Job Market Outlook for Graduates

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Job prospects for the estimated one-point-four (m) million people who will earn college degrees this spring are looking good.

According to the global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, the entry-level job market will probably be the best since the dot-com collapse in 2001. C-G-and-C says the 416-thousand jobs added in January and February means even non college-grads will benefit as they seek summer work and internships.

In addition to strong job growth and falling unemployment, this year's college graduates should be encouraged by a survey that found employers plan to hire 14 and a-half percent more new college graduates than a year ago.

The survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds that several fields will see increased starting salaries. They include economics-finance, accounting, business management and
civil engineering.

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