A Snapshot of the College Class of 2013 [Infographic]

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This infographic provides an excellent breakdown of what the graduating college class of 2013 looks like.

It can be scary time for any new college grad when they are hunting for their first job in the real world. Fortunately the class of 2013 is 13% more likely to find work than 2012 university graduates. For those entering the workforce, it is useful to know what the best available jobs are out there. Software developer is the best job option for 2013 graduates, with accountant coming in a close 2nd. Not surprising, the highest paying major for 2013 graduates is computer engineering. The average starting salary for computer science majors is a whopping $70,000!

Job location is another important decision when it comes to recent college grads. Students want to be in cities they find attractive but also have to find cities they can actually work in. Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis are all in the 10 best cities for new college grads and top 10 cities that college grads find most attractive.

College grads tend to be less picky than experienced workers when it comes to employer benefits, yet there are a few things they look for. Annual salary increases are the number one benefit that college grads are looking for. College graduates know they are starting at the bottom of the totem pole, so they want to be assured they will be respected and rewarded over time with a company. Even though it can be nerve-wracking trying to lock down that first post college job, graduating students in 2013 have a very promising market out there.

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How many college students will graduate this year?

An estimated 1.8 million students from the Class of 2013 will earn a bachelor’s degree

What does the job market look like for college graduates from the Class of 2013?

Employers expect to hire about 13% more graduates from the Class of 2013 than they hired from the Class of 2012

Unemployment rate for young college grads (age 21-24):

2007 5.8%


2012 8.8%

Underemployment rate for young college grades (age 21-24):

2007 9.9%

2012 18%


10 Best Jobs For A College Grad In 2013

  1. Software developer
  2. Accountant / auditor
  3. Market research analyst (marketing specialist)
  4. Computer systems analyst
  5. HR, training and labor relation specialist
  6. Network / computer systems administrator
  7. Sales representative (wholesale, manufacturing, technical, scientific)
  8. Information security analyst (web developer / computer network architect)
  9. Mechanical engineer
  10. Industrial engineer

9 Highest Paying Majors For A College Grad In 2013

MAJOR Average starting salary / year

  1. Computer engineer $70,400
  2. Chemical engineer $66,400
  3. Computer science $64,400
  4. Aerospace $64,000
  5. Mechanical engineering $62,900
  6. Electrical engineering $62,300
  7. Civil engineering $57,600
  8. Finance $57,300
  9. Construction science $56,600


10 best cities for new college graduates in 2013

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • St. Louis
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.

Top 10 cities that college graduates find most attractive

  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Philadelphia
  • Seattle
  • Minneapolis
  • San Francisco
  • Chicago
  • Las Vegas
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Denver


When looking at jobs and employers, what do college graduates initially consider?

  • Nature of the work
  • Compensation
  • Friendly co-workers

When seriously considering a job, what do college graduates take into account?

  • Opportunity for personal growth
  • Job security
  • Friendly co-workers


  1. Annual salary increases
  2. Company match for 401(k)
  3. Tuition reimbursement
  4. 100% employer-paid medical insurance
  5. Dental insurance


  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate verbally
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to obtain and process information
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work


51% of college graduates plan to move to a new apartment after school

Of those planning to move, 75% of college graduates are relocating outside of their college town

80% of college graduates would relocate to a city where they can find a job rather than moving to their favorite city

Most popular size apartment for college graduates: 2 BEDROOMS

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