Slightly better than last year, that’s how the job market’s being described for 1.7 million soon to be graduates in the class of 2012.

The good news comes from a major labor market analyst, challenger, Gray and Christmas after crunching the latest national hiring trends.

Shivani Joshi works at the Ziff Graduate Services Center at the University of Miami. She’s a job placement specialist for the School of Business and says “This year I’ve seen a huge increase in job opportunities and quality job opportunities here in Miami and Nationally throughout the U-S.”

Soon-to-be MBA Graduate Ken Zucker’s all smiles.

He’s already been hired by national investment powerhouse…..Goldman-Sachs.

The transplanted New Yorker who now calls Miami Homes says” It’s a gorgeous day in Miami, Graduations’ only a few days away. The possibility is of a great career. I have a lot to be Thankful for.”

According to Challenger and Gray, college-aged workers have already seen more than 900-thousand new job openings over the past 2 years. But at the same time, jobs for 40-50 year olds are shrinking as the U-S Job market is changing.

Over the next several weeks, more than a million college grads will be hitting the job market looking for their first employment opportunities.

So who’s hiring?

Marketing jobs are projected to grow as much as 29% over the next decade, along with solid gains in Management, Computers, Financial analysis and Cost Estimators.

It’s no surprise the best job opportunities for new grads are still expected to come out of the private sector as government jobs continue to be slashed.

Some labor market analysts still caution that “better than last year” is still relative and they continue to describe the overall labor market thru the fall as fiercely competitive.

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