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Information sciences and systems

Graduates are finding openings with computer systems design establishments, software publishing firms, data processing and hosting companies, consulting services and healthcare organizations.

Annual salary offer: $56,868

11 most-wanted degrees in 2011

Hiring by industry has increased in almost every sector, except for government, professional services and retail. Engineering, computer-related and "money" degrees like accounting perennially comprise the most job openings, and this year is no different. However, liberal arts and science majors are also seeing slightly better opportunities this year, according to NACE.

Below are four-year degrees in majors businesses told NACE they want most right now.

Information sciences and systems Graduates are finding openings
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Information sciences and systems

Graduates are finding openings with computer systems design establishments, software publishing firms, data processing and hosting companies, consulting services and healthcare organizations.

Annual salary offer: $56,868

Economics Many economics majors do not go on
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Economics

Many economics majors do not go on to become practicing economists but rather find niches in accounting, general business, government, financial services, banking, education or journalism.

Average annual salary offer: $54,634

Management information systems New grads have found jobs
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Management information systems

New grads have found jobs in specialty fields such computer systems analysis, data processing, decision support systems, and software engineering.

Average annual salary offer: $54,372

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Business administration and management Business administration is one
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Business administration and management

Business administration is one of the broadest undergrad majors, preparing students for jobs as compensation and benefits managers, marketing consultants, management consultants, general managers, financial analysts, employee relations managers and more. For those who recently graduated with a master's degrees in business administration, opportunities are even greater. MBAs are by far the most in-demand master's degree, according to NACE.

Average annual salary offer: $46,832 (for Bachelor's degree holders)

Mechanical engineering New mechanical engineering grads enjoy some
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Mechanical engineering

New mechanical engineering grads enjoy some of the highest starting salaries of the class of 2011, but in some fields -- oil and gas extraction and software publishing -- mechanical engineers are seeing even higher wages, according the BLS.

Average annual salary offer: $60,739

Finance Employment possibilities can be found in nearly
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Finance

Employment possibilities can be found in nearly every industry, but are plentiful in accounting, corporate accounting and banking. Average annual salary offer: $53,048

Computer science More than 56 percent of computer
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Computer science

More than 56 percent of computer science majors in the class of 2011 who have applied for a job have already received an offer, NACE reports. Computer software engineers who specialize in both applications and systems software are also expected to have plenty of opportunities. The law of supply and demand is in effect here, pushing average annual salary offers to just over $63,000, making computer science one of the best paid majors in 2011.

Accounting New graduates are finding opportunities in public
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Accounting

New graduates are finding opportunities in public accounting, management accounting, government accounting and internal auditing.

Average annual salary offer: $50,316

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