Where the Jobs Are

486064_503207893068833_2072653850_nYour daughter or grandson wants to get hired right out of college, without a lot of job hunting. So what degree should you recommend that they pursue?

Recently, the National Association of Colleges and Employers published a list of the top ten degrees for getting hired in this new year—that is, the degrees that make a young person most desirable to employers. The NACE links college career placement offices with employers, so it’s in a unique position to measure the desirability of different types of college training.

At the top of the list were accounting and computer science degrees; 98% and 97% of large companies are interested in hiring people with those credentials. Next came finance (91%), followed by business administration/management (86%), mechanical engineering (83%), information sciences and systems (75%), management information systems (73%), electrical engineering (71%), logistics and supply chain programs (67%), economics (64%) and marketing (64%).

Notice that social sciences and humanities are not at the top of this list. The report showed that just 20% of the employers plan to hire communications majors, and 16% will hire economics majors and English literature. But the report also noted that these “soft science” graduates, plus psychology and law majors, tend to progress toward management levels as fast or faster than the specialized computer/engineering students.

Meanwhile, Forbes magazine recently asked companies to reveal the toughest jobs to fill in this new year—which means areas where people with these skills are virtually certain to be hired. Top of the list: data scientists, who can take gigantic data sets and turn them into usable information.

Closely related professions also made the list: information security analyst, electrical engineer and software engineer, followed by marketing manager and operations manager. Also on the list were health care-related jobs: home health aide, medical services manager, physical therapist and registered nurse.




About Objectively Speaking

Tom Batterman, founder of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy and Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is in the business of representing the best financial interests of his clients. Having provided objective, fee-only financial management services for over two decades, he specializes in managing the investment and related financial affairs of individuals and mutual insurance companies who do not have the time, interest or expertise to manage such matters on their own. As an objective, unbiased professional who takes on a fiduciary responsibility to his clients, he guides clients to the financial decisions they would make themselves if they had years of training and experience and the time and expertise to fully research and understand all of their options. Founded in 2010 as an outgrowth of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is a financial management solution for individuals and mutual insurance companies who recognize they do not have the time, interest or expertise to properly attend to their financial matters on their own. While there are many financial “advisors”, most of them have investment products to sell and the “advice” they provide is geared toward getting their clients to engage in a purchase. As one of the rare subset of advisors known as “fiduciary advisors”, Financial Fiduciaries does not sell any investment product so its guidance is not compromised by conflicts of interest which plague ordinary advisors. Prior to his employment in the financial industry in financial advocacy and trust positions, he worked at a private law practice in the Wausau area in the areas of estate planning, tax, retirement planning, corporate organizations and real estate. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Law School and has during his career held Series 7, 24 and 65 securities licenses. A longtime resident of the Wausau, Wisconsin Area, Tom is active in the community. He enjoys golf, curling, skiing, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s