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Ozarks Grads Hopeful About Improved Job Market

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thousands of new Springfield college graduates are now ready to enter the workforce, and several students said they're hopeful about the improving job market.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thousands of new Springfield college graduates are now ready to enter the workforce, and several students said they're hopeful about the improving job market. 

"I'm a CIS major so the job market is huge right now. (It's been) pretty easy to find interviews," Chad Siron said. Actually I had a second phone interview today, thought it went well. And I'm waiting to hear back from an interview I had in Kansas City two weeks ago." 

Siron is one of about 1,500 students who graduated from Missouri State University on Friday. Some of his fellow graduates have already secured work.

"In about two weeks, I'm moving to Kansas City at a start-up corporation as a system engineer," Martin Nguyen said. "I wanted to get out ahead, so at the end of the semester I wouldn't have to find a job. And I got lucky."

The latest job outlook from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows more grads can expect to find jobs in the coming year.

"There's an increase since last year -- not a huge increase but it is looking positive," Margie Stewart.

Stewart works with MSU's Career Center. She said she's already seen a 3 percent increase in recent job placement.
 
The NACE report projects another uptick by 7.8 percent.

"Jobs are out there," Stewart said.

And those jobs, according to the NACE, are largely in the STEM fields -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Other top majors are finance and accounting, communications and marketing.

Stewart says gaining experience while in school is key to securing a job.

"Usually at that last year you do an internship and oftentimes that can lead to a full time position within that company," Stewart said. 
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