• Salary Survey: Top-Hiring Industries

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    October 16, 2013

    Over the past year, educational services was the top-hiring industry for college graduates who earned bachelor's degrees, according to NACE's September 2013 Salary Survey.

    Employers in the educational services industry hired 452,700 new college graduates, followed by the 305,500 hired by employers in the professional, scientific, and technical services industry. (See Figure 1.)

    Employers in both the healthcare and social assistance (270,000) and the federal, state, and local government (203,500) industries hired more than 200,000 bachelor’s degree graduates.

    Rounding out the five top-hiring industries for bachelor's degree graduates was finance and insurance (95,400).

    Figure 1: Top-Hiring Industries for Bachelor's Degree Graduates


    Number of New Graduate Entrants

    Educational services


    Professional, scientific, and technical services


    Healthcare and social assistance


    Federal, state, and local government (OES designation)


    Finance and insurance


    *Source: September 2013 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges & Employers