These Are The 10 Best Jobs In Louisiana 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 Louisiana. Here they are:

  1. Programmer
  2. Computer Repairman
  3. Systems Administrator
  4. Cytotechnologist
  5. Process Engineer
  6. Kindergarten Teacher
  7. Sales Representative
  8. Surveyor
  9. Network Technician
  10. Laboratory Technician

We know what you’re thinking–programmer? 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 programmer.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Louisiana

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 Louisiana 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 21 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 21 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 21 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 Pelican State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Programmer 18.87% $40,390 2,520
2 Epic Consultant 30.33% $40,460 2,750
3 Systems Administrator 19.06% $35,370 3,810
4 Cytotechnologist 12.64% $31,320 3,120
5 Process Engineer 6.88% $47,480 2,330
6 Kindergarten Teacher 5.19% $40,240 2,430
7 Sales Representative 7.49% $29,050 26,400
8 Surveyor 0.0% $33,620 1,360
9 Network Technician 15.03% $28,670 1,760
10 Laboratory Technician 13.49% $21,380 2,860
11 Business Analyst 14.13% $38,380 4,200
12 Insurance Agent 8.33% $26,300 8,710
13 Estimator 5.93% $33,070 2,860
14 Legal Assistant 12.47% $27,430 4,060
15 Web Developer 27.91% $29,290 1,100
16 Case Manager 14.97% $17,660 3,840
17 Recruiter 5.35% $30,950 3,350
18 Camp Counselor 8.92% $16,160 3,420
19 Account Executive 0.0% $21,760 1,510
20 Instructor 14.96% $17,630 1,460
21 Coach 4.26% $19,680 1,470