New survey shows employers are more likely to hire college graduates

New survey shows
Posted at 5:41 PM, Apr 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-29 17:41:00-04

Tallahassee, Fla (WTXL) -  As graduation day approaches, many college students have future employment on their mind. A new survey by Harris Polls and Career builder shows that employers are more likely to hire college graduates this year.

The study reports that 57% of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates in 2014. This number is up 4% from last year. 56% of these companies also admitted that they expect to pay these graduates a salary of $40,000 or less.

The study assessed over 2,000 hiring managers across multiple industries. 39% of these employers say they look for business majors, followed by 28% who want computer and science majors, and 12% who look for communications technology graduates. The same survey also says that employers are expecting more from new employees in entry-level positions.

Many colleges and universities are placing more emphasis on student's work experience, as well as education to help better prepare them for the workforce. Larry Dennis, dean of the College of Communication & Information at Florida State, says that they place heavy importance on students gaining work experience while they're in school. Dennis believes that requiring students to complete internship programs make them look more appealing to future employers.