The 10 Best Jobs In Michigan For 2017 College Grads

We used the latest job data to find the best jobs in MI for 2017 college graduates.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarCollege Grad Jobs, Rankings - 1 year ago

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If you’re going to graduate from college soon, 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 2017 college grads in Michigan. Here they are:

  1. Industrial Engineers
  2. Credit Counselors
  3. Commercial and Industrial Designers
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Management Analysts
  6. Database Administrators
  7. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  8. Computer Network Support Specialists
  9. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  10. Sales Engineers

We know what you’re thinking–industrial engineers? 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 industrial engineers.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Michigan

We’ve been talking to a lot of 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 Michigan 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 37 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 37 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 37 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 2017 college graduates in the Wolverine State.

Detailed List Of The Best Entry Level Jobs In Michigan For 2017 College Grads

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Industrial Engineers 13.52% $55,580 25,610
2 Credit Counselors 36.07% $31,430 1,660
3 Commercial and Industrial Designers 10.24% $48,120 6,350
4 Computer Systems Analysts 22.65% $47,810 17,710
5 Management Analysts 14.22% $47,510 19,680
6 Database Administrators 13.99% $49,330 3,340
7 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 12.61% $29,130 1,340
8 Computer Network Support Specialists 11.37% $32,120 6,170
9 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 8.77% $40,410 7,690
10 Sales Engineers 7.63% $54,170 2,540
11 Web Developers 24.65% $35,110 3,590
12 Clergy 10.91% $20,560 4,370
13 Cost Estimators 9.25% $35,230 7,440
14 Community Health Workers 12.32% $19,350 2,370
15 Insurance Sales Agents 11.39% $27,520 20,250
16 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 9.45% $44,300 10,890
17 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 10.32% $18,710 2,780
18 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 10.14% $22,870 7,280
19 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 8.82% $39,930 8,880
20 Technical Writers 11.93% $39,750 1,220
21 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 14.07% $22,980 3,080
22 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 6.71% $56,180 3,660
23 Human Resources Specialists 7.36% $33,290 13,710
24 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 15.97% $25,210 1,380
25 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 18.88% $18,220 8,310
26 Social and Human Service Assistants 11.06% $18,720 12,150
27 Recreation Workers 9.11% $17,690 14,490
28 Coaches and Scouts 2.86% $17,950 9,360
29 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 8.84% $30,810 5,910
30 Credit Analysts 8.87% $34,530 1,350
31 Surveyors 2.48% $28,140 1,240
32 Interior Designers 8.7% $21,660 1,250
33 Rehabilitation Counselors 6.84% $19,520 2,810
34 Computer Programmers -8.73% $43,630 5,960
35 Advertising Sales Agents 0.85% $19,340 4,740
36 Residential Advisors 10.88% $18,650 2,140
37 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2.58% $29,230 3,180

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