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50 Top Employers for College Grads

  1. Google Reigns Supreme, Nonprofits Surge
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    Google Reigns Supreme, Nonprofits Surge

    To find out which employers have college students salivating, Universum USA surveyed more than 60,000 students and asked them to list their top five. Universum then tallied the winners and losers for five different fields of study and seven different personality types.

    Universum did not designate an overall winner, but Google (GOOG) is still the overall favorite, as it has been for the four previous years, ranking among the top three for 10 of the 12 categories. But cracks are beginning to show in the Mountain View (Calif.) tech company's dominance of the ranking. Among natural sciences and humanities students, as well as career-minded students and idealists, Google fell in the rankings, ceding the No. 1 rank among idealists to Walt Disney (DIS).

    For many years the perennial favorites with job-seeking college graduates, the Big Four accounting firms—Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers—lost significant ground this year. All four fell in the estimation of business students, and Ernst & Young fell among students in all five fields of study.

    Government and nonprofit employers fared far better. Among the top 10 employers for each of the seven personality types, fully half were government agencies or nonprofit groups, with the CIA, FBI, Peace Corps, and Teach for America doing particularly well. The United Nations, unranked in 2010, was a top 10 employer for six of the seven personality types.

    In the slides that follow, we present the top 50 employers for business students and note their ranks among the remaining 11 groups, as well as the number of spots they advanced or fell since last year. NR indicates the employer was not ranked; NC indicates no change in rank from the previous year. The personality types are based on students' responses to survey questions. Careerists are attracted to the employers they perceive as most prestigious. Entrepreneurs seek fast-growing employers with creative and dynamic work environments. Explorers want challenging work and a variety of assignments. Work-life balance is a priority for Harmonizers, while high salaries and future prospects matter most to Hunters. Idealists want employers with high ethical standards and a friendly work environment. Leaders are seeking opportunities to direct and manage teams.

    For another view of the Universum data, take a look at our interactive graphic.

    Note: Estimated annual pay is for entry-level hires with a college degree. But pay can vary by location and level of responsibility. Estimates were provided by the employers. Others are based on median pay for full-time workers with bachelor's degrees and less than five years of experience and were provided by employee compensation data company PayScale.com.
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  2. 1. Google
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    1. Google

    2010 Rank: 1
    Total Employees: 24,400
    Business: Internet search and online advertising
    Estimated Annual Pay: $69,000*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Google expects 2011 to be the biggest hiring year in the company's history, with aggressive hiring in sales and engineering.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 2 (+1)
    IT: 1 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 9 (-1)
    Humanities: 5 (-1)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 3 (-1)
    Entrepreneur: 1 (NC)
    Explorer: 1 (NC)
    Harmonizer: 1 (NC)
    Hunter: 1 (NC)
    Idealist: 2 (-1)
    Leader: 1 (NC)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  3. 2. Apple
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    2. Apple

    2010 Rank: 8
    Total Employees: 46,600
    Business: Technology and computers
    Estimated Annual Pay: $43,700*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 5 (+5)
    IT: 3 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 11 (+16)
    Humanities: 8 (NC)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 8 (+5)
    Entrepreneur: 2 (NC)
    Explorer: 3 (+3)
    Harmonizer: 3 (+2)
    Hunter: 2 (+2)
    Idealist: 3 (+7)
    Leader: 3 (+7)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  4. 3. Walt Disney
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    3. Walt Disney

    2010 Rank: 5
    Total Employees: 149,000
    Business: Media and Entertainment
    Estimated Annual Pay: $43,600*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 9 (+3)
    IT: 7 (+4)
    Natural Sciences: 5 (+2)
    Humanities: 1 (+2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 10 (+7)
    Entrepreneur: 3 (NC)
    Explorer: 4 (-1)
    Harmonizer: 2 (NC)
    Hunter: 3 (-1)
    Idealist: 1 (+1)
    Leader: 4 (-2)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  5. 4. Ernst & Young
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    4. Ernst & Young

