Best and worst jobs for recent college graduates

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – We’ve got your back with a look at some of the best jobs for graduates. It is college graduation season. Computer and IT majors, there’s good news for you. Communications and liberal arts majors, not so much.

The stage at Yale is all set up already. Their graduation is two weeks from today. Other schools are holding theirs even sooner. But once those grads leave here and head out into the real world, what are their job prospects?

Well, better than last year, according to a survey by They asked more than 2,000 hiring managers, and 67% of them said they plan to hire recent college graduates. That’s up from 65% last year. More than a third of those managers said they plan to offer this year’s grads higher pay than they did last year’s crop.

The spokesman for the Better Business Bureau says one section of the economy that seems to be doing nothing but growing is healthcare.The baby boomers are getting older, and living longer. Another growth industry is information. We are in the information age, after all, and if you can do something with all that info, you’ll have a good job.

“For example, a data analyst can make more than $120,000 starting salary. IT specialists, computer specialists of all type. Data is everywhere, and the folks who analyze it and handle it are making tremendous amounts of money,” said Howard Schwartz, Better Business Bureau.

Liberal arts, communications, and yes, journalism, are among the majors least likely to get you a job. Those employment numbers are down in the single digits on this survey.

Another concern is that almost a quarter of the hiring managers surveyed feel colleges and universities are not adequately preparing students for the real world. That’s up from 21% last year.

The Millennial generation has gotten a bad reputation in the corporate world for being entitled and unmotivated. But remember, these grads were starting high school as the economy was collapsing in 2008, so they know a lot about financial uncertainty and they crave stability in the workplace. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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