Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 04 2005

Concord University Offers “In-Demand” College Degrees

Athens, W.Va.- The number one “in-demand” major for employers, according to the “Job Outlook Survey for 2005” by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), is accounting. Concord University offers accounting in addition to five additional degree programs on the NACE list.

Degrees offered by Concord University are listed beside each “in-demand” major in parentheses.

1. Accounting (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH AN AREA OF EMPHASIS IN ACCOUNTING)
2. Electrical Engineering
3. Mechanical Engineering
4. Business Administration/Management (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH AN AREA OF EMPHASIS IN MANAGEMENT)
5. Economics/Finance (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH AN AREA OF EMPHASIS IN FINANCE)
6. Computer Science (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS)
7. Computer Engineering
8. Marketing/Marketing Management (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH AN AREA OF EMPHASIS IN MARKETING)
9. Chemical Engineering
10. Information Sciences and Systems (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS)

According to NACE, “When it comes to which majors they plan to target, employers haven’t changed their focus much over the past several years. At both the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels, employers continue to target students with business, engineering, and computer-related degrees.”

Dr. Kendra Boggess, professor of business and division chair for business, is not surprised that these business degree programs are in demand.

“I suspect students are interested in each of the degree programs listed for several specific reasons. One reason is their comfort with the content areas they select; they have the ability to excel in business courses and they enjoy the topics that are taught in these degree programs. Secondly, students are aware of the ready market for jobs in each of the areas listed and the salaries that accompany them. Thirdly, students feel successful in mastering the content in business courses, which can be challenging and this motivates them to succeed. Fourthly, students find benefits in the flexibility of topics and career choices provided to those who complete business degree programs. Lastly, another reason might be the professional and hands-on teaching models and real-world cases and scenarios featured in the business classroom, satisfying the learning styles of a variety of students,” she shared.

Boggess also noted that the rise in accounting’s popularity may be attributed to the rise in jobs created by recent legislation.

“For students who enjoy working with numbers, this career provides them with opportunities to help clients, advising them in growing their businesses and enterprises. Accountants analyze and record financial transactions, summarize and interpret financial data, and develop financial plans for firms. For current accounting graduates, there is an upsurge in available positions based upon the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which requires more oversight of the fiduciary responsibilities within organizations and by corporate boards and directors. For this and some other reasons, accounting graduates have access to some of the best jobs today,” she said.

Boggess also noted that the other business degrees offered provide great flexibility and training for working in a variety of fields, and thus explains why they are in high demand.

Mr. James Johnston, associate professor of computer science, said he believes math and computer science fields are going to continue to provide many job opportunities in the future, too.

“All of the computing, math and science fields still have good career opportunities. Many graduates from our department have either found employment nearby, if not in West Virginia, then in Virginia or in the Carolinas. Others have gone on to graduate programs which prepare them for careers in education and in industry. As business becomes more dependent on the Internet, job opportunities for graduates with proficiencies in computer science and computer information systems should be plentiful in all regions,” Johnston stated.

"Concord University is very proud to offer many of the most desired degree programs that students are seeking," said Michael Curry, vice president for admissions and financial aid. "Those programs of study are challenging, rigorous and demanding. Many of our graduates go on to find well-paying jobs or excellent graduate school opportunities."

For information on attending Concord call 1-888-384-5249 or 1-304-384-5248 or e-mail admissions@concord.edu.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a junior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.

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