May 10 - College Degrees Employers Want Most

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 College Degrees Employers Want Most

Do you want to go back to school and earn a degree that employers actually want?

In their "Job Outlook 2012" report, the National a.ssociation of Colleges and Employers (NACE) uncovered which college degrees are most wanted by employers in 2012.

The report also noted that the surveyed employers said that they plan to hire 9.5 percent more new graduates between 2011 and 2012 than they did between 2010 and 2011.

New York career expert and psychologist, Eileen Sharaga, is not surprised by these numbers. "Economic reports indicate that employers are starting to hire," says Sharaga, noting that industries like accounting, finance, and computer science are seeing a bright hiring outlook.

So, how exactly do you get these employers to come after you? While there are no guarantees that a specific degree will lead to a job, it might help to know which degrees they are currently targeting.

Keep reading to learn more...


According to a recent report from the National a.ssociation of Colleges and Employers, these five degrees are in demand with employers.


#1 Degree - Finance

If numerical equations don't intimidate you, you might want to consider earning an in-demand bachelor's degree in finance.

Most Wanted: This facts and figures degree is definitely on employers' radar, with the 2012 NACE job outlook report finding that 61.3 percent of surveyed respondents intend to hire finance degree grads.

Typical Coursework: "Finance majors learn how to make financial decisions for organizations" with help from courses that cover topics like planning, raising funds, making wise investments, and controlling costs, notes the College Board, an educational organization that administers aptitude tests like the SAT.



Potential Careers & Average Annual Salaries: It's no surprise this degree is in demand with employers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, you could take a variety of career paths with this degree, including financial analyst ($87,740), personal financial advisor ($90,900), and insurance underwriter ($67,520).*


#2 Degree - Accounting

Do you like to keep an eye on your budgets and finances? Then consider studying accounting, an area that employers have their eyes on.

Most Wanted: With 59.3 percent of surveyed employers planning to hire accounting grads in 2012, according to the NACE report, accounting majors would do well to keep their calculators and spreadsheets handy after graduation.

Typical Coursework: "Accounting majors learn how to gather, record, analyze, interpret, and communicate information about an individual's or organization's financial performance and risks," says the College Board. To get a handle on these skills, you'll likely take commonly offered courses like business law, auditing, and tax accounting.


Potential Careers & Average Annual Salaries: With a bachelor's degree in accounting, you could learn the skills needed to help you pursue a career as an accountant ($70,130), auditor ($55,430), or budget analyst ($71,450).*


#3 Degree - Computer and Information Sciences

Computers, smartphones, and tech gadgets have become necessities in both our personal and professional lives. That might explain why so many employers are after techies with a degree in computer and information sciences.

Most Wanted: In fact, according to the NACE report, 59.3 percent of surveyed employers have plans to hire computer and information science grads this year.

Typical Coursework: With this degree, you'll likely learn about areas like "robotics, natural language recognition programs, artificial intelligence, programming languages, numerical analysis, and gaming technology," notes the Princeton Review's "Top 10 College Majors" list on their website. The Princeton Review is a leading provider of education support and college preparation services.



Potential Careers & Average Annual Salaries: With a bachelor's degree in this tech-savvy area, you could prepare to go after careers like network and computer systems administrator ($74,270), computer programmer ($76,010), and computer systems analyst ($82,320).* Earning a "most wanted" degree never sounded so good.


#4 Degree - Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical

When you think of robots and roller coasters, what comes to mind? Fun, excitement, innovation, and engineering... Okay, engineering might not have been your first thought, but did you know that without talented engineers and the in-demand degrees linked with them, robots and roller coasters might not exist?

Most Wanted: Finding people to help build and purpose these types of thrilling devices and machines is a high priority for employers - at least that's what stats from the NACE report seem to indicate. The report found that 51.5 and 50 percent of surveyed employers plan to hire electrical and mechanical engineers in 2012, respectively.

Typical Coursework: Electrical engineering majors "study electricity: how it works, how it's generated, and how it's used to power everything from light bulbs and radios to cell phones and robots," says the College Board. Mechanical engineering majors, on the other hand, "learn about the machines that bring convenience and excitement to our lives. They study the physics that make roller coasters loop and planes fly."



Potential Careers & Average Annual Salaries: It's no surprise that employers are after engineering grads. Depending on which bachelor's in engineering you earn - electrical or mechanical - you could be prepped to pursue careers like electrical engineer ($89,200), mechanical engineer ($83,550), and sales engineer ($97,320).*


#5 Degree - Business Administration

Leader, ambitious, problem-solver...if these are words that describe you, or terms you want to be a.ssociated with - a degree in business administration might be worth considering. And more importantly, it's a degree that employers want.

