Job searching after graduating from college opens many possibilities.
Recent college graduates may not know how to follow their dreams and enjoy good pay. The more money you make the more free time you will have and the more freedom you will have to do as you want. Today’s economy in uncertain and rapidly changing so finding the jobs for recent college graduates can use a little guidance.
Best Paying Jobs
A recent report released by CNN listed the average level entry salary for some positions.
Most positions have seen a 4% increase from 2008. Let’s have a look at some of the best paying jobs.
- Those graduating with technical degrees saw almost an 8% increase.
- Marketing graduates saw approx. a 5% increase.
- Engineering grads saw a 6% increase while those who specialized saw a 6.2% increase.
- Civil engineering graduates saw a 5% increase.
- Finance and Accounting grads saw only a 2% increase.
- Business Administration graduates saw only a 1% increase.
10 Jobs for Recent Graduates
Here are a few of the average salaries associated with 10 of the most common career choices from highest starting salary to lowest.
- Economics – $53,000 – Careers range from working for government agencies to private business consulting.
- Nursing – $53,000 – Nursing majors can find work in clinics, hospitals, doctor offices, etc.
- Chemistry – $52,000 – Chemists can find work in the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories government, and private, research and development, and chemical manufacturing.
- Political science – $43,600 – Work available in the private sector as well as in all levels of government, and in non-profit organizations.
- Human resources – $40,250 – Human resources majors can find work in payroll, as HR assistants, as benefits coordinators, etc.
- Communications – $35,200 – For those with communications degrees the job opportunities include those in public relations, marketing, journalism, business management, and advertising.
- English literature – $34 800 – English majors find work in education, as well as writing and editing for newspapers, or broadcasting.
- Journalism – $32,250 – Journalism majors will find s careers in media relations, broadcasting, print, or radio journalism.
- Psychology – $31,000 – Psychology graduates can find work in mental health or the social services sectors.
Best Growth Prospects and Jobs for Recent College Graduates
Start salary is defiantly one aspect you’ll want to consider in choosing an opportunity as a recent college graduate, especially if you post secondary education has left you with a large amount of debt.
You’ll want to consider how the salary will grow as you gain more experience, and whether you will have the opportunity to advance into significant career opportunities. Finally, consider what you can expect from your career over the next 25 to 30 years.
Salary vs. Opportunity
For example, those entering nursing careers can expect higher salaries at the start but have fewer opportunities to move into positions that pay more, whereas those who enter fields in business are likely to start with a lower salary but can expect more opportunities for significant increases in salary as they are promoted into managerial positions.
Internships for Recent Graduates
Many opportunities exist to begin in lower paying positions as interns but with the opportunity to enjoy significant salary increases as the internship is completed and you move up the career ladder. Getting an internship after graduating is gives you opportunities to gain skills that will make you more marketable.
“Recent college graduates are like newborns ready to be molded and to learn.”