Generation Z has a high interest in working in healthcare, technology, and fast food.

Born after 1998, Generation Z ranges from those entering high school, completing undergraduate college, and starting careers. Generation Z accounts for approximately 61 million people in the U.S. Possibility, high employer expectations, and new challenges surround Generation Z as they begin joining the workforce. 

Thirty-nine percent of Generation Z are looking to work in medicine or a health-related field which explains why 40 percent of the top ten companies Generation Z want to work for are in this field.  

More than 60 percent of Generation Z's top employers are global entities which is consistent with 74 percent of Generation Z stating international experience (e.g., travel and working with global clients/colleagues) is an important aspect of potential employers.  

The presence of technology companies on the list isn't a surprise especially since three-quarters of recent college graduates report having majored in a STEM-related field. Generation Z is the first generation to shift the tide toward STEM-related fields of study and seems poised to close the STEM gap. 

Top 25 Preferred Employers of Generation Z (2017 Rank)

  1. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (#2)
  2. Google (#1)
  3. Local Hospital (#3)
  4. Amazon (#11)
  5. Walt Disney Company (#4)
  6. Apple, Incorporated (#6)
  7. FBI (#5)
  8. BuzzFeed (#9)
  9. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (#10)
  10. Health Care Service Corp. (#12)
  11. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (#7)
  12. NASA (--)
  13. Mayo Clinic (#13)
  14. Netflix (#18)
  15. Microsoft (#14)
  16. U.S. State Department (#16)
  17. DreamWorks Animation SKG (#19)
  18. SpaceX (--)
  19. Nike (#15)
  20. Universal Studios (#17)
  21. The New York Times (#23)
  22. Atlantic Health Systems (#25)
  23. Instagram (#21)
  24. Chick-fil-A (--)
  25. Boeing (#24)


The NSHSS 2018 Career Interest Survey captures the voices of more than 16,000 high school students (71%), college students (25%) and post-college / other (4%) that represent every ethnicity. Participants in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were surveyed. 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is a distinguished academic honor society, recognizing, and serving the highest-achieving diverse student scholars that represent the most promising diverse talent for the emerging workforce. 

Published on: Aug 6, 2018