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Employers want to hire grads with these in-demand majors

The Class of 2017 will graduate into one of the rosiest job markets in recent memory. But that doesn't mean they can expect the job offers to pour in.

Three-quarters of employers plan to hire recent college grads this year, up from 67 percent last year, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. That's the best outlook the site has seen since 2007. Companies expect to pay those entry-level workers more, too.

CareerBuilder polled 2,380 hiring managers and HR professionals during mid-February to early March, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.01 percentage points.

"In the current environment, where job unemployment continues to decrease and there's continued competition for sought-after skills, employers are especially attracted to college graduates, and the fresh perspective and skills they can bring to the workforce," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, in the announcement.

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A doctor examines a patient at the Community Health of South Florida in Miami.

It's not the only upbeat forecast: 86 percent of employers described the job market for new grads in their sector as good to excellent, according to a survey from Michigan State University's Collegiate Employment Research Institute. Entry-level job site CollegeGrad.com estimates hiring will be up 8.5 percent — a 15-year high.

But not all grads will find their skill set in demand. In CareerBuilder's survey, these are the most-sought-after majors, based on the percentage of employers looking to hire:

1) Business

30 percent

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2) Engineering

26 percent

3) Computer and information sciences

23 percent

4) Engineering technologies

16 percent

5) Communications technologies

13 percent

6) Math and statistics

11 percent

7) Construction trades

11 percent

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Workmen from a road construction crew guide a road milling machine in Brooklyn, New York.

8) Health professions and related clinical sciences

10 percent

9) Science technologies

9 percent

10) Architecture and planning

8 percent

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11) Communication and journalism

7 percent

12) Mechanic and repair technologies

7 percent

13) Social sciences

6 percent

14) Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities

6 percent

15) Law and legal studies

5 percent

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16) Education

5 percent