Survey Shows Accounting, Engineering Majors Most Successful at Finding Jobs

new-graduate-150x150 According to the preliminary results of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2009 student survey accounting and engineering graduates are doing better this year at securing jobs.

Thirty-eight percent of bachelor’s-degree-level accounting grads that have applied for jobs already have one, while 23 percent of bachelor’s-level engineering grads who have applied have also found a job. In comparison, overall just 19 percent of this year’s grads who have applied for jobs have already secured one. Last year at this time, 25 percent of grads who had applied for a job had one in hand.


Approximately 19 percent of college seniors who have applied for a full-time job have obtained one, according to more than 11,000 graduating bachelor’s-degree-level seniors who have responded to NACE’s 2009 Student Survey so far. By comparison, 25 percent of seniors who had applied for a job had landed one at this time last year.

To date, more than 25,000 students have responded to the survey, including more than 11,000 graduating seniors. The survey is open until April 30.

Who Is Hiring?


  • Accounting (public)
  • Financial Services
  • Utilities
  • Government (Federal)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Government (Federal)
  • Chemicals & Allied Products
  • Food & Beverage Processing

Electrical Engineering

  • Government (Federal)
  • Electrical & electronic machinery & equipment manufacturers
  • Chemicals & allied products

Computer Science

  • Computer software development & data processing services
  • Communication Services Government (Federal)

Business Administration/Management

  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage Processing
  • Government (Federal)