Majority of Local Employers Hiring New College Graduates

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The results of the 2011 Intern & Recent Grad Pay Rates & Practices Survey, conducted by ERC and NOCHE, showed that slightly over two-thirds (67%) of Northeast Ohio employers were in the process of hiring or planning to hire new graduates for positions in their organizations. The widespread majority of employers hire these graduates for entry-level positions, though some organizations hire them for mid-level/non-supervisory roles.

According to employers, the most common criteria they look for when hiring new graduates is work experience, interpersonal/communication skills, professionalism, major, and work ethic.  Many of these factors are also used to determine salary, along with professional credentials (such as certifications and internships/co-ops).

The survey also shows that average starting salaries for recent graduates vary depending on the type of degree. An engineering degree showed the highest average starting salary, while a communications degree showed the lowest average starting salary in the survey.

Average starting salaries for college degrees

Degree Obtained

Average Starting Salary

Bachelors, Engineering


Bachelors, Management


Bachelors, Computer Science


Bachelors, Information Technology


Bachelors, Accounting


Bachelors, Sales


Bachelors, Marketing


Masters, Business Administration


Bachelors, Business Administration


Bachelors, Communications


View the Intern & Recent Graduate Pay Rates & Practices Survey

This survey reports data from Northeast Ohio employers about their internship and recent graduate employment and pay practices.

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