Hiring Prospects Improve For College Grads

After four years in which college graduates had little job prospects, college campuses are now full of companies looking to recruit recent graduates. More companies are attending college career fairs and some new grads are receiving multiple job offers.

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Employers are expected to hire 10.2 percent more graduates from the class of 2012 than they did from the class of 2011 according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

The spring 2012 survey also revealed an increase in the average number of jobs posted by respondents, from 105 in 2011 to 116 this year. During the middle of the recession in 2009, NACE cut hiring expectations by 21.6 percent from 2008.

NACE found the degrees that are most in demand by employers are:

1. Engineering
2. Business
3. Accounting
4. Computer Science
5. Economics

Career experts from a dozen U.S. school have reported that the number of companies attending their career fairs has increased by 15 to 30 percent, according to Reuters. The University of Florida’s fall career fair had 15 percent more companies in attendance than in 2010.

Hiring is expected to be greatest in the Western half of the country, with an increase of 32.8 percent. Next is the Southeast with an increase of 18 percent, the Midwest at 7.7 percent and the Northeast at 6.6 percent.

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