Published: May 10, 2010 11:21 PM EDT

Fort Myers, Fla - The chances of college graduates landing a job out of school is looking up. A new survey out by the Association of College and Employers found companies plan on hiring 5% more new graduates than they did last year.

At Florida Gulf Coast University, the school's director for career services says it could anywhere between 3 to 6 months from the time you've started looking for a job and graduating. College seniors increase their chances if they begin looking for work before they finish school.

The robust job growth, however, doesn't meant seniors will land a job quickly. Most college counselors say graduates will enter a sluggish workforce filled with resumes and applications. Many often don't get a quick response from employers.

Your major also matters. The health care industry is experiencing a boom in new jobs nationwide. Locally, teaching jobs are still in high demand. At Edison State College, students who majored in education are having no trouble finding jobs in school districts across Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties.

The same survey found a 24.4% of college seniors already have post-graduation jobs lined up this year. The increase in employment could signal more and more students are settling on a single job offer instead of waiting for multiple ones.