Job trends tend to change with time . Job market has take a complete turnaround after 2008 financial meltdown in US.
To answer your question , let us look at statistics from couple of different sources .
A recent report from glassdoor lists the industries with highest job openings.
In May 2014, the employment trends from indeed.com would show following results
A good post which industries have highest job openings. Now what you may see is the number of jobs. Salaries will depend on your experience, expertise and interview skills. In information technology, UI(User interface) engineer commands a premium in current job market. Highest demand skill in for computer science majors
Another thing to keep in mind is that as an international student looking for permanent, full-time job, you will need to get H1B visa sponsorship afterwards. This seems to be a challenge for a lot of international students. So not only look for high demand jobs in the US, look for high demand jobs for foreigners in the US. Those jobs are normally more technical or in engineering, IT, computer. But there are plenty of business jobs too. Companies are more open to sponsoring more technical roles, generally. That being said, there is always exception to everything, the most important thing is to study and do what you love.
Another growing trend in the US is working for startups. They are more about hiring the right person who can wear multiple hats, do the job, and grow the company. I know multiple people who are sponsored in a heart beat, some in engineering and some in business roles. The matter is choosing the right startups to pursue, especially in their growth stage.
Cost for startups to sponsor is also lower. And startups are more perceptive since it’s crucial for them to have the right people.
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