    2010 Rank: 2
    Total Employees: 24,600
    Business: Advisory, audit, tax, transaction services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $59,200*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Hiring at Ernst & Young is up 20 percent from last year.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 148 (-14)
    IT: 48 (-21)
    Natural Sciences: 129 (-14)
    Humanities: 96 (-18)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 11 (-7)
    Entrepreneur: 23 (-15)
    Explorer: 23 (-13)
    Harmonizer: 12 (-9)
    Hunter: 10 (-7)
    Idealist: 11 (-8)
    Leader: 10 (-7)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  6. 5. PricewaterhouseCoopers
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    5. PricewaterhouseCoopers

    2010 Rank: 3
    Total Employees: 161,000
    Business: Accounting, tax, and advisory services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $54,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: PricewaterhouseCoopers is hiring approximately 7,000 entry-level interns and associates in advisory, assurance, and tax.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 168 (+9)
    IT: 35 (+4)
    Natural Sciences: 155 (+19)
    Humanities: 95 (+2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 14 (-8)
    Entrepreneur: 31 (-13)
    Explorer: 28 (-14)
    Harmonizer: 19 (-15)
    Hunter: 15 (-8)
    Idealist: 14 (-9)
    Leader: 19 (-11)
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  7. 6. Deloitte
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    6. Deloitte

    2010 Rank: 4
    Total Employees: 50,000 (U.S.)
    Business: Audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $58,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Deloitte plans to hire 5,400 new entry-level employees, with growth expected in health care and life sciences, financial services, and business analytics.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 84 (-6)
    IT: 26 (+12)
    Natural Sciences: 139 (+9)
    Humanities: 86 (-5)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 12 (-5)
    Entrepreneur: 17 (-1)
    Explorer: 21 (-9)
    Harmonizer: 20 (-13)
    Hunter: 16 (-10)
    Idealist: 16 (-9)
    Leader: 14 (-7)
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  8. 7. J.P. Morgan
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    7. J.P. Morgan

    2010 Rank: 7
    Total Employees: 242,929
    Business: Financial services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $54,200*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 86 (+15)
    IT: 29 (+6)
    Natural Sciences: 61 (NC)
    Humanities: 54 (-3)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 7 (+2)
    Entrepreneur: 11 (-2)
    Explorer: 19 (+4)
    Harmonizer: 24 (+1)
    Hunter: 8 (NC)
    Idealist: 25 (+1)
    Leader: 17 (-1)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  9. 8. Nike
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    8. Nike

    2010 Rank: 10
    Total Employees: 34,400
    Business: Footwear, apparel, sports equipment
    Estimated Annual Pay: $50,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The company is looking to hire in Nike design, merchandising, product creation, and sales/marketing.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 34 (+11)
    IT: 28 (+1)
    Natural Sciences: 18 (+5)
    Humanities: 14 (+1)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 28 (+11)
    Entrepreneur: 8 (-1)
    Explorer: 27 (NC)
    Harmonizer: 5 (+12)
    Hunter: 9 (+9)
    Idealist: 20 (+3)
    Leader: 11 (+7)
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  10. 9. KPMG
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    9. KPMG

    2010 Rank: 6
    Total Employees: 138,000
    Business: Audit, tax, and advisory services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $55,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: KPMG expects to hire 2,500 new associates.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 179 (+20)
    IT: 52 (+8)
    Natural Sciences: 198 (-13)
    Humanities: 169 (+5)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 22 (-10)
    Entrepreneur: 45 (-12)
    Explorer: 41 (-16)
    Harmonizer: 28 (-19)
    Hunter: 18 (-9)
    Idealist: 21 (-13)
    Leader: 29 (-15)
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  11. 10. Goldman Sachs
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    10. Goldman Sachs

    2010 Rank: 9
    Total Employees: 35,400
    Business: Financial services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $66,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: U.S. hiring outlook is good, and company expects to increase hiring for growth market countries from 8 percent of total hiring five years ago to 15 percent in 2011.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 73 (-18)
    IT: 27 (+7)
    Natural Sciences: 92 (-23)
    Humanities: 59 (-11)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 4 (-3)
    Entrepreneur: 7 (-2)
    Explorer: 13 (+3)
    Harmonizer: 29 (-1)
    Hunter: 4 (+1)
    Idealist: 34 (-4)
    Leader: 12 (+1)
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  12. 11. FBI
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    11. FBI

