The 10 Best Jobs In Nebraska For 2017 College Grads

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 2 years ago
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If you’re about 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 Nebraska. Here they are:

  1. Database Administrators
  2. Computer Systems Analysts
  3. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  4. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  5. Web Developers
  6. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  7. Management Analysts
  8. Social and Human Service Assistants
  9. Computer Programmers
  10. Industrial Engineers

We know what you’re thinking–database administrators? 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 database administrator.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Nebraska

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 something like this:

  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 each 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 Nebraska 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 22 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 22 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 22 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 Cornhusker State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Database Administrators 14.81% $43,160 1,240
2 Computer Systems Analysts 24.92% $46,060 4,160
3 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 12.9% $43,630 3,850
4 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 15.03% $25,540 1,760
5 Web Developers 32.48% $32,040 1,550
6 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11.73% $40,520 1,810
7 Management Analysts 19.68% $47,960 3,770
8 Social and Human Service Assistants 14.26% $19,260 6,170
9 Computer Programmers -2.9% $42,190 3,350
10 Industrial Engineers 12.93% $51,880 1,310
11 Computer Network Support Specialists 13.73% $38,280 1,160
12 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 7.19% $35,070 1,490
13 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 16.18% $31,400 1,580
14 Human Resources Specialists 9.5% $33,490 3,690
15 Insurance Sales Agents 9.35% $24,240 4,910
16 Rehabilitation Counselors 13.19% $24,180 1,030
17 Cost Estimators 12.23% $30,320 1,560
18 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6.86% $27,150 12,150
19 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 9.55% $17,930 2,410
20 Advertising Sales Agents 1.67% $22,110 1,220
21 Recreation Workers 12.97% $17,490 2,700
22 Coaches and Scouts 6.92% $17,440 1,700