By Mary Lorenz | May 17, 2018

It’s a good time to be a new college grad, according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey.

Congratulations! You’re a college graduate! No more homework! No more 8 a.m. classes. No more cramming for exams, writing papers or sitting through three-hour lectures. Feels good, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, that feeling won’t last.

Because now, instead of worrying about how you’ll ever write 10 pages about the philosophy of Nietzsche, you get to worry about how you’ll pay rent, pay for groceries and pay off all your student loans. Cool stuff, huh?

Well, don’t start panicking just yet. Because it just so happens that your job prospects are looking pretty good this year: According to a new CareerBuilder study, 80 percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates this year.

Want more good news? The pay is pretty good, too. Nearly half of employers plan to pay new grads higher starting salaries than in previous years. Expected starting salaries for recent college graduates break down as follows:
•Under $30,000: 21 percent
•$30,000 to less than $40,000: 23 percent
•$40,000 to less than $50,000: 22 percent
•$50,000 and higher: 33 percent

The hottest industries and most in-demand majors:
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