    2010 Rank: 11
    Total Employees: 35,403
    Business: Law enforcement
    Estimated Annual Pay: $57,900*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 17 (+11)
    IT: 13 (-6)
    Natural Sciences: 10 (-1)
    Humanities: 7 (-1)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 2 (+1)
    Entrepreneur: 10 (+2)
    Explorer: 2 (+1)
    Harmonizer: 4 (+2)
    Hunter: 4 (+8)
    Idealist: 10 (+2)
    Leader: 5 (+1)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  13. 12. Facebook
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    12. Facebook

    2010 Rank: Not Ranked
    Total Employees: 2,000
    Business: Social network
    Estimated Annual Pay: $59,100*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company says it is hiring aggressively.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 35 (NR)
    IT: 4 (NR)
    Natural Sciences: 24 (NR)
    Humanities: 10 (NR)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 20 (NR)
    Entrepreneur: 4 (NR)
    Explorer: 16 (NR)
    Harmonizer: 17 (NR)
    Hunter: 13 (NR)
    Idealist: 18 (NR)
    Leader: 23 (NR)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  14. 13. Microsoft
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    13. Microsoft

    2010 Rank: 14
    Total Employees: 89,000
    Business: Software and computer technology
    Estimated Annual Pay: $82,100*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company says it is hiring aggressively.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 6 (NC)
    IT: 2 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 30 (+1)
    Humanities: 18 (-4)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 18 (+6)
    Entrepreneur: 5 (-1)
    Explorer: 17 (+1)
    Harmonizer: 9 (+3)
    Hunter: 6 (+5)
    Idealist: 19 (-1)
    Leader: 21 (+2)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  15. 14. Coca-Cola
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    14. Coca-Cola

    2010 Rank: 13
    Total Employees: 139,600
    Business: Soft drinks
    Estimated Annual Pay: $46,900*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 52 (+11)
    IT: 33 (+14)
    Natural Sciences: 37 (-1)
    Humanities: 21 (+1)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 50 (-3)
    Entrepreneur: 21 (+5)
    Explorer: 43 (-5)
    Harmonizer: 23 (NC)
    Hunter: 34 (-4)
    Idealist: 27 (-3)
    Leader: 31 (-1)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  16. 15. Procter & Gamble
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    15. Procter & Gamble

    2010 Rank: 16
    Total Employees: 127,000
    Business: Pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, personal care
    Estimated Annual Pay: $61,500*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 22 (-5)
    IT: 66 (+1)
    Natural Sciences: 41 (-12)
    Humanities: 58 (-18)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 47 (-12)
    Entrepreneur: 20 (NC)
    Explorer: 32 (-3)
    Harmonizer: 25 (-5)
    Hunter: 32 (-15)
    Idealist: 30 (-8)
    Leader: 26 (-8)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  17. 16. Bank of America
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    16. Bank of America

    2010 Rank: 15
    Total Employees: 288,062
    Business: Financial services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $42,100*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Bank of America is hiring for its analyst and associate programs, including those in finance, corporate treasury, commercial banking, technology and operations, consumer banking, investment banking, and risk.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 140 (+11)
    IT: 41 (+13)
    Natural Sciences: 112 (-55)
    Humanities: 75 (-19)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 26 (+6)
    Entrepreneur: 40 (+9)
    Explorer: 50 (+3)
    Harmonizer: 44 (-11)
    Hunter: 37 (-2)
    Idealist: 54 (-22)
    Leader: 36 (+3)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  18. 17. United Nations
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    17. United Nations

    2010 Rank: Not Ranked
    Total Employees: 15,980
    Business: International law, security, policy
    Estimated Annual Pay: $66,500
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: In 2010, the U.N. Secretariat hired 149 entry-level recruits; 23 have been hired so far this year.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 42 (NR)
    IT: 31 (NR)
    Natural Sciences: 12 (NR)
    Humanities: 2 (NR)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 5 (NR)
    Entrepreneur: 6 (NR)
    Explorer: 6 (NR)
    Harmonizer: 6 (NR)
    Hunter: 12 (NR)
    Idealist: 6 (NR)
    Leader: 2 (NR)
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  19. 18. Morgan Stanley
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    18. Morgan Stanley

    2010 Rank: 17
    Total Employees: 62,494
    Business: Financial services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $70,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The company says it's recruiting globally for 16 analyst programs across the firm.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 127 (-7)
    IT: 62 (+64)
    Natural Sciences: 124 (-13)
    Humanities: 88 (+17)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 15 (NC)
    Entrepreneur: 24 (+17)
    Explorer: 33 (+9)
    Harmonizer: 58 (-8)
    Hunter: 19 (+8)
    Idealist: 63 (+6)
    Leader: 34 (+1)
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  20. 19. U.S. State Dept.
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    19. U.S. State Dept.

