The study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce used online job ads to check the health of college labor markets around the nation. Lead author and center director Tony Carnevale said the number of jobs posted online has grown by about 2 million since the economic recession, but he said employers today prefer candidates with specialized degrees.
“The texture of what employers are looking for is changing,” he said, “in the sense that they are much more focused on specialization and degree specialization.”
In New York, the report found, 61 percent of jobs advertised online required a college degree. The state ranked 22nd in the nation for its college labor market – ahead of South Carolina and Rhode Island, but behind Massachusetts, Delaware and Washington.
Researchers found that New York lags behind most states when it comes to jobs in health-care services – a major employer nationwide – and falls in the middle for sales and finance jobs. But Carnevale said prospects are strong for college grads with degrees in engineering and science.
“They care what you majored in in college, as much as they care whether or not you went,” he said. “This is data from the horse’s mouth. This is the employers telling us what they’re looking for.”
The report analyzed 5 million online job postings from around the nation. Massachusetts had the top-ranked job market for college grads, and West Virginia ranked at the bottom.
PHOTO: Online job listings show a mixed outlook for college graduates in New York, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Photo credit: Qi Le/Flickr
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