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  • 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 5 attributes employers want to see on a college graduate’s resume?
    What do college students/new grads look for in a job?
    What constitutes a good benefits package, according to new graduates?
    Does it pay to have a college education?
    What does the job market look like for the Class of 2021?
    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:

    • Mimi Collins, director of content strategy, ext. 119
    • Kevin Gray, associate editor, ext. 139
    • Edwin Koc, director of research, public policy, and legislative affairs, ext. 164
    • Andrea Koncz, employment information manager, ext. 121

    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?

    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.

    WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 ATTRIBUTES EMPLOYERS WANT TO SEE ON A COLLEGE GRADUATE’S RESUME?

    According to NACE's Job Outlook survey, employers look for evidence of the following on a candidate’s resume:

    1. Problem-solving skills
    2. Ability to work in a team
    3. Strong work ethic
    4. Analytical/quantitative skills
    5. Communication skills (written)

    WHAT DO COLLEGE STUDENTS/NEW GRADS LOOK FOR IN A JOB?

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

    1. Opportunity to develop skills specific to the job
    2. Opportunity to develop applied skills
    3. Friendly co-workers

    However, when deciding between two otherwise equal job offers, they look at which provides for a high starting salary.

    WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD BENEFITS PACKAGE, ACCORDING TO NEW GRADUATES?

    In NACE’s annual student survey, seniors cited:

    1. Company-matched 401(k) retirement program
    2. Dental insurance
    3. 100% employer-paid medical insurance
    4. Guaranteed annual salary increases
    5. Life 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 2021?

    NACE is currently surveying on the outlook for the Class of 2021 and expects to have data available in the fall.

    How many students will graduate this year?

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,976,000 students at the bachelor's degree level will graduate as the Class of 2021.
    Source: Digest of Education Statistics (Table 318.10).