    2010 Rank: 20
    Total Employees: 9,914 Civil Service, 12,859 Foreign Service
    Business: Government, international relations
    Estimated Annual Pay: $34,456 to $42,209 for Civil Service, $50,352 for Foreign Service
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The State Dept. expects to recruit 800 to 900 Foreign Service and 900 Civil Service employees in fiscal year 2011.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 61 (-9)
    IT: 21 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 20 (-4)
    Humanities: 4 (-2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 6 (+2)
    Entrepreneur: 12 (-2)
    Explorer: 9 (-2)
    Harmonizer: 7 (+1)
    Hunter: 14 (-1)
    Idealist: 13 (NC)
    Leader: 6 (-2)
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  21. 20. Johnson & Johnson
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    20. Johnson & Johnson

    2010 Rank: 19
    Total Employees: 115,000
    Business: Pharmaceuticals, medical devices
    Estimated Annual Pay: $62,600*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 18 (NC)
    IT: 57 (-4)
    Natural Sciences: 13 (NC)
    Humanities: 38 (-7)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 46 (-4)
    Entrepreneur: 16 (+4)
    Explorer: 31 (+1)
    Harmonizer: 21 (-6)
    Hunter: 27 (-8)
    Idealist: 23 (-3)
    Leader: 22 (NC)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  22. 21. CIA
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    21. CIA

    2010 Rank: 26
    Total Employees: NA
    Business: Foreign intelligence
    Estimated Annual Pay: $56,400*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The CIA anticipates high demand for information technology specialists, cybersecurity workers, engineers, military analysts, analytic methodologists, language instructors and clandestine service officers.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 19 (+1)
    IT: 15 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 19 (-2)
    Humanities: 9 (-2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 1 (+4)
    Entrepreneur: 15 (-4)
    Explorer: 5 (+4)
    Harmonizer: 15 (+4)
    Hunter: 7 (+8)
    Idealist: 22 (-5)
    Leader: 8 (+1)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  23. 22. U.S. Treasury
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    22. U.S. Treasury

    2010 Rank: 18
    Total Employees: 116,000
    Business: Economic, financial, tax, and fiscal policy
    Estimated Annual Pay: NA
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 176 (+4)
    IT: 42 (+15)
    Natural Sciences: 75 (-9)
    Humanities: 35 (-7)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 36 (+1)
    Entrepreneur: 70 (-3)
    Explorer: 54 (-11)
    Harmonizer: 40 (-9)
    Hunter: 46 (-2)
    Idealist: 44 (-13)
    Leader: 33 (NC)
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  24. 23. Coach
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    23. Coach

    2010 Rank: 29
    Total Employees: 13,942
    Business: Leather goods
    Estimated Annual Pay: $45,000*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 147 (+39)
    IT: 83 (+32)
    Natural Sciences: 40 (+23)
    Humanities: 23 (+6)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 53 (+1)
    Entrepreneur: 41 (+17)
    Explorer: 60 (+14)
    Harmonizer: 41 (+6)
    Hunter: 52 (-5)
    Idealist: 31 (+12)
    Leader: 59 (+13)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  25. 24. Sony
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    24. Sony

    2010 Rank: 27
    Total Employees: 171,300
    Business: Electronics
    Estimated Annual Pay: $58,400*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 16 (+7)
    IT: 12 (-3)
    Natural Sciences: 46 (+16)
    Humanities: 25 (+2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 52 (-4)
    Entrepreneur: 17 (+11)
    Explorer: 37 (-6)
    Harmonizer: 27 (+3)
    Hunter: 23 (+11)
    Idealist: 35 (NC)
    Leader: 40 (-6)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  26. 25. Marriott
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    25. Marriott

