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Posted October 22, 2012 by

Top 4 Industries for Those With Associate’s Degrees

Government buildings in Washington, D.C.

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According to a recent survey of nearly 5,000 associate degree studentsthe overall top industries for this student group to begin their careers were government, human services, social services, and then education.

“The interest in government as a career option is particularly noteworthy,” writes NACE’s director of strategic and Foundation research Ed Koc. “However, when one considers the large percentage of associate degree students who are majoring in healthcare and social work [a combined 36 percent] and those who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education, the result is less surprising.” (more…)

Posted April 18, 2012 by

Best Fields for 2012 Grads Are Accounting, Finance, Engineering, and Computer Science

As the economy continues to slowly improve, so do the prospects for entry-level job candidates who are expected to benefit from companies’ need to rebuild “bench strength” after cutting millions of workers during the recession. However, while this year’s crop of 1.7 million college graduates should fare slightly better than last year’s, the job market will remain fiercely competitive, according to a new outlook from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The college graduates who are likely to have the most success are those with the flexibility to go wherever the jobs are and those seeking positions in the occupations expected to see the most growth over the next decade. Among the top fields are accounting and finance, engineering, computer science, sales and marketing, elementary education, and health care and social services. (more…)