11 Most Wanted Degrees in '11

Most Wanted DegreesBy Larry Buhl, Special to CareerBuilder

While the job market can't be called robust, employers say that they plan to hire almost 20 percent more four-year college graduates than they did last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Already, 41 percent of the current class who applied for a job has received at least one offer, compared with 38 percent of the Class of 2010 at this time last year.

Hiring by industry has increased in almost every sector, except for government, professional services and retail. Engineering, computer-related and "money" degrees like accounting perennially comprise the most job openings, and this year is no different. However, liberal arts and science majors also are seeing slightly better opportunities this year, according to the NACE.

Below are the bachelor's degrees that businesses told the NACE that they most demand.




1. Computer science

Of those who have applied for a job, more than 56 percent of computer science majors in the class of 2011 already have received an offer, the NACE reports. Computer software engineers who specialize in both applications and systems software are expected to have plenty of opportunities. Meanwhile, the law of supply and demand is pushing the average annual salary offer to just over $63,000, making computer science one of the best paid majors in 2011.

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2. Accounting

New graduates are finding opportunities in public accounting, management accounting, government accounting and internal auditing.

Average annual salary offer: $50,316

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3. Finance

Employment possibilities can be found in nearly every industry, but are plentiful in accounting, corporate accounting and banking.

Average annual salary offer: $53,048

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4. Electrical engineering

Electrical engineering also ranks second (after an MBA) among degrees in demand at the master's level.

Average annual salary offer: $60,646

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5. Mechanical engineering

New mechanical engineering grads enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among the class of 2011, but in some fields -- oil and gas extraction, and software publishing -- mechanical engineers are seeing especially high wage offers, according the BLS.

Average annual salary offer: $60,739

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6. Business administration and management

Business administration is one of the broadest undergrad majors, preparing students for jobs as compensation and benefits managers, marketing consultants, management consultants, general managers, financial analysts, employee relations managers and more. For those who recently graduated with a master's degrees in business administration, opportunities are even greater. MBAs are by far the most in-demand master's degree, according to NACE.

Average annual salary offer: $46,832 (for holders of bachelor's degrees)

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7. Information sciences and systems

Graduates are finding openings with computer systems design establishments, software publishing firms, data processing and hosting companies, consulting services and healthcare organizations.

Annual salary offer: $56,868

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8. Computer engineering

In addition to typical jobs of designing, constructing or operating computer systems, there are opportunities for new grads who specialize in digital systems, operating systems, computer networks and software engineering.

Average annual salary offer: $60,112

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9. Management information systems

New grads have found jobs in specialty fields such as computer systems analysis, data processing, decision support systems, and software engineering.

Average annual salary offer: $54,372

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10. Logistics and materials management

Job openings can be found in any company where there is a need to manage and coordinate the day-to-day movement of raw materials and other resources.

Average annual salary offer: $50,602

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11. Economics

Many economics majors do not go on to become practicing economists but rather find niches in accounting, general business, government, financial services, banking, education or journalism.

Average annual salary offer: $54,634

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As the saying goes, past performance is no guarantee of future results. However, the fact that these degrees have all remained in demand through several years of weak job growth should provide confidence that they'll still be in demand for the foreseeable future.


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Larry Buhl researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder.com. Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.

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richardf573

I am surpised Nursing-related jobs were not mentioned. I know a half dozen of them..and
not one of them is working 40 hours a week. All get overtime (or work a 2nd job) because
of, what they tell me, is a shortgage

July 18 2011 at 4:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ccdae5

Go Engineering!

July 06 2011 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hardestyflossie

I'll have to tell the Grandsons about this. The only grandaughter just graduated from Harvard School of Medicine.

July 06 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hardestyflossie

I'll have to tell the Grandsons about this. The only grandaughter just graduated from Harvard School of Medicine.

July 06 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ccdae5

Should be ok until Obamacare kicks in and all doctors have to work in government clinics for peanuts.

July 06 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Nightembraced

If it's done right there will know real problem but that's only if people do their homework and ask the right questions.
The way the Heatlh Care is today, its not working the way it should and there has to be a change.
There to many people without Health Care and that should not be for a country like ours.

August 05 2011 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
kennlrs

I went to college and studied art, music, literature, philosophy. I was employed as an engineering illustrator or graphic artist in the aerospace industry and the state government. So it sort of tied art and engineering and writing (I liked to write and self-published books about UFOs and why they came). I think that the UFOs are related to the intelligent creation, forming, measuring, and designing of our planet by an intelligent Creator cited in the Bible. The intelligent designs came first and then aeon's-long evolving and measuring so that our world would fill up the measures of its creation. I don't think there is any conflict between the natural and spiritual worlds--they may be opposite sides of the same coin.

July 06 2011 at 7:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Thelma Owens

Very interesting. This is my take:
I am Life
I am Truth
I am Light
I am LOVE
I am a Spiritual being having a human experience,
please forgive my many mistakes.

July 12 2011 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
W.J.

Sad state of affairs, when the Health Professions didn't make the list.

July 06 2011 at 7:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
skipget

These salares pale when compared to what the government pays.

July 06 2011 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davehyland

I respect each major but a true liberal arts education is much more durable in the long run. A liberal arts education opens more doors and as the graduate grows into true adulthood, I believe it is essential that they know a fair amount about many disciplines. I know I will be criticized for saying it but a $150K - $300K education ought not end with a student who is an imperfect expert in one field of endeavor. Go ahead. Let me have it but I have seen what I have seen as a NYC hiring manager for over 10 years. I almost automatically gravitated toward the more well-rounded educational background of potential new hires. They can learn anything. How could you do better than that?

July 06 2011 at 6:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Keith

A liberal arts degrees have some advantages, but also some disadvantages. There is no perfect degree. The degree is just a piece of paper that says you have the ability to learn.

July 06 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ccdae5

What do you hire them to do?? I need engineers and scientists who can deal with numbers, logic, design, and applications. A well-rounded liberal arts education is cute but what can they produce?

July 06 2011 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blnllwhite

Parents:.
Do not pay for college if you baby is not taking classes in something besides basket making.

July 06 2011 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blnllwhite

If 41% recived a job offer. I think that means 59% did not!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 06 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wtsang02

"41 percent of the current class who applied for a job has received at least one offer"
@blnllwhite. reread this ...

December 19 2011 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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