    2010 Rank: 28
    Total Employees: 129,000
    Business: Hotels
    Estimated Annual Pay: $40,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Marriott expects to hire 220 college grads through its college recruiting program and thousands more in the next few years.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 178 (-2)
    IT: 67 (+84)
    Natural Sciences: 88 (+30)
    Humanities: 37 (+7)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 73 (+2)
    Entrepreneur: 58 (-4)
    Explorer: 104 (-40)
    Harmonizer: 49 (+9)
    Hunter: 57 (+18)
    Idealist: 42 (-3)
    Leader: 52 (-7)
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  27. 26. Hilton Hotels
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    26. Hilton Hotels

    2010 Rank: 24
    Total Employees: 50,888
    Business: Hospitality
    Estimated Annual Pay: $24,433
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Hilton is seeking to fill more than 2,450 openings in hotel operations.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 155 (-9)
    IT: 144 (-55)
    Natural Sciences: 93 (+2)
    Humanities: 33 (+8)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 63 (+17)
    Entrepreneur: 39 (+4)
    Explorer: 82 (-14)
    Harmonizer: 46 (+1)
    Hunter: 49 (+9)
    Idealist: 38 (+10)
    Leader: 48 (-4)
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  28. 27. BMW
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    27. BMW

    <strong>2010 Rank:</strong> 21<br> <strong>Total Employees:</strong> 95,000<br> <strong>Business:</strong> Vehicles<br> <strong>Estimated Annual Pay:</strong> $43,300*<br> <strong>Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring:</strong> BMW recently completed a $1 billion investment in U.S. operations and is fully staffed; it's looking for talent in engineering and design.<br> <br> <strong>By Field of Study:</strong><br> <strong>Engineering:</strong> 11 (-3) <br> <strong>IT:</strong> 30 (+11) <br> <strong>Natural Sciences:</strong> 58 (-5) <br> <strong>Humanities:</strong> 53 (-16) <br> <br> <strong>By Personality Type:</strong><br> <strong>Careerist:</strong> 37 (+2) <br> <strong>Entrepreneur:</strong> 29 (-4)<br> <strong>Explorer:</strong> 36 (-8) <br> <strong>Harmonizer:</strong> 32 (NC)<br> <strong>Hunter:</strong> 28 (-3) <br> <strong>Idealist:</strong> 48 (-2) <br> <strong>Leader:</strong> 35 (-4)<br> <br> *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  29. 28. Macy's
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    28. Macy's

    2010 Rank: 39
    Total Employees: 161,000
    Business: Department stores
    Estimated Annual Pay: $30,100*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 188 (+18)
    IT: 58 (+43)
    Natural Sciences: 48 (+17)
    Humanities: 26 (+7)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 58 (+13)
    Entrepreneur: 50 (+22)
    Explorer: 58 (+17)
    Harmonizer: 47 (+2)
    Hunter: 63 (-16)
    Idealist: 37 (+14)
    Leader: 56 (+29)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  30. 29. Starbucks
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    29. Starbucks

    2010 Rank: 35
    Total Employees: 137,000
    Business: Food and beverages
    Estimated Annual Pay: $24,800*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 115 (+14)
    IT: 78 (+25)
    Natural Sciences: 29 (+22)
    Humanities: 15 (+8)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 65 (+19)
    Entrepreneur: 35 (+16)
    Explorer: 47 (+1)
    Harmonizer: 37 (+20)
    Hunter: 48 (+1)
    Idealist: 25 (+15)
    Leader: 42 (+14)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  31. 30. Federal Reserve Bank
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    30. Federal Reserve Bank

    2010 Rank: 22
    Total Employees: 17,979
    Business: Monetary policy, bank regulation, financial services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $50,800*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 150 (+44)
    IT: 117 (-40)
    Natural Sciences: 117 (+6)
    Humanities: 62 (NC)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 44 (-7)
    Entrepreneur: 92 (-40)
    Explorer: 48 (+5)
    Harmonizer: 53 (-7)
    Hunter: 52 (+2)
    Idealist: 67 (-10)
    Leader: 50 (+5)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  32. 31. Target
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    31. Target

