The degrees employers plan to hire in 2016

Computer science is in high demand

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) asked employers what degrees they are looking for in 2016—and what that means for soon-to-be grads, Susan Adams writes in Forbes.

NACE surveyed about 200 companies regarding their 2016 hiring plans and asked what degrees the company wanted recent grads to hold. Many respondents were large Fortune 500 companies, such as Macy's and Aetna.

NACE broke down how many companies were planning on hiring graduates with certain degrees in 2016 and ranked the top fields of study in demand for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree holders.

The 10 best-paid jobs in America have one thing in common: higher education

The top 10 bachelor's degrees–and the number of companies who were planning on hiring a graduate with that degree—are:

1. Accounting (98);
2 .Computer science (97);
3. Finance (91);
4. Business administration/Management (86);
5. Mechanical engineering (83);
6. Information sciences and systems (75);
7. Management information systems (73);
8. Electrical engineering (71);
9. Logistics/Supply chain (67); and
10. 9. Economics (64).

The top master's degrees and number of companies planning on hiring someone with those degrees are:

1. Computer science (49);
2. Electrical engineering (35);
3. Mechanical engineering (34);
4. Information sciences and systems (33); and
5. M.B.A. (32).

And finally, the most in-demand doctoral degrees and number of companies planning on hiring a graduate with those degrees are:

1. Electrical engineering (12);
2. Computer science (9);
3. Software engineering (8);
4. Computer engineering (7); and
5. Mechanical engineering (7).

STEM dominates again

Clearly, traditional wisdom holds—computer science and STEM fields topped the lists, along with business degrees such as accounting and business administration.

The 10 best-paid jobs in America have one thing in common: higher education

At first look, this list may spell despair for humanities or social science majors—but no social service or governmental agencies were included in the survey. These organizations hire many social workers and social science graduates, and their absence may have skewed these results towards STEM degrees, which are overwhelmingly represented in the NACE survey (Adams, Forbes, 11/25; NACE release, 11/19).

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