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

  1. Computer Repairman
  2. Counselor
  3. Database Administrator
  4. Cytotechnologist
  5. Statistician
  6. Financial Aid Advisor
  7. Job Coach
  8. Sales Engineer
  9. Engineering Technician
  10. Web Developer

We know what you’re thinking–computer repairman? 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 repairman.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania 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 41 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 41 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 41 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 Keystone State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Epic Consultant 20.81% $50,740 29,030
2 Counselor 17.92% $27,210 10,200
3 Database Administrator 10.29% $43,500 6,110
4 Cytotechnologist 11.02% $41,060 9,570
5 Estimator 10.44% $37,460 11,000
6 Finance Aid Advisor 7.75% $32,790 1,390
7 Job Coach 12.31% $22,840 8,670
8 Sales Engineer 3.01% $52,160 3,080
9 Engineering Technician 8.06% $28,930 1,340
10 Web Developer 23.64% $34,320 5,700
11 Laboratory Technician 12.09% $26,420 10,850
12 Case Manager 13.62% $20,730 27,030
13 Systems Administrator 6.33% $45,890 15,790
14 Business Analyst 11.25% $43,670 29,770
15 Resident Advisor 10.11% $18,680 8,710
16 Process Engineer 2.49% $53,230 9,860
17 Recruiter 4.93% $36,190 21,300
18 Legal Assistant 9.01% $31,670 10,770
19 Programmer -0.73% $43,180 15,000
20 Field Technician 11.6% $26,660 2,020
21 Network Technician 5.49% $39,650 5,760
22 Sales Representative 3.82% $31,430 73,680
23 Insurance Agent 6.39% $26,960 21,300
24 Technician Writer 7.43% $40,600 1,590
25 Surveyor 2.38% $38,510 1,720
26 Event Coordinator 10.61% $26,220 3,650
27 Instructor 12.97% $17,710 15,240
28 Community Health Worker 14.4% $23,300 1,430
29 Credit Analyst 1.83% $39,420 2,220
30 Director -0.33% $17,960 8,970
31 Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist 0.0% $52,530 3,880
32 Camp Counselor 9.36% $16,690 16,010
33 Tax Examiner -3.32% $18,450 3,780
34 Pastor 0.71% $20,890 15,640
35 Designer 1.98% $34,090 2,060
36 Kindergarten Teacher 1.25% $27,860 5,650
37 Interior Designer 3.8% $24,920 1,910
38 Animator 1.82% $29,920 1,120
39 Mental Health Technician -3.36% $23,390 1,440
40 Coach 2.8% $17,020 8,430
41 Account Executive -1.46% $20,400 6,070