For new graduates, ‘entry-level job’ can mean many things
By Jay Keller
New research from a nationwide online survey of more than 2,000 employers conducted by CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive asked companies which college majors were the hottest, what they’d pay new graduates and what employers are willing to negotiate.
“College students who are graduating in business, technology and health-related majors will have an advantage in terms of the volume of opportunities available today,” CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson said in a statement. “However, other majors such as liberal arts and sciences are also attractive to employers as they look for individuals with strong communications and critical-thinking skills.”
Nearly half of employers surveyed reported plans to pay recent college graduates a salary range between $30,000 and $49,999 while only one in four planned to pay more than $50,000.
CareerBuilder also analyzed active job listings for entry-level positions to determine the hottest industries, occupations and locations for the graduating class of 2013.
For the sake of the study, CareerBuilder defined an entry-level job as requiring two years of experience or less and requiring a two-year or four-year college degree or equivalent certification.
The advertising industry outpaced the field with over 55 percent of the active jobs with at least 1,000 listings in March.
Other industries showing the largest year-over-year growth for entry-level jobs were computer software, accounting/finance, hospitality, automotive, sales/marketing, training, charitable, retail and healthcare.
Registered nurse ranked as the top entry-level occupation with the most active job listings, followed by sales rep, accountant, customer service rep and industrial engineer.
Retail salesperson placed sixth on the list, followed by health services manager, physical and occupational therapists and computer support specialist.
So, where should recent college grads plan to look for work? CareerBuilder data shows four cities with a lot of promise: Phoenix, Minneapolis, Boston and Tampa.
Other market areas with the most year-over-year growth for entry-level jobs, according to CareerBuilder, include San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia, Orlando, Houston and Dallas.
When it comes to negotiations, one in four employers said they’d consider increasing starting salaries.
Employers also said they’d be open to negotiating a flexible schedule, job-related academic reimbursement, bonus, smartphone costs, relocation options and telecommuting costs.
“More than half of employers reported they plan to hire recent college graduates this year,” Ferguson added.