- Civil engineering graduates: 6.4 % increase over 2007; average offer of $51,632
- Mechanical engineering grads: 5.3% increase; offer of $57,009
- Business administration/management: 5.1% increase; average offer of $45,915
- Marketing: 4.7% increase; offer of $42, 053
- Economics majors grads: 4.2% increase; offer of $50,507
- Accounting graduates: 2.9%; average offer of $48,085
- Electrical engineering grads: 2.9%; offer of $56,910
- Finance grads: 2.8% increase; offer of $48,547
Leading the way:
- Computer science graduates: 13.1%; offer of $60,416
- Liberal Arts graduates: 2.6%; offer of $36,419
Now, all things being equal, I would just as soon have the salary offered the computer science types, but all of them are decent. It would be nice if HR folks got the higher levels, but many people come into HR from the liberal arts area. It is much better to come to HR from business admin.
If you have been laid off maybe going back to school might be the best option. There is some monetary value to having a college to degree. It would be interesting however to contrast this with trade positions such as HVAC, plumbers, etc. What are entry level wages for those positions after training in the trade? Anyone have those numbers.