Job opportunities on the rise: Five things new college grads should know

Thanks to improved job opportunities, this year’s crop of college graduates won’t have to hit the pavement quite as hard as their counterparts did in the past few years. Read our breakdown of hiring and salary prospects for various industries, college majors, and skill sets.

3. Got these skills?

The skills and qualities ranked as most important by employers in the NACE survey: Verbal communication, decisionmaking and problem-solving, planning and prioritizing, processing information, and analyzing quantitative data.

Haven’t gotten around to mastering the arts of tweeting and blogging? Don’t worry too much yet. Only 7 percent of employers surveyed by Michigan State list social-media literacy as a necessary skill for entry level hiring, and 13 percent say it’s a preferred skill.

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