These Are The 10 Best Jobs In New York For Recent College Grads

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 2 years 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 New York. Here they are:

  1. Computer Systems Analysts
  2. Web Developers
  3. Management Analysts
  4. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
  5. Film and Video Editors
  6. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  7. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  8. Credit Analysts
  9. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  10. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

We know what you’re thinking–computer systems analysts? 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 epic consultant.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in New York

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 New York 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 48 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 48 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 48 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 Empire State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Systems Analysts 30.09% $52,720 48,860
2 Web Developers 34.72% $38,260 14,550
3 Management Analysts 22.24% $50,490 63,150
4 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 11.27% $41,060 3,950
5 Film and Video Editors 19.44% $29,000 6,020
6 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 24.81% $28,740 11,770
7 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 21.79% $28,120 12,130
8 Credit Analysts 6.73% $52,370 6,500
9 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 27.65% $20,720 54,530
10 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 14.9% $50,240 28,690
11 Environmental Engineering Technicians 29.55% $26,990 1,710
12 Commercial and Industrial Designers 11.43% $37,320 3,510
13 Database Administrators 17.21% $44,020 8,580
14 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 21.69% $30,140 3,590
15 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 19.81% $18,920 4,960
16 Technical Writers 19.81% $43,820 2,480
17 Traffic Technicians 11.51% $23,260 1,550
18 Advertising Sales Agents 9.82% $31,470 28,970
19 Multimedia Artists and Animators 11.39% $40,110 6,650
20 Human Resources Specialists 12.87% $41,290 35,250
21 Sales Engineers 12.94% $57,020 2,880
22 Cost Estimators 25.22% $35,190 12,710
23 Social and Human Service Assistants 16.52% $21,210 39,210
24 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 2.59% $66,060 5,150
25 Rehabilitation Counselors 16.51% $22,650 11,500
26 Community Health Workers 22.26% $25,310 4,010
27 Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists 15.0% $27,130 1,150
28 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents 0.31% $40,870 6,470
29 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 10.75% $34,470 25,960
30 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 9.5% $50,330 11,410
31 Computer Programmers 0.86% $45,070 23,460
32 Recreation Workers 18.28% $18,780 35,590
33 Industrial Engineers 9.88% $53,870 9,450
34 Credit Counselors 15.51% $34,410 2,160
35 Computer Network Support Specialists 11.94% $37,750 10,410
36 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 10.99% $40,760 1,010
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 10.11% $44,090 15,470
38 Clergy 9.09% $19,410 13,440
39 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 4.89% $55,670 4,290
40 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 16.42% $28,860 10,280
41 Interior Designers 5.16% $30,830 4,480
42 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 4.76% $36,920 7,270
43 Residential Advisors 18.32% $21,100 7,880
44 Insurance Sales Agents 3.72% $30,870 28,420
45 Surveyors 3.62% $41,680 1,430
46 Coaches and Scouts 16.31% $19,820 17,970
47 Statistical Assistants -8.47% $36,320 1,080
48 Psychiatric Technicians 4.23% $26,520 1,480

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