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  • NACE Research

    NACE Research has a long-standing history of supporting the field with quantitative research; forecasting hiring trends in the job market; tracking starting salaries of recent college graduates; providing operational benchmarks; and driving national first-destination initiatives.

    Primary research reports are administered annually to assist professionals in the career services and university relations and recruiting fields in making data-driven decisions; identifying new opportunities; comparing progress year-over-year; and forecasting growth for the future.

    NACE research reports provide unique insight into the NACE member universe: career service professionals, who prepare students for graduation and beyond; university relations and recruiting professionals, who actively recruit college students and graduates; and business affiliates, who provide products and services relevant to these professions.

    Experts in the field of research, NACE can also analyze customized data for organizations who would like to dive deeper into a particular area of interest. Options include additional analysis of existing NACE reports, like Salary Survey, Job Outlook, and the new Recruiting Compensation Benchmark Report, as well as a separate, custom reports on diversity statistics; school selection; peer institutions; and employer branding.

    Fully-commissioned, primary research is also available to organizations interested in having NACE develop, administer, and analyze a custom research survey to a specific audience on their behalf.

    Survey Schedule

    The following is a schedule of NACE survey release dates:

    Name of Survey

    Data Collection

    Approx. Release Dates

    First Destination Survey (Grad and Undergrad) January – April September
    Salary Survey   January, July
    Recruiting Benchmarks Survey June – August November
    Recruiting Benchmark Compensation Survey June – August November
    Career Services Benchmark Survey October – December March
    Career Services Professional Staff Compensation Survey October – December March
    Internship & Co-op Survey November – January April
    Job Outlook August – September November
    Job Outlook Spring Update February – March April
    Student Survey for Two-year Schools February – April September
    Student Survey for Four-year Schools February – April September


    Contact NACE Research at, 610.625.1025.