good news for the class of 2011

For my friends graduating this year, the future is even brighter than we thought. According to a recent article by U.S. News and World Report, the job prospects for soon-to-be college grads are looking up.

Job growth for soon-to-be college graduates is stronger this year than last in nearly every industry sector, says Edwin Koc, director of strategic and foundation research at NACE. Last week, the Bethlehem, Pa.-based organization released that about 53 percent of employers surveyed intend to hire more college graduates from the class of 2011 than from the previous year, a jump from less than 50 percent who reported they would in a fall survey.

Not only is recruiting on the rise, salaries are too. The article states that NACE “reported that average starting salary offers to college seniors were up about 3.5 percent from the same time last year.”

Granted, the job market is still extremely competitive, especially for those fresh out of school. Positions are few and qualified applicants are many. The article does cite the caveat that the improvement in the job market isn’t necessarily indicative of a complete recovery. However, it is a positive sign for those looking to enter the workforce in the near future — and, if the upward trend continues, those graduating after us.