More than two weeks of vacation
  8. Life insurance

NACE’s 2011 Student Survey was conducted mid-February through April 30, 2011. More than 50,000 students nationwide, including nearly 20,000 graduating seniors, took part in this year’s survey. Information in this story is based on data gathered from graduating senior respondents. A full report from the survey will be available this fall.

Does it pay to have a college education?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says, "The more you learn, the more you earn—and the less likely you are to be unemployed."

What is the average starting salary for a new college graduate?
There is no single average salary for all college graduates.

What are the top jobs and how much do they pay?
According to the Spring 2012 NACE Salary Survey, these are the top jobs for 2012 graduates. (Jobs are ranked by number of offers reported. Data are for bachelor's degree candidates.)

Employer Type                                                                     Average Starting Salary Offer

Business.............................................................................................................. $47,748
Communications.................................................................................................... $40,022
Computer Science.................................................................................................. $56,383
Education............................................................................................................. $37,423
Engineering........................................................................................................... $58,581
Health Sciences..................................................................................................... $43,477
Humanities & Social Sciences.................................................................................. $34,789
Math & Sciences..................................................................................................... $40,939
Overall................................................................................................................ $42,569