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Beating a Tough Job Market: Top Entry-Level Employers for College Grads

Beating a Tough Job Market: Top Entry-Level Employers for College Grads
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Noodle Staff February 8, 2019

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The recession has affected every sector of the job market and left many over-qualified college (and grad school) graduates without jobs or a means to pay off the debts that they've accumulated. In fact, between 2009 and 2010 there was an 11% decrease in hiring; thankfully this was followed by a 22% increase between 2010 and 2011.

Luckily, many leading companies have made a conscience effort to hire recent graduates, a trend indicating the desire for fresh talent and ideas in a struggling economy. A recent study by found the top 93 entry-level employers for recent college graduates. The top ten are:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8,500 projected entry-level hires)

Teach for America (4,925 projected)

Verizon Wireless (4,250 projected)

Hertz (4,000 projected)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (3,938 projected)

KPMG LLC(2,300 projected)

Target (2,200 projected)

Ernst & Young (2,000 projected)

City Year (1,700 projected)

Aerotek (900 projected)

"We are really excited to find that so many employees are reaching out to the newest generation of business professionals," a spokeswoman said. "This news is especially exciting for new college graduates, as the last few graduating classes were faced with economy and job market woes." Collegegrad also asked employers what aspects of an application were most important. In general, companies cared about an individual's college major, interviewing and communication skills, and experience.

The top-ten majors among these recent hires are as follows:

  1. Business Administration (14.7 percent)

  2. Engineering (13.0 percent)

  3. Marketing (11.0 percent)

  4. Management (8.7 percent)

  5. Information Systems/MIS (7.8 percent)

  6. Banking/Finance (7.5 percent)

  7. Communication (6.9 percent)

  8. Computer Science (6.6 percent)

  9. Accounting (5.8 percent)

  10. Mathematics (3.5 percent)

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