College grad job outlook up in some fields

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by STEVE ALBERTS / KVUE News

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Posted on May 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

College grads will soon flood a job market already facing nearly 10 percent unemployment.

“They have had to look a little further, and it’s taken them a little longer to find the jobs,” said Linda Carpenter Assistant Dean, University of Texas School of Nursing. 

But many graduating from the University of Texas School Of Nursing are among the lucky ones --soon to be on the front lines in hospitals.

“I do have a job in Houston at St. Luke’s hospital in ICU there,” said Vanessa Arevalo, graduate. “I am real excited about that.”

Classmate Sarah Bell is also moving to Houston for a nursing job.

"I will be working in the neurological ICU Methodist Hospital,” she said. “I was the only one hired on my floor."

For the first time in two years, the job market is looking up for new grads. A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, finds employers plan to hire 5.3 percent more new graduates than they did last year. Health care, accounting, business administration and green industry will see the most job growth.

But for those wanting to be math, science and computer science teachers -- it’s a different story.

“It’s a little bit more stressful for them,” said Pamela Powell, a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT. “They wanted to have jobs before graduation.”

Powell says only 25 percent of her graduates have jobs.  She reminds them not to become discouraged.

“They really have to remind themselves on their resume who they are, where they came from, and that they are good,” said Powell.

Until the job market fully recovers, new grads need to be more aggressive, flexible and open in their job search.

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