Most Wanted: Employers have their sights on students with this business degree background, notes the NACE report. To get into specifics, 48.5 percent of surveyed employers said they plan to snatch business grads to join their companies this year.

Typical Coursework: "This program prepares students to plan, organize, direct, and control an organization's activities," notes the College Board. And just how do students pick up this expertise? Probably from commonly offered courses that could include accounting, business communication, and management.


Potential Careers & Average Annual Salaries: With this "most wanted" degree, students could prepare to pursue careers like human resources specialist ($58,890), market research analyst ($67,130), and personal financial advisor ($90,900).*


Last edited by T2THEONE; 05-10-2012 at 11:26 AM..

134 comments for "May 10 - College Degrees Employers Want Most"

 6 years ago '10        #2
eightytyson06 39 heat pts39
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shoulda stayed with finance but still #5 i can dig it
 6 years ago '06        #3
datnolaboy 8 heat pts
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 eightytyson06 said:
shoulda stayed with finance but still #5 i can dig it
Co sign to the fullest
 6 years ago '04        #4
regularjoe 60 heat pts60
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#3 :celebrate0:
 6 years ago '07        #5
Damagegadget 493 heat pts493
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I got that tech and biz background..didn't finish either..but looks great on my resume with my experience
 6 years ago '04        #6
chctynig2804 2 heat pts
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i'm a finance major...only 3 semesters left thank god
 6 years ago '06        #7
Storchaveli 96 heat pts96
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 chctynig2804 said:
i'm a finance major...only 3 semesters left thank god
How's that going? Difficult?
 6 years ago '09        #8
BorrachoRenfro 1 heat pts
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Down with #5. accounting & finance are mind numbing.
 6 years ago '04        #9
infam0uskills 15 heat pts15
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Got an a.ssociates in accounting, bachelors in Finance with a minor in accounting and should have that masters in 2-3 years.

My boss is underpaying me according to that financial analyst payout
 6 years ago '05        #10
carden2 15 heat pts15
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 infam0uskills said:
Got an a.ssociates in accounting, bachelors in Finance with a minor in accounting and should have that masters in 2-3 years.

My boss is underpaying me according to that financial analyst payout
how much experience do you have at your position

my degree is cpu science and im a systems analyst.
 6 years ago '98        #11
ronnie|A 10 heat pts10
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was gonna say finance and acctg have to be up there before reading the article. Companies watching their finances more closely + tighter regulations means more demand for people in those professions. I have an acctg degree and there are a hell of a lot of jobs up here in Canada in that field.
 6 years ago '05        #12
Greece 8 heat pts
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started off with #4 but got #1 & #5
 6 years ago '08        #13
Illuminati 249 heat pts249
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I'm in accounting and hate it to death BX
 6 years ago '05        #14
Peter Griffin 3 heat pts
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 Illuminati said:
I'm in accounting and hate it to death BX
School wise or working? Does sound like a stressful field and want no part in it lol. they make good money though from what i hear.

im sticking to the medical field
 6 years ago '11        #15
PrimeTimeJones3 11 heat pts11
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i think ppl should do whats best for them...some ppl dont like numbers like that

at the same time...you want to make a nice living...

alot of experience is the meat...degrees are the icing on the cake IMO...

most companies value experience...

im trying to get a new position now yet i keep gettin told they will focus on candidates who has more experience in that area...

i respect that I do but @ the same time How can i ever get some experience if no one ever hires me or give me the opportunity to gain some?
 6 years ago '08        #16
Illuminati 249 heat pts249
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 Peter Griffin said:
School wise or working? Does sound like a stressful field and want no part in it lol. they make good money though from what i hear.

im sticking to the medical field
School wise bro. I'm in my last year and all of my profs say they ditched industry to come to teach because of how miserable and mundane the job is.

I'm too far in to go back plus I'm pushing 30 Gotta keep chugging. I wish I had chosen to become a nurse, a fulfilling job with incredible pay
 6 years ago '11        #17
PrimeTimeJones3 11 heat pts11
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 Illuminati said:
School wise bro. I'm in my last year and all of my profs say they ditched industry to come to teach because of how miserable and mundane the job is.

I'm too far in to go back plus I'm pushing 30 Gotta keep chugging. I wish I had chosen to become a nurse, a fulfilling job with incredible pay
i commend you homie...staying focused on the task....
 6 years ago '07        #18
MOTTAFOOKAH 4 heat pts
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just graduated with a degree majoring in Accounting and Finance.. had a job the week after graduation...
 6 years ago '04        #19
..AMARU.. 11 heat pts11
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I have a Masters in Economics but now working Banking
 6 years ago '10        #20
Space 2020 14 heat pts14
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#3 all day

I think number CIT is the most flexible you can get into any field since most companies have a CIT portion
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