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Average Salary Edges Up for 2012 Grads

September 07 2012

The average salary for 2012 college graduates with bachelor’s degrees rose to $44,259, up 1.7 percent from the class of 2011’s average salary of $43,521, according to results from a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Among broad categories, business and communications majors have the highest overall salary increase at 2.2 percent, according to NACE. Business majors from the class of 2012 currently earn an average of $51,541, while their grads in communications earn $42,286.

Separately, the University of California San Diego Extension released the fourth annual edition of its special report, “Hot Careers for College Graduates.” The study lists of 18 hot job categories that are typically within the reach of current and recent college graduates. Many of these jobs require some additional training beyond the college degree, but they do not typically require Masters or Ph.D. degrees.

The top ten hot careers for 2012 in rank order:

  1. Software Developers, Systems Software
  2. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  3. Software Developers, Applications
  4. Market Research Analysts/Data Miners
  5. Cost Estimators
  6. Database Administrators
  7. Information Security Analysts
  8. Web Developers
  9. Computer Network Architects
  10. Network and Computer Systems Admin

The study used wage and employment information gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and awarded points in four categories: The number of jobs in the field now, the 10-year projected growth from 2010 to 2020, median wage and the work environment.

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