College Graduates With Specific Hard-To-Fill Skills Being Sought By Employers In IT, Finance and Health Care

53% of U.S. employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2013, about the same as 2012 (54%) — and up significantly from 46% in 2011 and 44% in 2010.

More than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes participated in the nationwide survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder from Feb. 11 to March 6, 2013,

According to the survey, employers in industries that generally demand more high-skill workers are also more likely to be aggressively recruiting new college graduates, with information technology employers leading the field with 65% of hiring managers and HR professionals in the IT category planning to hire recent graduates.

IT companies are followed by financial services employers (63%) and health care employers (56%).

The survey also found that employers in IT and financial services are the most likely to recruit workers for hard-to-fill jobs prior to the students’ graduation, both at 37%.

Of employers who plan to hire recent college graduates, 27% expect to offer higher starting salaries than they did in 2012, with nearly half in the survey reporting that starting salaries will range between $30,000 and $49,999.

• Less than $30,000 — 25%

• $30,000 to less than $40,000 — 29%

• $40,000 to less than $50,000 — 20%

• $50,000 and higher — 25%

Recruiters will be primarily looking for recent college graduates to fill two types of jobs: front-line customer- and client-facing roles such as customer service and sales, and roles that require specific technical knowledge or hard skills, such as IT, finance or health care.

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