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College Degrees in Most Demand: 2009

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College students graduating this year will feel the effects of the economic crisis in the job market. A survey conducted by the found that employers plan to increase their college hiring by just 1.3 percent this year over 2008, the least in six years. Take a look at which degrees have the most drawing power in the job market, according to the NACE.

College students graduating this year will feel the effects of the economic crisis in the job market. A survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that employers plan to increase their college hiring by just 1.3 percent this year over 2008, the least in six years. Take a look at which degrees have the most drawing power in the job market, according to the NACE.

(Note: Salaries are based on an average of 50 students or more, except where noted.)

Posted 25 Feb 2009


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10. Marketing/Marketing Management

Average starting salary: $43,334 »

Average starting salary: $43,334

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9. Management Information Systems

Average starting salary: $52,817 »
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Average starting salary: $52,817

(Note: Average based on a sample under 40.)

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8. Computer Engineering

Average starting salary: $59,803 »
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Average starting salary: $59,803

(Note: Average based on a sample under 20.)

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7. Information Sciences & Systems

Average starting salary: $49,167
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Average starting salary: $49,167

(Note: Average based on a sample under 20.)

6. Economics/Finance

Average starting salary: $49,794 »

Average starting salary: $49,794

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5. Business Administration/Management

Average starting salary: $45,887 »

Average starting salary: $45,887

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4. Computer Science

Average starting salary: $56,128 »

Average starting salary: $56,128

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3. Electrical Engineering

Average starting salary: $57,404 »
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Average starting salary: $57,404

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2. Mechanical Engineering

Average starting salary: $58,648 »
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Average starting salary: $58,648

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1. Accounting

Average starting salary: $48,334