The 10 Best Jobs In Texas For 2017 College Grads

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
College 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 Texas. Here they are:

  1. Computer Systems Analysts
  2. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  3. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  4. Sales Engineers
  5. Database Administrators
  6. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  7. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  8. Credit Counselors
  9. Web Developers
  10. Technical Writers

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 Texas

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 something like this:

  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 Texas 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 49 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 49 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 49 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 Lone Star State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Systems Analysts 32.11% $53,490 77,430
2 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 26.67% $78,970 11,020
3 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 41.67% $34,310 2,040
4 Sales Engineers 20.77% $60,580 11,280
5 Database Administrators 23.69% $43,340 14,200
6 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 29.35% $40,810 16,000
7 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 24.46% $35,790 20,000
8 Credit Counselors 30.86% $27,180 4,240
9 Web Developers 36.6% $35,140 13,810
10 Technical Writers 23.23% $41,250 5,040
11 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 20.75% $49,920 38,820
12 Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists 21.89% $29,090 2,060
13 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 27.14% $31,760 28,250
14 Credit Analysts 19.11% $38,740 8,600
15 Cost Estimators 23.9% $34,720 20,270
16 Computer Network Support Specialists 19.56% $38,540 22,130
17 Management Analysts 24.45% $48,420 51,610
18 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 14.55% $66,540 14,330
19 Airfield Operations Specialists 18.75% $32,600 1,140
20 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 20.61% $39,030 32,180
21 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 22.05% $26,800 4,760
22 Interior Designers 21.19% $31,400 7,150
23 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 30.7% $25,110 15,200
24 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 14.67% $29,010 4,220
25 Community Health Workers 25.64% $24,440 4,900
26 Human Resources Specialists 17.1% $33,350 51,290
27 Surveyors 11.95% $30,170 5,340
28 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 30.3% $26,800 5,290
29 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 23.58% $26,210 9,800
30 Insurance Sales Agents 21.77% $25,990 51,580
31 Computer Programmers 0.39% $42,460 20,820
32 Industrial Engineers 13.15% $56,710 16,180
33 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 27.39% $18,630 27,070
34 Multimedia Artists and Animators 17.14% $34,100 4,580
35 Psychiatric Technicians 23.85% $21,130 4,050
36 Residential Advisors 23.72% $16,970 9,440
37 Film and Video Editors 29.06% $17,600 1,510
38 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 20.0% $19,740 1,080
39 Rehabilitation Counselors 22.11% $25,240 6,020
40 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 13.93% $17,860 3,190
41 Social and Human Service Assistants 23.92% $18,510 19,220
42 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products 18.39% $26,820 1,030
43 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents -2.2% $32,360 4,010
44 Commercial and Industrial Designers 9.78% $36,910 1,010
45 Clergy 16.47% $28,210 59,770
46 Recreation Workers 22.78% $16,560 22,420
47 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 15.75% $29,570 12,640
48 Coaches and Scouts 18.42% $17,610 16,200
49 Advertising Sales Agents 7.77% $19,250 9,430

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