CareerBuilder and Harris Poll recently teamed up to conduct a survey of private sector hiring managers and human resource professionals in a variety of industries and company sizes. The good news is that 67 percent of employers reported that they plan to hire recent college graduates--up from 65 percent last year. The pretty good news is that 37 percent also plan to offer higher pay to recent college graduates than they did last year.

Of course, some grads are more valuable to potential employers than others. Here, according to the survey, are the college majors that are most in-demand--where does your major rate?

  • Business: 35%
  • Computer and information sciences: 23%
  • Engineering: 18%
  • Math and statistics: 15%
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences: 14%
  • Communications technologies: 11%
  • Engineering technologies: 11%
  • Communication and journalism: 8%
  • Liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities: 7%
  • Science technologies: 7%
  • Social sciences: 6%
  • Biological and biomedical sciences: 6%
  • Architecture and planning 6%
  • Education: 5%

The CollegeBuilder/Harris survey also found that many companies are concerned that recent college grads fall short in a variety of different ways. Specifically...

  • Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real-world learning: 47%
  • I need workers with a blend of technical skills and those skills gained from liberal arts: 39%
  • Entry-level roles within my organization are more complex today: 25%
  • Not enough focus on internships: 13%
  • Technology is changing too quickly for an academic environment to keep up: 13%
  • Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs: 11%

And although the majority of businesses (67%) report that they will negotiate a salary offer with a prospective recruit, the survey found that starting salaries for recent college grads will fall within the following levels:

  • Less than $30,000: 25%
  • $30,000 to $39,999: 28%
  • $40,000 to $49,999: 20%
  • $50,000+: 27%