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  • Employers Had Most Interest in Hiring Engineering, Business Majors in Spring

    May 04, 2016 | By NACE Staff

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    Employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 Spring Update survey expressed the most interest in hiring engineering, business, computer science, and accounting majors.

    Given the mix of employers holding NACE membership, this is not a surprising result.

    Two-thirds of respondents indicated plans to hire engineering and business majors, while one-half intended to hire computer science and accounting majors.

    Additionally, one-quarter of employers responding to the survey said they planned to hire economics, physical sciences, and communications majors.

    The Job Outlook 2016 Spring Update survey was conducted from February 10 – March 22, 2016. The survey was sent to 944 NACE members; 144, or 15.3 percent, responded. NACE members can access the Job Outlook 2016 Spring Update report through MyNACE.

    Figure 1: Hiring expectations by major

    Academic Discipline Percentage of Respondents
    Hiring Discipline
    Average Percentage of Total
    New Recruits Within Discipline
    Engineering 66.9% 47.2%
    Business 63.7% 33.5%
    Computer Science 51.6% 24.6%
    Accounting 51.6% 16.7%
    Economics 27.4% 9.3%
    Physical Sciences 24.2% 9.8%
    Communications 24.2% 7.4%
    Misc. Majors 18.5% 16.8%
    Social Sciences 16.1% 5.9%
    Humanities 14.5% 5.6%
    Education* 6.5% 72.9%
    Agriculture 5.6% 8.9%
    Health Sciences 4.8% 16.7%
    Source: Job Outlook 2016 Spring Update, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    * Of the eight respondents that are hiring education degrees, six recruit education majors exclusively, and education majors will comprise 100 percent of their total new recruits.