Five Hot Jobs for New Grads
College graduations were happening all around us last month. With a little hard work and preparation, all those hours of study will pay off with that most coveted reward: A job.
That’s right –the job market is now full of another fresh wave of newly-minted college graduates just like you. If you haven’t already begun networking, interning, crafting a resume, volunteering and applying for work, now’s the time to get cracking.
In today’s competitive job market, it’s hard to know where to look to find professional, entry-level, well-paying positions.
Below are five solid, professional, entry-level positions for career-minded people who have earned their degree. These jobs are excellent launching pads for careers, have realistic starting salaries and offer potential for long-term professional growth.
And as a bonus, if you are a military spouse or dependent, or if you are planning to leave the service in the next year or so, working towards a degree in these fields can still pay off down the road. They are all expected to remain as hot jobs for the next few years.
If You Are: A hybrid, as keen with the technical as you are the creative. You stay abreast of technological developments, are deadline-oriented and enjoy teamwork.
And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or related field.
Then You Can: Design Web sites and develop Web applications.
Salary and Growth Potential: Entry level Web designers generally earn a median salary of $50K. Those with more experience usually gain greater responsibility, including managing staff and more complex projects.
If You Are: An adept creator and problem solver.
And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Then You Can: Write and develop computer programs.
Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level computer programmers typically earn a median salary of $54K. Those with a successful track record can grow into supervisory or managerial roles with additional responsibilities.
If You Are: Someone with superb attention to detail and a methodical approach to problem solving, with a knack for uncovering project requirements and underlying needs.
And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field.
Then You Can: Develop, coordinate and manage databases.
Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level database analysts generally earn a median salary of $55K. Solid performance usually results in advancement to supervisory and managerial level.
If You Are: An inquisitive person with excellent research skills who loves both the environment and problem solving.
And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Then You Can: Engineer solutions that work to control environmental health hazards.
Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level environmental engineers usually earn a median salary of $52K while working with more experienced engineers. Successful performance will yield additional responsibility.
If You Are: An observer and appreciator of behavioral trends with keen research and strategic skills.
And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or economics.
Then You Can: Assist with product or service demand forecasting, demographic analysis and campaign planning.
Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level marketing coordinators earn a median salary of $49K. Strong performance and experience can result in advancement to manager, director or vice president.
Regardless of the job field, an investment in your education is an investment in your growth potential. If you haven’t selected your degree program yet, research areas that are a good fit with your personal strengths, interests and career development potential.
Military students can also prepare by discussing their transition into school or civilian workforce with a transition counselor.
Find a school that fits your education goals with our School Finder and start planning your new career now!