Engineering Degrees Lead For Graduates Entering The Workforce

Engineering Degrees Lead For Graduates Entering The Workforce

As a new class of college graduates enter the workforce, engineering proves to be a winner.

"Engineering, overall, is always near the top in terms of demand," University of Tulsa director of career service Shelly Holly says. "And, right now MIS (Management Information Systems) is an area where there's just not enough grads for all the jobs."

Even liberal arts majors may not go looking too long, she says.

"That doesn't mean history majors will find jobs in a history-related field, but they will probably get hired," Holly says.

Despite the slow economy, some of this year's four-year grads can look forward to higher starting salaries than their predecessors received a year ago.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported recently that the health science field had the biggest rise in beginning pay at an average of $49,713, up 9.4 percent. Business posted a 7.1 percent gain to reach $54,234, while education rose 5.1 percent to $40,480 and computer science climbed 4.3 percent to $59,977.

Bringing up the rear was humanities and social sciences with a 1.9 percent increase to $37,058.