Four-in-ten Millennials expect to work in medicine or health-related fields, while 21 percent and 28 percent expect to work in technology/engineering and science, respectively.
Technology, entertainment and health care top the list of the types of companies high school and college students and young professionals most want to work, according to the eighth annual National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Career Survey.
A CareerBuilder survey released last spring found that roughly two-thirds of employers indicated plans to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 57 percent in 2014, and the highest outlook since 2007. One third said they will offer higher pay than last year.
Founded in 2002, the Atlanta-based NSHSS is a membership honor society co-founded by Claes Nobel, a member of the Swedish Nobel, of Nobel Prize fame. Its global membership, ages 15-29, represent 160 countries, but nearly all of its membership comes from the United States. The survey of 18,000 reflects attitudes toward career choices and workplace environment.
Google topped the list of the top 10 employers of choice, followed by the Walt Disney Company and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Google recently was named atop Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of the 100 best companies to work for. This week, a survey conducted by Glassdoor, ranked its CEO, Larry Page as the most popular chief executive of a large U.S. company.
Rounding out the 2015 Top 10 Employers of Choice include
6. Local hospital (write-in option)
8. Central Intelligence Agency
9. Heath Care Service Corp.
10. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Overall, hospitals or health companies are most popular among respondents, with eight employers in the top 25 list. Technology-related companies are increasing in popularity, with Intel (rank 51 in 2014 to rank 24 in 2015) and Amazon (rank 22 in 2014 to rank 11 in 2015) substantially advancing as employers of choice.
Millennials rank health-related employers and technology companies highly. Not surprisingly, these are among the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Math) majors that offer the most potential for a high-paying job, studies show. Comparatively over the past three years, NSHSS survey respondents express consistent interest in medicine/heath-related and STEM focused fields. Four-in-ten respondents expect to work in medicine or health-related fields, while 21 percent and 28 percent expect to work in technology/engineering and science, respectively. About 20 percent of respondents are interested in fields related to arts/entertainment/media and business/administration/corporate. Female respondents report more interest in the medicine/heath-related field than males (45 percent versus 26 percent).
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.