    2010 Rank: 25
    Total Employees: 355,000
    Business: Sales of consumer goods
    Estimated Annual Pay: $45,000 to $55,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Target expects to make more than 2,500 hires, a 10 percent increase over last year.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 162 (-10)
    IT: 70 (-11)
    Natural Sciences: 34 (+16)
    Humanities: 20 (-4)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 72 (-2)
    Entrepreneur: 53 (+1)
    Explorer: 49 (+2)
    Harmonizer: 39 (-3)
    Hunter: 68 (-25)
    Idealist: 29 (NC)
    Leader: 51 (-8)
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  33. 32. L'Oréal
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    32. L'Oréal

    2010 Rank: 36
    Total Employees: 66,600
    Business: Cosmetics, perfumes
    Estimated Annual Pay: $61,600*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: L'Oréal plans to continue the expansion of its management development programs in marketing and operations and continue hiring in digital, sales, research, and finance.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 80 (+9)
    IT: 127 (+30)
    Natural Sciences: 36 (+11)
    Humanities: 29 (+1)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 75 (-11)
    Entrepreneur: 41 (-2)
    Explorer: 60 (+1)
    Harmonizer: 42 (NC)
    Hunter: 46 (-4)
    Idealist: 43 (+16)
    Leader: 54 (+4)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  34. 33. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
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    33. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

    2010 Rank: 32
    Total Employees: 45,000
    Business: Hospitality
    Estimated Annual Pay: $40,000 to $47,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Hyatt is actively recruiting and plans to hire 200 entry-level managers.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 141 (+4)
    IT: 158 (-20)
    Natural Sciences: 103 (+18)
    Humanities: 40 (+10)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 75 (+12)
    Entrepreneur: 47 (+11)
    Explorer: 107 (-5)
    Harmonizer: 51 (+16)
    Hunter: 54 (+17)
    Idealist: 47 (+6)
    Leader: 49 (+4)
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  35. 34. Amazon
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    34. Amazon

    2010 Rank: 43
    Total Employees: 33,700
    Business: Retail consumer goods
    Estimated Annual Pay: $68,100*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Amazon is actively hiring software engineers, buyers, and product managers.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 48 (+21)
    IT: 8 (+11)
    Natural Sciences: 56 (+25)
    Humanities: 17 (+2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 62 (+5)
    Entrepreneur: 19 (+3)
    Explorer: 38 (+2)
    Harmonizer: 34 (+5)
    Hunter: 36 (+4)
    Idealist: 28 (+5)
    Leader: 41 (+6)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  36. 35. Wells Fargo
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    35. Wells Fargo

    2010 Rank: 31
    Total Employees: 272,200
    Business: Financial services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $43,300*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 184 (-11)
    IT: 100 (+62)
    Natural Sciences: 97 (-3)
    Humanities: 60 (+8)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 70 (+5)
    Entrepreneur: 59 (+33)
    Explorer: 70 (+10)
    Harmonizer: 64 (-3)
    Hunter: 70 (-14)
    Idealist: 69 (-15)
    Leader: 70 (+6)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  37. 36. Southwest Airlines
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    36. Southwest Airlines

    2010 Rank: 33
    Total Employees: 35,000
    Business: Airline
    Estimated Annual Pay: $50,900*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Overall hiring is up 9 percent.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 107 (+2)
    IT: 84 (-1)
    Natural Sciences: 70 (+12)
    Humanities: 39 (+4)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 102 (-15)
    Entrepreneur: 75 (-5)
    Explorer: 68 (+7)
    Harmonizer: 59 (+7)
    Hunter: 63 (+10)
    Idealist: 32 (+5)
    Leader: 54 (-3)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  38. 37. Adidas
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    37. Adidas

    2010 Rank: 49
    Total Employees: 42,541
    Business: Shoes, apparel, sporting goods
    Estimated Annual Pay: $40,500*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Adidas is hiring designers, product developers, visual merchandisers, marketing specialists, financial analysts, and supply-chain analysts; it expects its global workforce to increase 4 percent to 6 percent.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 79 (+3)
    IT: 53 (+97)
    Natural Sciences: 38 (+22)
    Humanities: 42 (+5)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 68 (+19)
    Entrepreneur: 49 (+17)
    Explorer: 57 (NC)
    Harmonizer: 45 (+15)
    Hunter: 49 (+16)
    Idealist: 53 (+7)
    Leader: 46 (+14)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  39. 38. IBM
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    38. IBM

