These Are The 10 Best Jobs In Alabama For Recent College Grads

by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 4 years ago

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If you’ve just graduated from college, now’s about the time you’re probably wondering–what next?

For most of you, the answer will be simple: find a job. And for many of you, the answer will be: find any job. Because we’ve all heard the horror stories of graduating and the pickings being slim, we’ve decided to go ahead and save you some trouble.

After some research and number crunching, we’ve determined the 10 best jobs for recent college grads in Alabama. Here they are:

  1. Industrial Engineers
  2. Technical Writers
  3. Database Administrators
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  6. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  7. Computer Programmers
  8. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  9. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  10. Management Analysts

We know what you’re thinking–industrial engineers? Really?

You’ll want to keep reading to find out just how we came up with this list and why each job made the cut. Yes, even process engineer.

How we determined the best entry level jobs in Alabama

We’ve been talking to a lot of recent college graduates recently, so we have a pretty good sense of what they want in their first job. Their list normally goes in something like this order:

  1. ANY JOB!! (Availability of jobs)
  2. Location
  3. Pay
  4. Potential for growth
  5. Work life balance

Lucky for everyone, there’s data available from various sources for ech of the items on this list. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data on pay by location, each state’s Department of Labor compiles job growth statistics, and ONet Online, another government source, has data on job requirements.

We combined data from each of these sources to produce a master database that contains information for every profession. Specifically, we looked at the following criteria:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Only for jobs in Alabama that require a college degree.
  • Average annual entry level salary .
  • Projected growth as an industry over the next 10 years.

By limiting the dataset to only those jobs that require a bachelors degree, we were left with 29 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 29 with 1 being the best.

Next, we took the average of each job’s rankings to create a “Job Score”.

Finally, we ranked every job’s “Job Score” from 1 to 29 with 1, again, being the best.

One Job Please

Just graduating from college can be a scary time–but don’t forget, it’s also exciting. You have so many options, so many jobs to pick (or not pick! Go travel!), and so many choices! The world is your oyster, and with this list, so is the job market.

Below is a more detailed look at the best jobs for recent college graduates in the Heart of Dixie.

Detailed List Of The Best Entry Level Jobs In Alabama For Recent College Grads

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Industrial Engineers 17.78% $55,390 4,570
2 Technical Writers 19.32% $40,520 1,050
3 Database Administrators 14.52% $44,760 2,130
4 Computer Systems Analysts 23.79% $50,030 7,180
5 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 14.52% $36,910 2,840
6 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 2.16% $62,390 1,890
7 Computer Programmers -7.31% $49,790 4,820
8 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 18.67% $22,000 2,670
9 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 10.12% $43,940 5,440
10 Management Analysts 17.12% $44,590 7,250
11 Psychiatric Technicians 14.29% $17,470 1,600
12 Residential Advisors 16.4% $16,610 2,200
13 Web Developers 31.03% $29,550 1,140
14 Insurance Sales Agents 8.54% $25,950 8,390
15 Computer Network Support Specialists 14.84% $35,260 1,780
16 Cost Estimators 10.42% $35,040 2,860
17 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents 0.0% $28,250 1,010
18 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 6.09% $33,680 2,960
19 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 14.12% $16,910 4,040
20 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 5.84% $26,950 3,080
21 Human Resources Specialists 5.69% $33,340 4,460
22 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 10.16% $34,910 1,410
23 Recreation Workers 9.27% $16,340 6,840
24 Social and Human Service Assistants 17.59% $16,800 2,340
25 Coaches and Scouts 5.99% $16,320 3,360
26 Rehabilitation Counselors 7.22% $17,810 1,040
27 Clergy 5.65% $20,110 11,220
28 Advertising Sales Agents -1.3% $18,690 1,520
29 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 4.57% $20,840 6,640
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