WTVM Editorial 5/12/17: Graduates job outlook

(WTVM) - It's that time of year again. College students become college graduates and start the adventure getting that first job.

For the Class of 2017, the outlook is brighter than it's been in years.

According to Forbes Magazine, 83 percent of almost 5,000 employers surveyed about the job market for graduates with a college degree said, yes, they would be making offers to students fresh out of school.

A high number of those companies rated the current labor market as "good" to "excellent."

The economy is improving and as it does, businesses can expand and hire more workers.

Graduates with degrees in high-demand areas like engineering, computer science, business, and accounting often find themselves choosing among several offers for their first job, many times before they even put on their graduation gown.

Knowing they have a job months or weeks before they actually graduate is impressive and no doubt eases any parents' worry about their graduate's future.

Many graduates actively plan their academic path based on hiring trends.

Forbes Magazine also reports that four out of five 2016 graduates said they researched which career fields were growing before they decided on a major or a specialized degree.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of just 2.4 percent among job seekers over age 25 with a bachelor's degree.

That's less than half the national unemployment average and another good sign for graduates.

It wasn't that long ago that college graduates faced a depressed, recession economy and a very difficult job market.

That fog has lifted and we hope every college graduate in the Class of 2017 can find their way to a fulfilling career.

General Manager Holly Steuart brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to hsteuart@wtvm.com or write to:

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