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  • Engineering Majors Once Again Among Those Most in Demand

    February 20, 2019 | By NACE Staff

    Trends & Predictions

    TAGS: trends and predictions, surveys, benchmarks, spotlight

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    Employer demand by individual major at the bachelor’s degree level has shifted back to a mix of both business and technical degrees, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2019 survey.

    Most notably, engineering majors return to the list of majors most in demand. Last year, there were no engineering majors among the top 10; eight of the spots were filled by business majors.

    This year, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering are interspersed throughout the list. (See Figure 1.)

    Just like last year, finance and accounting are the top two bachelor’s degree majors in demand. In addition, computer science is fourth on the list and information science is seventh, the positions both held last year.

    Data for the Job Outlook 2019 survey were collected from August 1, 2018, through October 8, 2018. A total of 172 surveys were returned—an 18.5 percent response rate. The Job Outlook 2019 report is available free to members through MyNACE. Nonmembers can purchase the report through the NACE Store.

    Figure 1: Top Degrees in Demand, Bachelor’s Degree Level

    Major

    % of Total Respondents
    That Will Hire

    Finance

    64.4%

    Accounting

    61.4%

    Mechanical engineering

    56.4%

    Computer science

    55.4%

    Business administration/management

    54.5%

    Electrical engineering

    52.5%

    Information science

    51.5%

    Logistics/supply chain

    48.5%

    Management information systems

    48.5%

    Computer engineering

    45.5%

    Source: Job Outlook 2019, National Association of Colleges and Employers