Top 50: Most entry-level jobs for grads lists which companies have the most slots to fill.
By Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer

NEW YORK ( The job market for college seniors is the best it's been in five years. But it's better at some companies than others.

The job site surveyed 1,100 companies about their hiring expectations for entry-level workers this year, and compiled a list of those with the most positions to fill.

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The companies that report having the highest number of entry-level positions to fill are Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Lockheed Martin, Walgreen Company, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. (See the top 50 in the table below, and the full 500 here.)

The survey found college seniors who majored in marketing, business, management, accounting, computer science and communication are among the most in demand.

But there's good news for liberal arts grads, too, said Philip Gardener, director of Michigan State University's Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI).

Almost half of the jobs he sees companies recruiting for are in sales and marketing, jobs that stress excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to work "in an ambiguous environment," he said. More so than engineers, IT professionals and other technically oriented grads, liberal arts majors tend to do well in these positions, Gardener said.

But it's not just big companies that are hiring. Small companies are hiring a significant number of new college graduates, expanding job opportunities by about 25 percent, according to a CERI report, which notes that "(w)hile it may seem that large companies have all the jobs, small employers and there are thousands may actually be the best place to find employment." Top of page

50 top entry-level employers for 2006
Company Projected 2006 entry-level hires
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 7000
Lockheed Martin 4400
Walgreen Company 4300
PricewaterhouseCoopers 3817
Deloitte & Touche USA LLP 3500
Ernst & Young 3400
Schlumberger 3000
U.S. Department of Agriculture 3000
Hertz 2500
KPMG 2240
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 2250
The Boeing Company 2200
Teach For America 2100
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers 2000
State Street 2000
U.S. Marines 2000
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1950
84 Lumber 1600
Intel 1500
National Security Agency 1500
Northrop Grumman 1500
Ferguson Enterprises 1300
Microsoft 1300
Wal-Mart Stores 1300
Accenture 1200
Cerner 1200
Internal Revenue Service 1200
U.S. Air Force 1200
U.S. Navy 1200
Target 1125
Finish Line 1100
General Electric 1100
Johnson & Johnson 1100
PNC Financial Services Group 1030
Countrywide Home Loans 1000
Konica Minolta Business Solutions 1000
National Cancer Institute 1000
Pfizer 1000
Pulte Homes 1000
U.S. Army 1000
U.S. Department of Labor 1000
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1000
Raytheon 999 900
American Express 850
Staples 817
Capgemini 750
Battelle 700
Liberty Mutual Group 700
UMB Bank 670

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