Jobs for graduates

Job prospects are rosy for 2005 college graduates, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

Employers plan to hire 13.1 percent more new graduates in 2005 than they did last year, says Andrea Koncz, employment information manager at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in Bethlehem, Pa.

Recent NACE surveys point to particular demand in the fields of accounting, engineering, and computer-science, she says.

About half of graduates work in fields unrelated to their undergraduate majors. Starting salaries range from $29,400 to $35,000 for liberal arts graduates. Engineers can expect $44,300 to $50,000, computer scientists $39,300 to $47,400.

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