College students in search of a major, take note: New research from CareerBuilder and Emsireveals there are certain degree programs that aren’t producing enough graduates to keep up with labor market demand. Translation? Earning a degree from one of these programs means you’ll be in high demand once you enter the workforce.
The programs highlighted in the study are undersupplying workers for occupations that already see big gaps between the number of jobs posted and the number of hires companies make each month. For example, 157,591 people graduated with degrees in computer and information sciences in 2014. On average, from January 2015 to January 2016, 689,685 computer and information technology jobs were posted each month in the U.S. However, the average number of hires was only 209,035 – leaving a gap of 480,650 positions.
Which fields are affected?
It’s no surprise that STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are feeling the impact of a low supply of graduates. What is surprising, perhaps, are the other fields dealing with this issue, including human resources management, economics, legal assistants/paralegals and graphic design.
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