These Are The 10 Best Jobs In Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma. Here they are:

  1. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  2. Management Analysts
  3. Community Health Workers
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  6. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  7. Cost Estimators
  8. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  9. Industrial Engineers
  10. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

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 cytotechnologist.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma 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 29 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 29 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 29 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 Sooner State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11.63% $37,270 2,400
2 Management Analysts 13.06% $41,470 7,100
3 Community Health Workers 11.84% $20,220 1,700
4 Computer Systems Analysts 20.5% $42,870 3,880
5 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 18.8% $19,120 1,580
6 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 13.62% $20,130 2,420
7 Cost Estimators 12.64% $31,310 1,960
8 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 10.61% $29,070 6,360
9 Industrial Engineers 11.17% $48,140 1,990
10 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 3.59% $56,780 1,730
11 Insurance Sales Agents 12.19% $21,720 6,260
12 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 5.36% $31,910 2,360
13 Web Developers 24.18% $30,270 1,130
14 Database Administrators 11.11% $38,840 1,000
15 Computer Network Support Specialists 9.29% $32,020 1,530
16 Surveyors 3.85% $26,460 1,080
17 Human Resources Specialists 6.97% $30,830 5,370
18 Rehabilitation Counselors 10.71% $16,590 2,170
19 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 10.26% $23,110 3,760
20 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 6.57% $36,950 3,080
21 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 9.24% $18,540 1,300
22 Clergy 9.78% $29,720 1,010
23 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 13.84% $17,430 2,550
24 Psychiatric Technicians 1.92% $21,310 1,060
25 Social and Human Service Assistants 11.18% $17,660 3,780
26 Computer Programmers -4.28% $28,820 2,460
27 Coaches and Scouts 4.32% $16,840 2,900
28 Advertising Sales Agents -3.55% $17,970 1,360
29 Recreation Workers 10.76% $16,380 3,190
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