    2010 Rank: 41
    Total Employees: 427,000
    Business: Technology and consulting
    Estimated Annual Pay: $62,300*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: IBM's 2011 hiring will focus on business analytic skills.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 13 (+2)
    IT: 5 (-1)
    Natural Sciences: 78 (+2)
    Humanities: 68 (-2)

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  40. 39. Peace Corps
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    39. Peace Corps

    2010 Rank: 34
    Total Employees: 8,655 volunteers and trainees
    Business: International public service
    Estimated Annual Pay: Living allowance, student loan deferral/cancellation, and $7,425 readjustment allowance
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Stable hiring outlook for 2011.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 46 (-2)
    IT: 80 (-25)
    Natural Sciences: 6 (-1)
    Humanities: 6 (-1)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 20 (+2)
    Entrepreneur: 13 (+2)
    Explorer: 8 (-6)
    Harmonizer: 16 (+5)
    Hunter: 26 (+5)
    Idealist: 4 (NC)
    Leader: 7 (-2)
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  41. 40. General Electric
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    40. General Electric

    2010 Rank: 37
    Total Employees: 287,000
    Business: Technology, services, finance
    Estimated Annual Pay: $61,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: GE plans to hire 1,125 college graduates and more than 2,000 interns with a focus on software engineers and IT majors.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 7 (-2)
    IT: 40 (-7)
    Natural Sciences: 82 (-26)
    Humanities: 101 (-19)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 40 (-9)
    Entrepreneur: 24 (-10)
    Explorer: 25 (-6)
    Harmonizer: 31 (-2)
    Hunter: 29 (-3)
    Idealist: 33 (-5)
    Leader: 28 (-1)
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  42. 41. Grant Thornton
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    41. Grant Thornton

    2010 Rank: 30
    Total Employees: 29,974
    Business: Accounting
    Estimated Annual Pay: $50,000 to $55,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Grant Thornton plans to increase hiring 5 percent to 10 percent over last year.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 224 (+22)
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: NR
    Humanities: 195 (NC)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 91 (-39)
    Entrepreneur: 115 (+1)
    Explorer: 122 (-39)
    Harmonizer: 83 (-30)
    Hunter: 88 (-30)
    Idealist: 58 (-21)
    Leader: 93 (-34)
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  43. 42. Boeing
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    42. Boeing

    2010 Rank: 45
    Total Employees: 163,783
    Business: Commercial aircraft, defense systems
    Estimated Annual Pay: $61,700*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Boeing is looking to hire 4,000 to 5,000 new employees for entry-level and higher positions.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 3 (+1)
    IT: 23 (+7)
    Natural Sciences: 53 (-13)
    Humanities: 65 (-11)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 30 (-4)
    Entrepreneur: 26 (-3)
    Explorer: 23 (-3)
    Harmonizer: 30 (-3)
    Hunter: 21 (+2)
    Idealist: 36 (-11)
    Leader: 32 (-3)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  44. 43. PepsiCo
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    43. PepsiCo

    2010 Rank: 42
    Total Employees: 300,000
    Business: Food and beverage
    Estimated Annual Pay: $55,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: PepsiCo's hiring focus this year will be on marketing, finance, sales, operations, and IT; sales hires are expected to increase 25 percent.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 95 (+9)
    IT: 60 (+3)
    Natural Sciences: 81 (-13)
    Humanities: 61 (+2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 87 (-16)
    Entrepreneur: 63 (+16)
    Explorer: 70 (-7)
    Harmonizer: 62 (+2)
    Hunter: 72 (-4)
    Idealist: 61 (+5)
    Leader: 71 (-6)
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  45. 44. Citigroup
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    44. Citigroup

