College Students Rate Their Top Employers by Industry

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The AfterCollege Employer Popularity Index 2014 results represent which employers are most popular among college students and recent graduates.

The Employer Popularity Index ranks the companies students are actively following and seeking jobs and internships from.

When it comes to finding an internship or job after graduation, which companies are college students and recent grads most interested in? The AfterCollege Employer Popularity Index (EPI) is a ranking of the top employers as rated by students in the fields of technology, engineering, business, nursing, allied health, and life sciences.

These rankings are based on more than 685,000 feedback points from college students and recent grads in the United States. The EPI is unique in that it doesn't just ask students where they want to work—it ranks the companies students are actively following and seeking jobs and internships from.

“The key to a successful university recruiting program is an employer’s ability to build their brand on campus. The Employer Popularity Index is an unbiased resource for employers to measure their presence on a particular campus and even among specific departments and majors. It's no surprise Google has been rising in the ranks over the last several years as they've developed one of the most comprehensive on-campus recruiting strategies in the industry,” says Roberto Angulo, CEO of AfterCollege.

We’ve noticed a few significant trends in 2014. Some industries, like tech, have held steady for the past three years with Google, Microsoft, and Intel remaining the employers of choice. There’s been some change among engineering students, who now also rate Google as a top ten employer. Engineering students’ interest in NASA and IBM has waned, with both of these employers losing their spots in the top ten this year. Google is now the top choice employer for Business students, while in 2014 Wells Fargo lost its spot in the top five to Deloitte. The top five preferred employers for Allied Health students—Kaiser Permanente, CVS, Target, Children’s National Health, and the Mayo Clinic—have held steady for the past three years.

Top 10 Employers for Tech Students in 2014:
1. Google
2. Intel Corporation
3. Microsoft Corporation
4. IBM
5. Apple
6. Amazon
7. National Security Agency
8. Facebook
9. Hewlett-Packard
10. Cisco

Top 10 Employers for Engineering Students in 2014:
1. The Boeing Company
2. Intel Corporation
3. Lockheed Martin
4. General Electric
5. Raytheon
6. Google
7. The Aerospace Corporation
8. Apple
9. National Security Agency
10. Northrop Grumman Corporation

Top 10 Employers for Business Students in 2014:
1. Google
2. Intel Corporation
3. Target
4. JP Morgan Chase
5. Deloitte
6. Wells Fargo
7. Bank of America
8. National Security Agency
9. Apple
10. Kaiser Permanente

Top 10 Employers for Allied Health Students in 2014:
1. Kaiser Permanente
2. CVS
3. Target
4. Children’s National Health
5. Mayo Clinic
6. Stanford Health Care
7. Walgreens Pharmacy
8. Department of Veterans Affairs
9. Cedars Sinai Medical Center
10. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

If you’d like more information, I would be happy to send you a detailed breakdown of the top companies for a particular field of study or provide additional information about the Employer Popularity Index.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at pr(at)aftercollege(dot)com or 415.263.1300 extension 100.

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