Research conducted on employer recruitment trends and job market outcomes can serve as a valuable resource for navigating your industry of choice. 

In the year 2020, the outlook of employment was severely impacted world-wide by the threats of the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, as the economy presses forward and health advances continue to be made, research has shown a drastic increase in the number of career opportunities and jobs that are now available across a variety of industries in the country and global market. 

As you explore your industry and navigate your career, below are some useful resources related to current employer recruitment trends. 


Collegiate Employment Research Institute 
Phil Gardner, Recruiting Trends survey author and director of MSU’s Collegiate Employment
Research Institute, reported in the 49th annual report that the job market was strong for college
graduates for the 10th consecutive year. The 50th annual Recruiting Trends report is scheduled
for Fall 2020, and may have a very different story to tell (, 2021).

The National Association of Colleges and Employers 
NACE’s First-Destination Survey captures information regarding how new college graduates
fare in their careers within six months of graduation. The annual initiative provides clear,
concise, and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education on a national
scale (, 2021).

Center on Education and the Workforce 
The CEW conducts research in three core areas with the goal of better aligning education and
training with workforce and labor market demand: jobs, skills, and people. See more in About the
CEW (, 2021)

Employment Trends

Click on each image below to see an Infographic for Employment Trends focusing on specific industry areas:

General Employer Recruitment Trends


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Nursing Majors