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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 Illinois. Here they are:
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.
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:
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:
By limiting the dataset to only those jobs that require a bachelors degree, we were left with 40 jobs to rank.
We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 40 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 40 with 1, again, being the best.
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 Prairie State.
|1||Computer Systems Analysts||24.49%|
|3||Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers||6.23%|
|4||Computer Network Support Specialists||14.65%|
|7||Network and Computer Systems Administrators||9.62%|
|10||Community Health Workers||10.44%|
|11||Advertising Sales Agents||7.94%|
|12||Commercial and Industrial Designers||1.96%|
|13||Insurance Sales Agents||12.23%|
|14||Paralegals and Legal Assistants||8.55%|
|15||Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products||6.56%|
|18||Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners||8.77%|
|20||Multimedia Artists and Animators||5.15%|
|21||Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||19.39%|
|23||Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians||8.27%|
|24||Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists||5.39%|
|25||Human Resources Specialists||5.11%|
|30||Self-Enrichment Education Teachers||15.0%|
|31||Directors, Religious Activities and Education||5.36%|
|33||Electronics Engineers, Except Computer||1.07%|
|34||Social and Human Service Assistants||11.66%|
|36||Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health||7.58%|
|37||Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents||-2.89%|
|39||Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education||-0.57%|
|40||Coaches and Scouts||1.69%|
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