Who’s Entering the Workforce? Top Degrees Among 2018 Kansas City College Grads


Every year, approximately 21 million students head to class on college campuses all over Kansas City and across the country. While there are literally hundreds of different majors available, it seems like students pick the same tried-and-true favorites over and over again. In fact, five of the most popular college majors students are still graduating with today include the following:


Business is currently the most common major and has been since the 1980-1981 school year. In years prior to that, education degrees were a top favorite among students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the greatest number of degrees were conferred in the field of business at a whopping 364,000 or 19%.

Health Professions

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in the healthcare industry is going to increase exponentially by 2024 and outpace all other industries in the coming years. Numbers like these make health degrees a popular choice for students across Kansas City and the U.S. Some of the most common majors include Registered Nurse, Medical Records Administrator, Physical Therapy Assisting, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing Administration, and Healthcare Facilities Administration.

Social Sciences

Social science is a branch of learning that examines our society’s institutions – for instance, structures, theoretical foundations, evolution, and interrelationships – and how they influence and are influenced by human behavior. It includes disciplines such as anthropology, geography, economics, psychology, history, political science, sociology, ethnic studies, and other areas. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 9% of college degrees are currently conferred in this area.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Graduates in these areas will have studied the sciences from a human perspective. From anatomy and physiology to human microbiology, they’ll have a deep understanding of biological and chemical systems of the human body. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 6% of college degrees are conferred in this area.


Approximately 5% of degrees are conferred in the field of engineering and that number is growing. In fact, according to the American Society for Engineering Education, degrees awarded to students graduating with a bachelor’s degree from an engineering program increased by 7.5% from 2014 to 2015, continuing a trend of annual growth since 2007.

Regardless of the industry you work in or the type of college majors you seek, there are some steps to help you successfully hire new graduates. These include:

  • Marketing your company, not just the job. Attracting this generation to your workforce means promoting your mission, business model, and company culture. So get beyond the long-winded postings about requirements and instead focus on the types of backgrounds you’re most interested in and what you can offer new college graduates as an employer.
  • Looking for soft skills. New graduates aren’t going to come with years of experience. That can make this crop of candidates difficult to evaluate. To help you in the process, assess soft skills – for instance, critical thinking, problem-solving, time management and more – so you can find the top talent you need for entry-level roles.
  • Welcoming candidates. It’s vitally important to make all candidates feel welcomed throughout the process. New graduates especially are eager, ready to learn and contribute. But you’re going to disengage them from the process if you keep them in the dark during the hiring process, talk on your phone throughout the interview, or treat them any different than you would a more experienced candidate.

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