College graduates still face a tough job market, though prospects and salaries are improving for those with the best skills and credentials.
Kristi Andrews, 25, moved into a full-time staff accountant job as she graduated last week because of two strong factors that make the difference for college graduates: She earned a high-demand degree, and she was a top-notch student.
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Employers say 70 percent of the most desired college degrees come from three fields:
1. Business - 31 percent
2. Computer and Information Sciences - 24 percent
3. Engineering - 17 percent
Source: CareerBulder and Harris Interactive survey
Unemployment rate ages 20-24
April 2013 13.1 percent
April 2012 13.2 percent
April 2011 14.9 percent
April 2010 17.2 percent
April 2009 14.4 percent
Source: U.S. Labor Department