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

  1. Web Developers
  2. Multimedia Artists and Animators
  3. Computer Systems Analysts
  4. Computer Programmers
  5. Management Analysts
  6. Technical Writers
  7. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  8. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  9. Database Administrators
  10. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

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 Washington

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 Washington 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 37 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 37 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 37 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 Evergreen State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Web Developers 51.62% $45,000 8,430
2 Multimedia Artists and Animators 32.7% $42,040 4,180
3 Computer Systems Analysts 30.03% $58,810 24,290
4 Computer Programmers 21.53% $67,180 20,600
5 Management Analysts 27.28% $53,380 29,110
6 Technical Writers 27.05% $50,870 1,550
7 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 24.84% $53,570 9,950
8 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 22.32% $41,980 2,740
9 Database Administrators 25.98% $52,620 3,200
10 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 10.81% $57,190 1,230
11 Sales Engineers 24.37% $59,620 1,480
12 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 34.48% $28,000 1,170
13 Human Resources Specialists 21.95% $38,960 17,720
14 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.97% $25,220 4,390
15 Industrial Engineers 1.89% $65,770 8,070
16 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 20.4% $49,460 4,190
17 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 9.94% $71,110 3,980
18 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 18.61% $37,140 5,800
19 Computer Network Support Specialists 21.9% $45,540 4,230
20 Cost Estimators 16.48% $41,810 7,140
21 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 20.02% $24,650 14,690
22 Interior Designers 17.17% $32,420 2,730
23 Rehabilitation Counselors 9.27% $25,590 6,720
24 Coaches and Scouts 14.95% $21,480 15,220
25 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 21.38% $30,460 3,690
26 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 23.81% $32,680 5,720
27 Forest and Conservation Workers 5.51% $19,600 1,340
28 Social and Human Service Assistants 16.62% $21,500 11,930
29 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents 0.0% $42,010 1,170
30 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 8.39% $36,630 6,460
31 Clergy 12.94% $38,200 4,800
32 Advertising Sales Agents 17.92% $23,370 3,290
33 Community Health Workers 17.89% $24,640 1,120
34 Insurance Sales Agents 4.68% $26,420 12,090
35 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 12.5% $28,570 2,520
36 Recreation Workers 13.86% $20,390 7,720
37 Residential Advisors 16.19% $21,160 1,220