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Where do scholarly Millennials and those soon to join the workforce want to work in 2016? According to a recent survey of about 13,000 of them, largely the medicine and health sector, as well as the sciences.
This according to the 2016 Millennial Career Survey from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an Atlanta-based membership honors society founded in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, a member of the Swedish Nobel family. (Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite and created the Nobel Prize, is the best known.)
The NSHSS’s survey reveals which companies its young scholars and members would most like to work for. Topping the list this year – indeed, supplanting Google, which took the 2-spot – is Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M. (For a rundown of the top 16, check out our gallery below, or see the top 25 at the end of this article.)
“The 3M Science Applied To Life campaign has gotten a lot of attention,” said NSHSS vice president Beth Pann. “If you look at our members, in terms of their interest in the STEM fields – 30% are interested in pursuing science, 21% with technology and engineering – it’s a really strong fit with 3M and the innovative ideas and solutions that company is coming out with.”
3M has made a point of attending tech conferences like SXSW to expand its brands and show its face to consumers and the general public…
Highly positioned on HSHSS’s list were healthcare organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (No. 3), generic local hospitals (No. 4), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (No. 11), health Care Service Corporation (No. 12) and The Mayo Clinic (No. 13). Overall, 41% of respondents chose the healthcare field as their career of choice and gravitating to that space is not a new trend among respondents in the Millennial Survey. Pann explains: “There are a lot of young people who have in their lives – according to their responses – experienced in their families or with close friends or themselves, various difficult medical situations—cancer and other illnesses. A number of them seem very much inspired to want to do something about that.”
When it comes to choosing an employer, respondents reacted most favorably to companies that they felt treat employees fairly (73.1%), followed by their perception that a company acts socially responsible. NSHSS reports that 70% of respondents found flexible work hours to be the most prized aspect of work-life and compensation while only about 46% felt base salary was most important.
“A lot of these millennials saw their parents working and putting forth a lot of energy towards furthering their companies,” says Lewis. “These young millennials grew up coming home to an empty house. It may be a generational piece where they want to have those flexible hours and schedules and do the things that they missed out on as they’re looking at launching their careers.”
One of the other notable takeaways of this year’s survey, says Lewis, is the young generation’s language skills—about 40% were bilingual, though more than 60% of respondents spoke English only. Also, more than 23% would be the first member of their families to attend college.
In compiling its report, the NSHSS used data from a 49-question survey of 13,000 of its student members – ages 15 through 32, 76% female – conducted in April. The survey was conducted and analyzed by Hanover Research, of Arlington, Virginia. Respondents were asked to choose which companies they would most like to work for, from a list of 200. That list was compiled by adding the Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work for, DiversityInc’s top 50 from diversity, and some companies from the Fortune 500; as well as popular write-in choices from previous surveys.
The high number of female respondents is due to the makeup of NSHSS’s membership, university enrollment and general interest in responding to the survey. Racially, 41% of respondents identified as Caucasian, 18.9% Black or African American, 17.6% Latino or Hispanic, almost 12% Asian or Pacific Islands; followed by multi-racial, Native American and those non-responsive to the question of race.