• Press Room: Frequently Asked Questions


    What is the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)?
    Who can I call for information?
    Can you help me find human resources/staffing or career counseling professionals to interview?
    What is the average starting salary for a new college graduate?
    What are the top qualities employers look for in college graduates?
    What do college students/new grads look for in an employer?
    What kind of benefits does a student/new grad look for?
    Does it pay to have a college education?
    What does the job market look like for the Class of 2014?
    How many students will graduate this year?
     

    What is the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)?

    Established in 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is a nonprofit association that links college career services professionals and employers of new college graduates. Its membership includes more than 3,100 colleges and universities and employer organizations nationwide.

    NACE is the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates: Throughout the year, the association surveys on data relevant to the employment of new college graduates and publishes related reports, including a quarterly report on starting salary offers and periodic forecasts for the college job market.

    NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media at http://www.naceweb.org/press-releases.aspx.

    Who can I call for information?

    You can call (610.868.1421, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern) or e-mail any of the following people:


    Can you help me find human resources/staffing or career services professionals to interview?

    Yes. We can give you the names and phone numbers of employers who recruit/hire students and new college graduates or career services professionals who work with college students.

    What is the average starting salary for a new college graduate?

    According to the April 2014 issue of NACE's Salary Survey, the average starting salary offer to a bachelor's degree candidate from the Class of 2014 is $45,473, 1.2 percent higher than the average salary to a 2013 bachelor's degree graduate.

    What are the top personal qualities employers look for in college graduates?

    The top 5 personal qualities/skills employers seek, according to NACE's Job Outlook survey, are:

    1. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
    2. Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
    3. Ability to obtain and process information
    4. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
    5. Ability to analyze quantitative data

    What do college students/new grads look for in an employer?

    Students responding to NACE's annual student survey said that when looking at a job and employers, they first consider:

    1. Nature of the work
    2. Compensation
    3. Friendly co-workers

    However, when they actually weigh a job, they consider opportunity for personal growth, job security, and friendly co-workers.

    What kind of benefits does a student/new grad look for?

    Students responding to NACE's annual student survey have made it clear that while salaries are important, benefits also matter to them. The top five benefits according to seniors are:

    1. Annual salary increases
    2. 401(k) company match
    3. Tuition reimbursement
    4. 100% employer-paid medical insurance
    5. Dental insurance

    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." They have put together this handy chart to prove the point.

    What does the job market look like for the Class of 2014?

    Results from NACE's Job Outlook 2014 Spring Update survey say they plan to hire 8.6 percent more graduates from the Class of 2014 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2013.

    How many students will graduate this year?

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,606,000 students at the bachelor's degree level will graduate as the college Class of 2014.
    Source: Projections of Education Statistics to 2014 (Table 27). 


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