ERIC Number: ED402807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-6
Recruiting Trends 1996-97. A National Study of Job Market Trends for New College Graduates among 508 Businesses, Industries, and Governmental Agencies. Twenty-Sixth Edition.
Scheetz, L. Patrick
This study examined recruiting trends of business, industry, and government among new college graduates. Questionnaires were mailed to 4,890 employers, of which 489 returned complete responses. The survey found that new college graduates of 1996-97 can expect growth in job opportunities. An increase of 6.2 percent in job prospects and an increase of job security for new college graduates was anticipated. Shortages of new graduates are reported for the computer sciences and engineering, which also have the highest starting salaries and salary increases. Marketing and sales majors, actuaries, nurses, and transportation and logistics management majors are also sought. Career-related preprofessional experiences were favored by employers. Employers are looking for graduates with excellent communication skills and Web site, e-mail, and other technological experiences. All areas of the country reported good job prospects, with the Southeastern and Northcentral geographical regions reporting the most favorable employment opportunities for recent graduates. Women represented 41.1 percent of all new hires in 144 organizations reporting gender data, while racial and ethnic minorities represented 16.4 percent of new hires at 147 organizations reporting. Individuals with disabilities represented 2.1 percent of new hires as reported by 144 surveyed employers. A list of employers responding to the survey is included. (PRW)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employers, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Labor Market, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Recruitment, Salaries, Trend Analysis, Work Attitudes
Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University, 113 Student Services Bldg., East Lansing, MI 48824-1113 (1-5 copies $25 each, over 5 copies $12.50 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.
Note: For the 1995 25th edition, see ED 390 327.