The Big Four accounting firms ranked high on the list of employers of recent college graduates, according to a recent ranking.
The listingfrom online education information provider OnlineU, analyzed employment data for more than 560,000 graduates who entered the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic after graduating from 2019 to 2021. The study found that the top 25 companies hired 10% of recent college graduates during the COVID pandemic.
The Big Four, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC continued to be the biggest employers in the sector, ranking only behind Amazon in the top spot. The study found that after the initial decline in revenue, the Big Four all increased revenue above pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021.
Deloitte, at No. 2, was considered the best employer for economics majors, with the top degrees including accounting, business administration, economics and computer science. The most popular jobs for Deloitte jobs were business analyst, consultant, senior business analyst, and auditor.
Ernst & Young, at #3, ranked as the top employer for management information systems and accounting majors. At EY, the best degrees were accounting, business administration, finance and economics. The most popular jobs were those of quality assurance manager, consultant and intern.
For KPMG, in fourth place, the best degrees were in accounting, business administration, finance and economics. The most popular jobs were those of internal audit manager, intern and senior accountant.
For PricewaterhouseCoopers, the best degrees were in accounting, business administration, economics and finance. The most sought-after positions at PwC were quality assurance auditor, intern and tax preparer.
Around the same position as PwC in the No. 5 or 6 spot was Accenture, which was originally Andersen Consulting, the consulting arm of the former Big Five firm Arthur Andersen.
The data comes from Emsi Burning Glass, an analytics company that maintains regularly updated job data on today’s job market from publicly available sources, including CVs, job postings and LinkedIn profiles. The data includes 564,624 graduates who earned their bachelor’s degrees from 2019 to 2021 and shows where each college graduate was employed one year after graduation.