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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 1 year 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 Iowa. Here they are:

  1. Computer Systems Analysts
  2. Insurance Sales Agents
  3. Computer Network Support Specialists
  4. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  5. Database Administrators
  6. Rehabilitation Counselors
  7. Industrial Engineers
  8. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  9. Management Analysts
  10. Social and Human Service Assistants

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 computer systems analysts.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Iowa

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 Iowa 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 23 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 23 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 23 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 Hawkeye State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Systems Analysts 27.87% $50,850 6,790
2 Insurance Sales Agents 21.37% $25,010 7,780
3 Computer Network Support Specialists 13.25% $34,850 1,880
4 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 19.55% $22,900 1,590
5 Database Administrators 17.65% $43,860 1,000
6 Rehabilitation Counselors 14.03% $20,700 2,520
7 Industrial Engineers 5.79% $52,530 2,560
8 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 10.74% $42,730 3,610
9 Management Analysts 18.7% $42,080 6,220
10 Social and Human Service Assistants 15.16% $18,670 5,850
11 Cost Estimators 12.98% $34,170 2,350
12 Web Developers 32.29% $28,500 1,270
13 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 13.84% $40,300 1,810
14 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 15.33% $28,130 1,730
15 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 8.99% $29,710 19,280
16 Coaches and Scouts 7.36% $16,120 5,690
17 Recreation Workers 11.51% $16,690 5,910
18 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 10.24% $29,210 1,830
19 Human Resources Specialists 6.38% $30,130 2,000
20 Advertising Sales Agents 4.9% $23,290 2,140
21 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 13.74% $17,740 2,070
22 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 7.78% $32,910 1,940
23 Computer Programmers -6.58% $43,110 3,550

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