As many freshmen get ready to set foot on a university campus for the first time, thousands of summer graduates are preparing to take their first steps into the workforce. While the job market remains tough, summer graduates have some good news: they’ll fare much better in the job market than the class of 2011. Recent grads can expect an increase in job opportunities as many businesses are expanding their entry-level hiring this year, a rise of more than 10 percent over 2011.
Though jobs remain hard to come by, and more than half of young graduates are either unemployed or under-employed, jobs in some fields are projected to grow strongly through the next few years. Here are a few of the fields that recent and upcoming graduates should look to for employment, along with some of the most graduate-friendly businesses around.
Sales may have a bad reputation, but it provides a lot of opportunity for young graduates. Sales positions offer the opportunity to travel, meet new people, and quickly gain experience – three things that are perfect for a recent grad. For example, selling retirement packages to individuals and employers is an incredibly in-demand field, with more than 47,000 openings annually.
Social work can take a number of forms, from educational and vocational training, to women’s and children’s services. It can be a difficult field, but provides excellent entry-level positions with highly rewarding work. Social work is a constantly growing field, too, with a projected growth rate of 20 to 28 percent, making it an attractive entry-level field for graduates.
When they hear “information technology,” many people imagine a lonely guy stuck in a server room, but there are many aspects to the industry. There are also a great many jobs, with a lot of growth on the horizon. Even if you don’t have a math or computer science degree you can bring your education to bear in this growing field. Online job boards or staffing companies will typically be your best place to start looking. Look to recruiters who focus on technology specifically, like Kforce which has a continually updated board of quality assurance jobs around the country; you'll likely get better quality leads that fit your skill set.