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  • The Industries Most Interested in Top Majors

    March 06, 2019 | By NACE Staff

    Trends & Predictions

    TAGS: hiring outlook, trends and predictions, surveys, benchmarks, spotlight

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

    Which industries are most interested in hiring specific majors at the bachelor’s degree level? Employers in the finance, insurance, and real estate industry and those in the government sector have the most interest in Class of 2019 business majors, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2019 survey.

    Large percentages of employers in these industries are targeting finance, accounting, and business administration majors. (See Figure 1.)

    Respondents also show high interest in the other top majors in demand. For example, all respondents from the information industry are hiring computer science majors, while miscellaneous manufacturers will be most active in recruiting mechanical engineers.

    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: Who is Hiring, by Industry (Bachelor’s Degree Level)

    Major

    Most Interested Industries

    % of Industry Respondents

    Finance

    Finance, insurance, and real estate

    100%

    Government

    80%

    Retail trade

    80%

    Accounting

    Government

    100%

    Finance, insurance, and real estate

    87%

    Miscellaneous manufacturing

    67%

    Mechanical engineering

    Miscellaneous manufacturing

    94%

    Chemical (pharmaceutical) manufacturing

    80%

    Computer and electronics manufacturing

    67%

    Computer science

    Information

    100%

    Miscellaneous professional services

    83%

    Retail trade

    80%

    Business administration/mgmt.

    Finance, insurance, and real estate

    87%

    Government

    80%

    Miscellaneous manufacturing

    56%

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