Fall 2022 College Hiring Expected to Be Strong

April 18, 2022 | By Kevin Gray

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Fall 2022 recruiting looks extremely positive for the upcoming class of graduates. Almost 90% of employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2022 Spring Update survey report that they will be hiring for both full-time and intern/co-op positions at that time.

This is up from last year, when 83% of employers responding to the Job Outlook 2021 Spring Update indicated they will be hiring for both full-time positions and internships/co-ops. (See Figure 1.)

The remaining 10% of this year’s respondents will also be hiring, but either for full-time or intern/co-op positions only. There are no respondents that indicate they will not be hiring in Fall 2022.

Each year, NACE surveys employers regarding their hiring intentions for the graduating class; this is conducted in two parts—fall (Job Outlook 2022) and spring (Job Outlook 2022 Spring Update). The Job Outlook 2022 Spring Update was conducted from February 2 – March 11, 2022. Of the 196 total respondents, 160 were NACE employer members, representing 19.8% of eligible member respondents, and 36 were nonmember companies. The Job Outlook 2022 Spring Update report is available to NACE members in MyNACE.

Figure 1: Hiring Expectations for Fall 2022

Full-time Only
Percent of 2022 Respondents3.7%
Percent of 2021 Respondents6.4%
Intern/Co-op Only
Percent of 2022 Respondents6.8%
Percent of 2021 Respondents9.4%
Both Full-Time and Intern/Co-op
Percent of 2022 Respondents89.5%
Percent of 2021 Respondents83.3%
Not On-campus – Not Hiring in 2021-22
Percent of 2022 Respondents0.0%
Percent of 2021 Respondents1.0%
 Percent of 2022 RespondentsPercent of 2021 Respondents
Full-time Only3.7%6.4%
Intern/Co-op Only6.8%9.4%
Both Full-Time and Intern/Co-op89.5%83.3%
Not On-campus – Not Hiring in 2021-220.0%1.0%
Source: Job Outlook 2022 Spring Update, National Association of Colleges and Employers