A study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that accounting, engineering and financial services firms handed out the most job offers to 2010 college graduates, suggesting that despite the economic downturn, those sectors still offer the most stable prospects for employment.
Retail services and wholesale trade jobs were the fourth most common type of offer, while careers in the educational sector rounded out the top five.
Of those five, financial services jobs were unsurprisingly the most lucrative, with an average salary offer of $56,367, while educational jobs, true to stereotype, were the least well-paid, with an average salary of $33,682.
Accounting and engineering jobs clustered closely in the middle, with average initial salary offers of $50,402 and $49,703, respectively.
The fourth-place ranking of retail suggests that economic weakness continues to weigh on recent college graduates, forcing them to take jobs for which they are overqualified until the economy improves.
The data come from the NACE’s Salary Survey, which is a quarterly report of offers to new graduates in 70 different bachelor’s degree disciplines.