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Employers plan on hiring grads for San Antonio jobs

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Many Texas employers are committed to hiring new grads for San Antonio jobs.

That’s according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.

More than half (53 percent) of U.S. employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2013, on par with 2012 (54 percent) and up significantly from 46 percent in 2011 and 44 percent in 2010.

According to the survey, information technology employers rank ahead of all industries with 65 percent of hiring managers and human resources professionals planning to hire recent graduates. They are followed by financial services employers (63 percent) and health care employers (56 percent). Additionally, the survey found that employers in IT and financial services are the most likely to recruit workers for hard-to-fill jobs (37 percent, each) prior to graduation.

Of employers who plan to hire recent college graduates, 27 percent expect to offer higher starting salaries than they did in 2012 with nearly half reporting that starting salaries will range between $30,000 and $49,999, but strong percentages plan to extend offers at the low and high ends of the pay scale as well:

Less than $30,000 — 25 percent
$30,000 to less than $40,000 — 29 percent
$40,000 to less than $50,000 — 20 percent
$50,000 and higher — 25 percent

Recruiters will be primarily looking for recent college graduates to fill two types of jobs: front-line customer and client facing roles such as customer service and sales, and roles that require specific technical knowledge or hard skills, such as IT, finance or health care.

IT — 26 percent (employers recruiting for jobs in this role)
Customer service — 19 percent
Finance/accounting — 16 percent
Sales — 16 percent
Business development — 15 percent
Health care — 12 percent

“New college graduates are facing a better employment situation this year, but the number of employers planning to recruit them are still trailing pre-recession estimates by more than 20 percentage points,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. “The market remains highly competitive. Those graduating with niche or technical skill sets will be in a better position to find more opportunities in higher-paying jobs.”