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

We used the latest job data to find the best jobs in MN 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 Minnesota. Here they are:

  1. Computer Repairman
  2. Web Developer
  3. Counselor
  4. Database Administrator
  5. Credit Analyst
  6. Pilot
  7. Cytotechnologist
  8. Sales Engineer
  9. Computer Engineer
  10. Community Health Worker

We know what you’re thinking-computer repairman? 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 repairman.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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 recent college graduates in the North Star State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Epic Consultant 18.03% $56,900 16,170
2 Web Developer 18.51% $36,780 4,290
3 Counselor 15.93% $33,980 2,620
4 Database Administrator 8.75% $52,610 2,860
5 Credit Analyst 3.99% $45,620 2,870
6 Pilot -4.02% $75,290 3,100
7 Cytotechnologist 12.97% $47,680 3,920
8 Sales Engineer 2.66% $57,920 1,930
9 Process Engineer 1.14% $56,810 7,990
10 Community Health Worker 17.31% $25,920 1,220
11 Case Manager 14.15% $21,980 17,830
12 Business Analyst 8.62% $50,530 15,750
13 Job Coach 9.09% $24,020 3,240
14 Systems Administrator 4.4% $52,290 9,020
15 Technician Writer 5.43% $42,130 1,360
16 Laboratory Technician 14.84% $33,110 3,560
17 Finance Aid Advisor 23.76% $33,440 1,250
18 Programmer -12.48% $49,930 6,380
19 Instructor 15.01% $18,240 8,580
20 Estimator 5.38% $36,480 4,310
21 Insurance Agent 10.66% $35,100 9,240
22 Camp Counselor 12.22% $17,840 9,460
23 Recruiter 2.33% $36,160 12,750
24 Sales Representative 2.72% $48,280 6,040
25 Network Technician 6.61% $41,940 3,550
26 Resident Advisor 23.24% $22,190 2,280
27 Tax Examiner 0.0% $41,240 1,280
28 Legal Assistant 5.85% $32,640 5,610
29 Animator 5.93% $35,240 1,250
30 Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist -10.87% $65,450 1,230
31 Kindergarten Teacher 1.28% $33,320 3,170
32 Director 2.4% $23,720 2,990
33 Event Coordinator 6.48% $23,530 2,300
34 Pastor 3.32% $26,060 5,600
35 Account Executive -3.42% $23,990 2,820
36 Interior Designer 2.0% $25,310 1,020
37 Coach 4.71% $18,380 4,670

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