• Preferred Industries and Key Job Factors for Associate Degree Grads

     Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    October 24, 2012

    According to the nearly 5,000 associate degree students who responded to the NACE 2012 Student Survey, the overall top industries for this student group to begin their careers were:

    • Government
    • Human services
    • Social services
    • Education

    Ed Koc, NACE’s director of strategic and Foundation research, notes that it’s somewhat surprising in that the top industries for these students are so consistent with the industry choices of their bachelor’s degree counterparts.

    “The interest in government as a career option is particularly noteworthy,” Koc writes. “However, when one considers the large percentage of associate degree students who are majoring in healthcare and social work [a combined 36 percent] and those who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education, the result is less surprising.”

    Similarities between the two student groups also can be found in the job factors they find important. In considering their potential employment offers, the nature of their work and their compensation were the two most important factors for both associate degree and bachelor’s degree students.

    In finally choosing among potential employers, the most important factors considered were the opportunity for personal growth, job security, and a good benefits package in both associate degree students and bachelor’s degree students.

    For more about the attitudes and preferences of associate degree students, see “Job Prospects for Associate Degree Graduates” in the September 2012 issue of the NACE Journal.

    NACE’s 2012 Student Survey was conducted mid-January through April 30, 2012. Nearly 48,000 college students nationwide, including 15,715 seniors at the bachelor’s degree level, took part in the survey. A report based on survey results from graduating seniors will be available later this fall.

Preferred Industries and Key Job Factors for Associate Degree Grads