Employers plan to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 report. (See Figure 1.)
This year, more than one-quarter of respondents report that they also recruit college graduates for positions outside of the United States. The hiring projection for international positions is expected to increase by 3.2 percent for Class of 2015 graduates.
Overall, employers plan to hire 7.5 percent more graduates from the Class of 2015 for both U.S. and international positions than they did from the Class of 2014.
In terms of hiring expectations, the largest group of respondents expects to bring in more new college grads than they did last year, closely followed by those who expect to hold their college hiring levels steady. (See Figure 2.)
The main reasons employers cited for increasing their college hiring numbers are business need/company growth and to account for anticipated retirements.
By broad category, graduates of the business, engineering, computer and information sciences, and math and sciences disciplines are most in demand at the bachelor’s degree level, with finance, accounting, and computer science the individual majors most in demand among employers.
Data for the Job Outlook 2015 survey was collected from August 11, 2014, through October 7, 2014. A total of 260 surveys were returned for a 25 percent response rate. The Job Outlook 2015 report is available at www.naceweb.org/surveys/job-outlook.aspx or through the MyNACE area at www.naceweb.org/job-outlook/index.aspx.