OnlineU studied employment data from over 550,000 graduates who earned degrees between 2019 and 2021 in an effort to understand what industries and companies offer the most opportunities for new job seekers.
Amazon, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young lead the top companies that hire recent graduates. “Amazon was the largest employer for business administration, marketing, and psychology majors alongside computer science graduates,” according to OnlineU’s research.
Meanwhile, Deloitte — which was the top employer for economics majors — hired 5,256. Ernst & Young hired 4,727 recent grads, proving to be the top employer for management information systems and accounting majors.
Of the 550,000 recent graduates polled, 2,435 went directly into the freelancing sector, choosing to carve out their own destiny with self-employment rather than rely on the benefits and security of a major company.
These numbers could suggest that freelancing is not just a pandemic fad but may be here to stay forever. According to OnlineU’s data, graduates with degrees in Design and Applied Arts and Communications and Media Studies favored freelancing work.