The 10 Best Jobs In North Carolina 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, 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 North Carolina. Here they are:

  1. Computer Systems Analysts
  2. Credit Analysts
  3. Technical Writers
  4. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  5. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  6. Sales Engineers
  7. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  8. Web Developers
  9. Cost Estimators
  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 computer systems analysts.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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 39 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 39 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 39 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 Tar Heel State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Systems Analysts 28.89% $54,450 22,260
2 Credit Analysts 23.79% $43,720 3,330
3 Technical Writers 22.71% $45,650 2,540
4 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 26.05% $42,260 6,580
5 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 29.07% $29,260 10,080
6 Sales Engineers 8.8% $46,710 2,720
7 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 5.09% $65,470 2,890
8 Web Developers 32.06% $33,230 5,190
9 Cost Estimators 17.51% $32,820 6,710
10 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 12.94% $46,660 12,130
11 Management Analysts 23.3% $43,420 19,530
12 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 20.83% $26,740 1,450
13 Database Administrators 18.25% $44,320 3,240
14 Computer Network Support Specialists 12.2% $33,400 7,360
15 Industrial Engineers 6.26% $54,090 7,470
16 Human Resources Specialists 10.36% $34,270 15,770
17 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 12.65% $26,430 10,950
18 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 21.42% $17,350 7,710
19 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 11.64% $42,960 10,840
20 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 26.7% $31,660 2,230
21 Credit Counselors 42.25% $27,470 1,010
22 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 13.64% $49,150 2,500
23 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 8.81% $32,340 5,190
24 Computer Programmers 1.9% $47,170 8,060
25 Multimedia Artists and Animators 13.9% $33,830 2,130
26 Insurance Sales Agents 13.12% $24,690 12,850
27 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 3.86% $60,700 3,500
28 Rehabilitation Counselors 14.42% $18,510 3,730
29 Commercial and Industrial Designers 9.38% $39,200 1,050
30 Coaches and Scouts 13.98% $17,070 7,990
31 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 16.67% $24,270 2,450
32 Social and Human Service Assistants 16.19% $19,920 10,260
33 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents -1.18% $32,290 1,680
34 Recreation Workers 14.99% $16,610 10,660
35 Clergy 11.14% $26,850 21,550
36 Residential Advisors 17.11% $17,060 2,190
37 Advertising Sales Agents 1.15% $22,830 4,380
38 Psychiatric Technicians 2.91% $25,190 2,120
39 Interior Designers 10.24% $18,810 1,830