Latest JSU Graduates Likely to Benefit
from Healthy Job Market
By Sara Polsky
Star Staff Writer
A stronger job market has eased the transition from the classroom to the
workplace for members of Jacksonville State University’s class of 2007.
“My sense is that … the job market is better, absolutely better” than it has
been in recent years, said Janet White, director of JSU’s Career Placement
The strong job market for JSU grads reflects a nationwide trend. Due to
business growth, employers planned to hire 19.2 percent more new graduates this
year than they did from the class of 2006, according to an annual job outlook
survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Job prospects were
even better for students hoping to work in the South, where employers expected a
25.5 percent increase in hiring, the NACE survey found.
White said her office does not yet have job placement statistics for 2007
graduates, since students come to the placement office when they’re looking for
jobs but often don’t report back once they’ve found them.
But White said she’d seen increased recruiting by the federal government,
particularly the Department of the Treasury and the Defense Contracting
Management Agency, at JSU this year. Honda also continued to recruit a
significant number of JSU students.
Demand for technology and engineering majors, computer science majors, and
teachers remained high this year, and White said she also saw increased demand
for accounting majors.
Jason Webb, an Oxford resident who graduated from JSU this year with a major
in accounting, said he’d had a fairly easy time getting his job as an accountant
with the Treasury Department in Birmingham.
The career placement office at JSU set up Webb’s interview with the Treasury
Department, and he said two of his professors also helped him prepare for the
The process seems to have gone equally smoothly for Webb’s peers in the
“I don’t know of anyone who has had a hard time finding a job,” he said.
New graduates, particularly those who majored in accounting, economics, and
management information systems, also can expect higher salaries for entry-level
positions, according to a NACE report on salaries released this month.About
About Sara Polsky
Sara Polsky is an intern for The Anniston Star. A
native of Summit, N.J., Sara graduated in May from Harvard University.
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