College students who major in economics and computer science are most likely to get a job offer before graduation, a survey says. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / June 6, 2013)

Computer science and economics majors outrank all other majors when it comes to getting job offers before graduation, according to a recent report.

More than two-thirds of students who study computing received at least one offer before getting their diploma last year, according to a survey from the National Assn. of Colleges and Employers. About 62% of economics graduates got at least one offer as well.

They are followed by students who studied accounting (61.2%), engineering (59%) and business administration (54.3%).

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Clustered at the bottom are primarily humanities majors: only 27.8% of visual and performing arts majors got a job offer before graduation last year, while 28.9% of education students did.

And now for the good news: average starting salaries for all college graduates last year jumped 2.6% to $45,633, led by business and communications students.

In fact, the association recently reported in a separate survey that average starting salaries for students who graduated last year climbed 2.9% for those who studied humanities and social sciences, and only 1.1% for those who majored in math and sciences (although math and science majors still had a higher overall salary).


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