    2010 Rank: 60
    Total Employees: 260,000
    Business: Financial services
    Estimated Annual Pay: $57,600*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Citibank plans to hire 500 new employees as part of a multi-year effort.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 161 (-11)
    IT: 116 (-16)
    Natural Sciences: 147 (-10)
    Humanities: 127 (-26)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 55 (+4)
    Entrepreneur: 91 (+13))
    Explorer: 113 (+4)
    Harmonizer: 119 (-6)
    Hunter: 74 (-10)
    Idealist: 112 (+21)
    Leader: 81 (+8)

    *Estimate from PayScale.com
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  46. 45. IRS
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    45. IRS

    2010 Rank: 23
    Total Employees: 94,346
    Business: Government tax collection
    Estimated Annual Pay: $44,200*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 187 (+47)
    IT: 73 (+61)
    Natural Sciences: 144 (+3)
    Humanities: 84 (+7)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 87 (-16)
    Entrepreneur: 110 (-11)
    Explorer: 130 (-62)
    Harmonizer: 73 (-33)
    Hunter: 106 (-41)
    Idealist: 80 (-46)
    Leader: 88 (-18)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  47. 46. IKEA
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    46. IKEA

    2010 Rank: 58
    Total Employees: 127,000
    Business: Retail consumer goods
    Estimated Annual Pay: $31,700*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Stable hiring outlook for 2011.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 85 (+27)
    IT: 63 (+3)
    Natural Sciences: 79 (+12)
    Humanities: 22 (+2)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 98 (+18)
    Entrepreneur: 47 (-2)
    Explorer: 64 (-4)
    Harmonizer: 53 (+6)
    Hunter: 75 (-27)
    Idealist: 49 (-5)
    Leader: 65 (+3)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  48. 47. Time Warner
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    47. Time Warner

    2010 Rank: 44
    Total Employees: 31,000
    Business: Media and entertainment
    Estimated Annual Pay: $51,200*
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company spokesperson declined to comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 174 (-41)
    IT: 51 (-5)
    Natural Sciences: 134 (-37)
    Humanities: 30 (-13)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 60 (+4)
    Entrepreneur: 45 (-5)
    Explorer: 46 (-6)
    Harmonizer: 66 (-4)
    Hunter: 65 (-12)
    Idealist: 58 (-6)
    Leader: 57 (-7)

    *Estimate by PayScale.com
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  49. 48. American Cancer Society
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    48. American Cancer Society

    2010 Rank: 38
    Total Employees: 6,600
    Business: Support for cancer research, education and treatment
    Estimated Annual Pay: $35,000 to $40,000
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: The American Cancer Society is seeking talented entry-level hires but expects no change from last year.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 69 (+7)
    IT: 146 (-72)
    Natural Sciences: 3 (+1)
    Humanities: 11 (-1)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 31 (-2)
    Entrepreneur: 36 (+1)
    Explorer: 20 (+2)
    Harmonizer: 10 (+6)
    Hunter: 30 (-6)
    Idealist: 7 (+2)
    Leader: 18 (+2)
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  50. 49. Under Armour
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    49. Under Armour

    2010 Rank: Not Ranked
    Total Employees: 3,900
    Business: Apparel and accessories
    Estimated Annual Pay: NA
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company did not respond to requests for comment.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 94 (NR)
    IT: 124 (NR)
    Natural Sciences: 45 (NR)
    Humanities: 66 (NR)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 66 (NR)
    Entrepreneur: 52 (NR)
    Explorer: 77 (NR)
    Harmonizer: 57 (NR)
    Hunter: 60 (NR)
    Idealist: 73 (NR)
    Leader: 61 (NR)
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  51. 50. Boston Consulting Group
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    50. Boston Consulting Group

    2010 Rank: 40
    Total Employees: 4,800
    Business: Consulting
    Estimated Annual Pay: NA
    Expected 2011 Entry-Level Hiring: Company expects to recruit its largest entry-level consulting class to date.

    By Field of Study:
    Engineering: 101 (-7)
    IT: 91 (+34)
    Natural Sciences: 152 (-27)
    Humanities: 73 (-4)

    By Personality Type:
    Careerist: 28 (-6)
    Entrepreneur: 38 (-8)
    Explorer: 35 (-1)
    Harmonizer: 88 (-6)
    Hunter: 41 (NC)
    Idealist: 97 (-5)
    Leader: 43 (-11)
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