The 10 Best Jobs In Oregon For 2017 College Grads

We used the latest job data to find the best jobs in OR 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 Oregon. Here they are:

  1. Web Developers
  2. Industrial Engineers
  3. Cost Estimators
  4. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  5. Computer Systems Analysts
  6. Sales Engineers
  7. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  8. Forest and Conservation Workers
  9. Management Analysts
  10. Interior Designers

We know what you’re thinking–web developers? 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 web developer.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Oregon

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 Oregon 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 30 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 30 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 30 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 Beaver State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Web Developers 42.23% $34,370 4,850
2 Industrial Engineers 20.79% $64,850 4,300
3 Cost Estimators 21.72% $32,980 4,540
4 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.28% $29,280 1,430
5 Computer Systems Analysts 28.18% $54,730 6,550
6 Sales Engineers 15.46% $66,320 1,120
7 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 14.35% $43,820 2,470
8 Forest and Conservation Workers 15.75% $24,580 2,940
9 Management Analysts 17.65% $51,030 7,400
10 Interior Designers 16.07% $29,690 1,300
11 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 20.95% $22,200 3,580
12 Database Administrators 18.26% $49,100 1,360
13 Social and Human Service Assistants 17.32% $21,820 8,130
14 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 16.85% $32,870 5,410
15 Residential Advisors 23.3% $19,590 1,270
16 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 17.74% $28,190 1,460
17 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 12.17% $52,040 2,120
18 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 15.83% $32,660 3,220
19 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 14.47% $39,540 4,430
20 Rehabilitation Counselors 12.99% $23,480 2,000
21 Human Resources Specialists 10.76% $33,530 6,380
22 Clergy 6.32% $20,020 4,540
23 Computer Network Support Specialists 12.92% $35,670 2,010
24 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 17.42% $27,590 1,550
25 Computer Programmers 3.24% $43,900 3,190
26 Insurance Sales Agents 11.82% $29,070 5,580
27 Coaches and Scouts 12.87% $19,500 3,770
28 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 5.63% $19,470 1,690
29 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 9.6% $32,530 1,370
30 Advertising Sales Agents -5.67% $21,230 1,330

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