The 10 Best Jobs In New Jersey 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 New Jersey. Here they are:

  1. Computer Programmers
  2. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  3. Computer Systems Analysts
  4. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  5. Database Administrators
  6. Technical Writers
  7. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  8. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  9. Sales Engineers
  10. Social and Human Service Assistants

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.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in New Jersey

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:

  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 New Jersey 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 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.

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 Garden State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Programmers 15.13% $51,250 19,860
2 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 12.78% $51,090 5,470
3 Computer Systems Analysts 17.0% $60,730 18,170
4 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 17.23% $32,310 3,810
5 Database Administrators 8.28% $60,820 3,530
6 Technical Writers 7.65% $38,800 1,830
7 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 13.52% $22,880 16,630
8 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 6.12% $57,990 10,570
9 Sales Engineers 5.82% $54,840 2,000
10 Social and Human Service Assistants 11.25% $21,940 22,250
11 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer -0.85% $63,080 3,520
12 Management Analysts 10.77% $53,490 19,130
13 Commercial and Industrial Designers 5.5% $38,870 1,150
14 Web Developers 20.28% $37,520 3,440
15 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 10.22% $80,320 2,480
16 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 10.92% $33,120 2,640
17 Computer Network Support Specialists 3.08% $49,240 4,680
18 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2.28% $44,080 5,820
19 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 15.25% $32,400 3,250
20 Interior Designers 7.34% $29,030 2,340
21 Cost Estimators 10.2% $41,400 5,080
22 Recreation Workers 12.8% $18,280 15,070
23 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 4.67% $28,240 1,120
24 Human Resources Specialists 5.25% $41,990 13,040
25 Surveyors -1.89% $43,760 1,040
26 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2.71% $30,810 44,790
27 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 5.88% $31,480 6,660
28 Industrial Engineers -0.8% $60,580 3,730
29 Insurance Sales Agents 4.01% $30,660 14,020
30 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents -8.48% $46,900 1,510
31 Community Health Workers 12.0% $26,270 1,120
32 Coaches and Scouts 8.05% $21,330 7,250
33 Credit Analysts 2.59% $48,790 2,770
34 Clergy 7.03% $20,520 1,980
35 Multimedia Artists and Animators 2.0% $35,770 1,020
36 Rehabilitation Counselors 3.37% $22,290 1,840
37 Psychiatric Technicians -3.31% $32,290 1,170
38 Advertising Sales Agents -4.84% $31,300 2,360