Jobs Outlook Rosy for the Class of 2016

Roy Maurer

This year’s college grads will be entering a job market eager to receive them, especially those with degrees in business, engineering and computer science, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Employers said they plan to hire 11 percent more college graduates for U.S. jobs this year than in 2015, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 survey. This is a slight increase from the results of the 2015 survey, when companies indicated plans to hire 10 percent more college graduates as compared to the previous year.

Employers have a positive view of the college-graduate-hiring market overall, NACE found. This year, 42 percent of 201 respondents characterized the job market for the Class of 2016 as “very good” or “excellent.” That’s up from two years ago, when only 18 percent characterized it in those ways.

Organizations that are increasing their hiring noted company growth, the importance of building talent pipelines and the need to offset upcoming retirements as top reasons to hire minted grads.

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