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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.
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:
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.
NACE reports on average starting salary by discipline and by degree level (bachelor's, master's, and doctoral); we report projected salaries (for the current class) as well as final salaries (for the previous year’s class). You will find current information about starting salaries for new college graduates through our press releases. You can also contact Mimi Collins or Kevin Gray for the latest data.
The top 5 personal qualities/skills employers seek, according to NACE's Job Outlook survey, are:
Students responding to NACE's annual student survey said that when looking at a job, they first consider:
However, when deciding between two otherwise equal job offers, they look at which provides for a high starting salary, the opportunity to develop job-specific skills, and the opportunity to improve the community.
In NACE’s annual student survey, graduating seniors cited:
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.
Results from NACE's Job Outlook 2017 survey indicate a positive job market for the Class of 2017. Employers taking part in the survey expect to hire more new college graduates in 2017 than they did in 2016.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,830,000 students at the bachelor's degree level will graduate as the Class of 2018.
Source: Projections of Education Statistics to 2025 (Table 21).