These Are The 10 Best Jobs in California 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 california. Here they are:

  1. Sales Engineer
  2. Business Analyst
  3. Epic Consultant
  4. Imagery Analyst
  5. Web Developer
  6. Technician Writer
  7. Manager
  8. Animator
  9. Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist
  10. Mediator

We know what you’re thinking–sales 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 sales engineer.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in California

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 California 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 51 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 51 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 51 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 Golden State.

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

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Sales Engineer 20.16% $63,370 15,500
2 Business Analyst 23.45% $51,440 146,900
3 Epic Consultant 35.36% $57,180 102,200
4 Imagery Analyst 44.44% $43,750 2,600
5 Web Developer 48.35% $37,060 35,900
6 Technician Writer 22.37% $50,620 9,300
7 Manager 32.0% $24,740 9,900
8 Animator 15.14% $42,270 25,100
9 Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist 5.99% $70,500 33,600
10 Mediator 16.67% $42,930 1,400
11 Systems Administrator 20.65% $50,860 52,000
12 Finance Aid Advisor 23.26% $33,870 5,300
13 Database Administrator 23.97% $49,950 15,000
14 Video Editor 13.92% $33,040 18,000
15 Estimator 23.83% $34,850 31,700
16 Flight Technician 9.52% $48,670 2,300
17 Sales Representative 14.71% $40,810 53,800
18 Pilot 19.44% $64,440 8,600
19 Network Technician 19.8% $43,800 23,600
20 Field Technician 25.0% $26,670 5,500
21 Cytotechnologist 19.44% $52,640 12,900
22 Engineering Technician 20.0% $36,100 2,400
23 Audio Visual Specialist 10.0% $32,130 2,200
24 Laboratory Technician 23.3% $29,040 21,700
25 Programmer 2.27% $46,510 40,600
26 Process Engineer 10.12% $62,960 27,200
27 Buyer 16.67% $30,420 2,100
28 Case Manager 19.7% $22,110 56,500
29 Instructor 26.63% $20,520 44,700
30 Coach 16.97% $20,380 38,600
31 Recruiter 14.15% $39,050 62,100
32 Event Coordinator 16.94% $28,170 14,500
33 Kindergarten Teacher 9.73% $40,140 20,300
34 Designer 5.66% $39,360 5,600
35 Tax Examiner 0.0% $36,650 8,500
36 Credit Analyst 13.51% $41,700 8,400
37 Mental Health Technician 1.22% $35,560 8,300
38 Crew Member 10.0% $18,870 3,300
39 Community Health Worker 18.33% $25,420 7,100
40 Camp Counselor 12.43% $19,290 57,000
41 Surveyor 2.33% $52,480 4,400
42 Safety Technician 18.18% $32,320 1,300
43 Interior Designer 4.65% $31,810 9,000
44 Account Executive 9.55% $28,350 21,800
45 Director 5.68% $19,730 9,300
46 Legal Assistant 13.22% $31,770 33,400
47 Job Coach 16.28% $20,160 15,000
48 Counselor 18.09% $23,700 11,100
49 Insurance Agent 12.32% $27,970 45,600
50 Resident Advisor 15.52% $19,990 6,700
51 Pastor 6.4% $22,170 13,300