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

  1. Chemical Engineer
  2. Laboratory Technician
  3. Cytotechnologist
  4. Credit Analyst
  5. Computer Repairman
  6. Counselor
  7. Business Analyst
  8. Database Administrator
  9. Recruiter
  10. Resident Advisor

We know what you’re thinking–process engineer? 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 chemical engineer.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Tennessee

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 Tennessee 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 32 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 32 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 32 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 Volunteer State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Process Engineer 16.51% $48,820 6,070
2 Laboratory Technician 33.79% $23,180 8,790
3 Cytotechnologist 17.63% $40,870 5,270
4 Credit Analyst 21.19% $34,140 1,830
5 Epic Consultant 31.04% $46,230 12,370
6 Counselor 38.69% $21,600 1,900
7 Business Analyst 26.91% $41,180 12,120
8 Database Administrator 22.22% $44,350 2,090
9 Recruiter 19.91% $29,290 7,890
10 Resident Advisor 24.24% $16,110 3,280
11 Systems Administrator 18.88% $43,050 7,240
12 Kindergarten Teacher 14.32% $34,310 5,430
13 Legal Assistant 20.12% $26,820 5,790
14 Estimator 16.41% $32,790 3,830
15 Network Technician 16.1% $37,530 3,100
16 Manager 3.66% $32,240 2,830
17 Event Coordinator 33.88% $22,200 1,620
18 Insurance Agent 11.46% $25,810 9,240
19 Web Developer 18.93% $32,430 2,010
20 Job Coach 16.89% $16,070 2,630
21 Tax Examiner -7.09% $33,000 1,310
22 Coach 21.54% $17,660 3,950
23 Programmer 15.04% $33,270 6,120
24 Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist 9.48% $55,770 1,270
25 Sales Representative 10.52% $24,260 27,620
26 Camp Counselor 13.35% $16,330 5,350
27 Account Executive 0.52% $18,320 1,940
28 Interior Designer 8.33% $19,080 1,040
29 Pastor 7.03% $25,550 12,940
30 Instructor 15.97% $17,030 3,630
31 Case Manager 16.19% $17,620 2,870
32 Mental Health Technician 10.0% $20,640 1,320