The 10 Best Jobs In New Mexico For 2017 College Grads

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

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

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If you’re about to graduate 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 2017 college grads in New Mexico. Here they are:

  1. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  2. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  3. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  4. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  5. Social and Human Service Assistants
  6. Computer Network Support Specialists
  7. Computer Systems Analysts
  8. Management Analysts
  9. Recreation Workers
  10. Industrial Engineers

We know what you’re thinking–medical and clinical laboratory technologists? 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 medical lab technologists.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in New Mexico

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 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 Mexico 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 17 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 17 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 17 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 Land of Enchantment.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 21.57% $29,120 1,240
2 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 9.76% $37,030 1,350
3 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 1.63% $65,690 1,250
4 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 6.82% $43,700 1,880
5 Social and Human Service Assistants 12.41% $20,680 3,260
6 Computer Network Support Specialists 5.36% $33,400 1,180
7 Computer Systems Analysts 16.96% $39,470 1,310
8 Management Analysts 8.57% $39,570 3,420
9 Recreation Workers 8.81% $16,450 2,470
10 Industrial Engineers 0.81% $71,160 1,240
11 Psychiatric Technicians 1.8% $18,600 1,130
12 Insurance Sales Agents 14.84% $26,140 2,090
13 Human Resources Specialists 3.94% $31,460 2,640
14 Computer Programmers -16.33% $57,090 1,230
15 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1.48% $26,500 1,370
16 Coaches and Scouts 8.33% $16,990 1,170
17 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 5.06% $22,500 5,400

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