These Are The 10 Best Jobs In Virginia For Recent College Grads

We used the latest job data to find the best jobs in VA for recent college graduates.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarCollege Grad Jobs, Rankings - 1 year 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 Virginia. Here they are:

  1. Computer Systems Analysts
  2. Management Analysts
  3. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  4. Database Administrators
  5. Technical Writers
  6. Web Developers
  7. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  8. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  9. Computer Network Support Specialists
  10. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

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 epic consultant.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Virginia

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 Virginia 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 34 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 34 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 34 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 Old Dominion.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Computer Systems Analysts 25.24% $52,170 35,180
2 Management Analysts 15.72% $55,110 65,590
3 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 13.99% $55,430 22,570
4 Database Administrators 15.06% $43,340 6,340
5 Technical Writers 14.88% $48,610 3,320
6 Web Developers 28.43% $38,860 6,640
7 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 22.62% $40,800 5,150
8 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 15.01% $32,920 4,750
9 Computer Network Support Specialists 10.41% $40,410 7,740
10 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 2.85% $66,400 4,690
11 Cost Estimators 9.98% $37,250 9,370
12 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 11.51% $38,940 4,940
13 Sales Engineers 8.48% $69,930 1,790
14 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 23.96% $25,330 4,760
15 Human Resources Specialists 5.53% $37,400 18,900
16 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 7.99% $50,590 9,460
17 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 12.26% $29,890 9,800
18 Credit Analysts 6.5% $41,670 2,130
19 Rehabilitation Counselors 16.8% $24,150 4,240
20 Recreation Workers 16.65% $16,640 12,610
21 Residential Advisors 21.7% $20,320 2,860
22 Psychiatric Technicians 4.28% $20,740 4,870
23 Computer Programmers -12.37% $48,210 8,150
24 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 15.63% $28,910 2,590
25 Coaches and Scouts 11.88% $16,870 9,420
26 Surveyors -1.4% $30,650 1,410
27 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 21.86% $17,740 6,690
28 Insurance Sales Agents 9.35% $26,660 12,280
29 Industrial Engineers 2.72% $54,200 4,160
30 Social and Human Service Assistants 16.37% $19,700 7,110
31 Clergy 14.44% $25,030 1,030
32 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents 4.43% $30,490 1,650
33 Interior Designers 3.97% $25,940 1,310
34 Advertising Sales Agents 4.18% $24,820 2,740

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