In 2016, Employers Want Business & Tech Grads, Not Readers of Othello or Grapes of Wrath

Employers Are Looking to Hire Class of 2016 Business and Technical Grads

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December 9, 2015

from NACE via Robert Wenzel

Among Class of 2016 bachelor’s degree graduates, those from the business, engineering, and computer science disciplines are most in demand by employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 survey.

Sixty-nine percent of these employers anticipate hiring graduates from the business disciplines, while 67 percent plan to hire engineering graduates and 58 percent expect to hire computer and information sciences graduates. (See Figure 1.)

The top majors in demand are also from these three disciplines and include accounting, computer science, finance, business administration/management, and mechanical engineering. (See Figure 2).

The Job Outlook 2016 survey was conducted from August 5, 2015, through September 13, 2015, among NACE employer members. A total of 201 NACE employer members participated in the survey—a 20.1 percent response rate.

NACE members can access the Job Outlook 2016 report through MyNACE.

Figure 1: Top bachelor’s degrees in demand, by broad category

Broad Category # of respondents that will hire % of respondents that will hire
Business 125 69.4%
Engineering 120 66.7%
Computer & Information Sciences 104 57.8%
Math & Sciences 50 27.8%
Communications 40 22.2%

Source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Figure 2: Top bachelor’s degrees in demand, by major

Major # of respondents that will hire % of respondents that will hire
Accounting 98 54.4%
Computer Science 97 53.9%
Finance 91 50.6%
Business Administration/Management 86 47.8%
Mechanical Engineering 83 46.1%
Information Sciences and Systems 75 41.7%
Management Information Systems 73 40.6%
Electrical Engineering 71 39.4%
Logistics/Supply Chain 67 37.2%
Economics 64 35.6%
Marketing 64 35.6%

Source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers

– See more at: http://www.naceweb.org/s12092015/employers-want-business-technical-graduates.aspx?terms=top%20degrees%20in%20demand#sthash.tFmOKcBj.dpuf

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