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

We used the latest job data to find the best jobs in MD for recent college graduates.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarCollege 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 Maryland. Here they are:

  1. Systems Administrator
  2. Computer Repairman
  3. Technician Writer
  4. Database Administrator
  5. Web Developer
  6. Event Coordinator
  7. Business Analyst
  8. Radio Frequency Engineer
  9. Network Technician
  10. Resident Advisor

We know what you’re thinking–systems administrator? 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 systems administrator.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Maryland

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 Maryland 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 Old Line State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Systems Administrator 25.33% $58,710 17,810
2 Epic Consultant 36.61% $50,640 21,570
3 Technician Writer 25.81% $45,600 2,730
4 Database Administrator 28.22% $46,810 5,180
5 Web Developer 32.85% $29,870 6,430
6 Event Coordinator 47.54% $28,720 4,190
7 Business Analyst 19.17% $54,870 22,070
8 Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist 8.67% $73,630 5,640
9 Network Technician 15.53% $40,030 10,710
10 Resident Advisor 33.63% $19,340 7,390
11 Community Health Worker 35.19% $25,150 2,190
12 Counselor 30.43% $29,200 3,300
13 Laboratory Technician 25.68% $27,030 9,640
14 Sales Engineer 21.3% $56,260 1,310
15 Instructor 39.58% $19,120 11,390
16 Programmer 16.39% $54,350 6,890
17 Kindergarten Teacher 30.3% $38,360 5,590
18 Case Manager 36.02% $19,950 8,950
19 Estimator 16.94% $37,920 5,800
20 Recruiter 15.8% $39,450 13,340
21 Interior Designer 17.21% $29,490 1,430
22 Cytotechnologist 13.42% $36,960 6,930
23 Legal Assistant 19.12% $32,590 7,040
24 Job Coach 32.22% $22,300 2,380
25 Credit Analyst 20.54% $38,280 1,350
26 Sales Representative 12.3% $39,500 5,660
27 Coach 37.44% $18,190 5,910
28 Camp Counselor 29.41% $17,550 6,160
29 Insurance Agent 10.89% $27,250 7,230
30 Account Executive 0.74% $27,480 1,370
31 Process Engineer 10.61% $19,420 2,920

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