Job Offer Rate Improves for Class of 2014 Thanks to Liberal Arts Majors

Posted October 06, 2014 by

National Association of Colleges and Employers logoThere is good news for graduates in the class of 2014.  From last year to this year, the job offer rate has seen an improvement of about two percent.  Learn more in the following post.

The full-time job offer rate for graduating seniors who applied for a job has improved for the class of 2014, according to results of a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s 2014 Student Survey found that, overall, the percentage of seniors who applied for a job and received at least one offer increased from 45.9% in 2013 to 47.9% in 2014. Surprisingly, the improvement appears to be totally located among students majoring in some of the weakest academic areas emerging from the recession, the liberal arts and sciences and education.

The majors showing the greatest level of improvement in offer rates are visual and performing arts (15.4 percentage points better than for the class of 2013), education (11.5), communications (9.5), environmental science (7.5), and mathematics (6.8). This is likely attributable to improvement in the national education market, where graduates from most of these disciplines are traditionally employed.

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