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 New Jersey. Here they are:
We know what you’re thinking–computer programmers? 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 programmer.
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:
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:
By limiting the dataset to only those jobs that require a bachelors degree, we were left with 38 jobs to rank.
We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 38 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 38 with 1, again, being the best.
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 Garden State.
|2||Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists||12.78%|
|3||Computer Systems Analysts||17.0%|
|4||Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||17.23%|
|7||Self-Enrichment Education Teachers||13.52%|
|8||Network and Computer Systems Administrators||6.12%|
|10||Social and Human Service Assistants||11.25%|
|11||Electronics Engineers, Except Computer||-0.85%|
|13||Commercial and Industrial Designers||5.5%|
|15||Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers||10.22%|
|16||Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners||10.92%|
|17||Computer Network Support Specialists||3.08%|
|18||Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education||2.28%|
|19||Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians||15.25%|
|23||Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health||4.67%|
|24||Human Resources Specialists||5.25%|
|26||Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products||2.71%|
|27||Paralegals and Legal Assistants||5.88%|
|29||Insurance Sales Agents||4.01%|
|30||Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents||-8.48%|
|31||Community Health Workers||12.0%|
|32||Coaches and Scouts||8.05%|
|35||Multimedia Artists and Animators||2.0%|
|38||Advertising Sales Agents||-4.84%|