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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 2 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 Arizona. Here they are:

  1. Computer Systems Analysts
  2. Cost Estimators
  3. Web Developers
  4. Database Administrators
  5. Technical Writers
  6. Computer Network Support Specialists
  7. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  8. Sales Engineers
  9. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  10. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

We know what you’re thinking–computer systems analysts? 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 epic consultant.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Arizona

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 Arizona 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 31 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 31 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 31 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 Grand Canyon State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Systems Analysts 39.43% $49,000 20,900
2 Cost Estimators 41.37% $34,720 6,390
3 Web Developers 45.59% $34,090 3,960
4 Database Administrators 24.65% $39,760 4,500
5 Technical Writers 26.53% $42,870 1,240
6 Computer Network Support Specialists 24.65% $33,810 7,080
7 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 24.83% $25,050 3,770
8 Sales Engineers 20.93% $62,650 2,080
9 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 10.17% $58,920 4,660
10 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 4.04% $54,550 6,180
11 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 24.25% $42,080 9,170
12 Management Analysts 25.33% $41,070 13,360
13 Human Resources Specialists 22.29% $33,980 12,180
14 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 21.28% $39,570 5,130
15 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 23.4% $32,880 5,800
16 Community Health Workers 22.73% $22,790 1,080
17 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 20.07% $31,170 3,590
18 Industrial Engineers 5.68% $63,830 5,020
19 Clergy 16.67% $23,550 2,030
20 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 21.95% $26,690 4,500
21 Interior Designers 25.56% $19,070 1,130
22 Psychiatric Technicians 20.83% $19,600 2,030
23 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 20.38% $18,480 2,540
24 Social and Human Service Assistants 23.43% $20,640 8,640
25 Computer Programmers 2.71% $41,330 4,930
26 Residential Advisors 22.03% $21,580 1,440
27 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 16.19% $24,580 26,480
28 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School 12.62% $32,330 1,160
29 Advertising Sales Agents 7.66% $25,130 2,810
30 Coaches and Scouts 17.66% $17,680 3,930
31 Recreation Workers 15.13% $17,480 7,230