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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 3 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 Massachusetts. Here they are:

  1. Business Analyst
  2. Cytotechnologist
  3. Teacher
  4. Counselor
  5. Sales Manager
  6. Technician Writer
  7. Programmer
  8. Laboratory Technician
  9. Financial Advisor
  10. Database Administrator

We know what you’re thinking–business analyst? 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 business analyst.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts 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 36 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 36 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 36 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 Bay State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Business Analyst 7.21% $51,460 28,120
2 Cytotechnologist 7.54% $49,300 6,850
3 Instructor 6.33% $52,020 2,520
4 Counselor 6.52% $25,050 4,250
5 Sales Engineer 2.32% $66,380 3,530
6 Technician Writer 3.49% $53,490 2,370
7 Programmer 6.33% $56,120 9,570
8 Laboratory Technician 7.68% $29,450 6,450
9 Finance Aid Advisor 5.98% $35,140 1,240
10 Database Administrator 5.79% $47,690 4,020
11 Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist 2.28% $65,480 4,480
12 Community Health Worker 5.42% $26,550 2,140
13 Job Coach 5.22% $22,600 7,050
14 Sales Representative 2.04% $48,150 15,500
15 Resident Advisor 4.99% $21,950 5,260
16 Systems Administrator 4.86% $53,320 10,350
17 Web Developer 4.73% $44,190 4,870
18 Epic Consultant 4.48% $58,580 17,270
19 Process Engineer -1.8% $63,190 7,080
20 Legal Assistant 6.51% $28,500 7,360
21 Case Manager 4.72% $20,280 20,850
22 Coach 6.13% $19,090 7,450
23 Kindergarten Teacher 5.99% $43,010 3,890
24 Interior Designer 5.26% $35,910 1,400
25 Recruiter 4.55% $39,630 14,010
26 Credit Analyst 3.33% $47,390 2,170
27 Animator 0.0% $43,380 1,840
28 Estimator 4.2% $38,120 5,700
29 Account Executive 5.63% $34,330 3,380
30 Network Technician 3.67% $47,870 3,670
31 Event Coordinator 4.4% $36,060 2,610
32 Insurance Agent 4.72% $33,020 8,430
33 Camp Counselor 3.67% $19,020 11,860
34 Designer 0.0% $35,900 1,040
35 Tax Examiner -1.85% $40,730 2,120
36 Mental Health Technician -0.44% $21,190 6,840

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