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Job Outlook Bright for 2013 College Graduates

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The University of South Carolina released its summer job outlook today. The University of South Carolina released its summer job outlook today.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

South Carolina's improving unemployment rate isn't just good for people looking for work. It's also means a more promising future for soon-to-be graduates across the state.

The University of South Carolina released its summer job outlook today, and it shows promise. Tom Halasz, director of the USC Career Center, says hiring this spring has continued.

The fields with the most job opportunities include technology, engineering, accounting, computer science, supply chain management, sales, management and health care.

"Full-time job postings at USC's Career Center are up 32 percent over 2012, while internship postings are up 38 percent," Halasz says. "Both job and internship postings are at all-time record levels, and students are finding opportunities throughout the state, locally and nationally."

In addition to record electronic job and internship postings, the Career Center saw more employers attending its career fairs. Employers recently surveyed by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) say they expect to hire 2.1 percent more college graduates from the Class of 2013 than they did from the Class of 2012.

Another positive sign for the Class of 2013 is that average salaries are expected to rise. NACE's April 2013 Salary Survey says annual pay is expected to increase 5.3 percent. The report shows the overall median starting salary for a graduate earning a bachelor's degree has risen to $44,928 for the Class of 2013 from the final median salary of $42,666 for the Class of 2012.

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