New grads report better job market, higher salaries
Westernís most recent annual survey of recent graduates offers good job market news for seniors.
The class of 2011-12 reported in an annual survey by the Career Services Center that the job market appears to be improving after the past few years of economic volatility:
- 80 percent of bachelorís degree recipients were employed within six months of graduation, compared to 75 percent the previous year.
- 51 percent were employed in their field of study, compared with 47 percent the year before.
- Average starting salaries were up a significant 17 percent, increasing to $38,741 in this latest survey.
Top employers of recent Western bachelorís degree graduates include: Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, AmeriCorps, Nordstrom, Target, Costco, Ernst and Young, Starbucks, and the Bellingham School District.
The value of internship experience was again supported by this yearís survey results. Graduates with internship experience were 23 percent more likely to be employed within their field of study, were 7 percent more likely to have a job within three months of graduation, and had a 5 percent higher starting salary.