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The Most Popular Careers For Graduating College Students

Let your graduation caps soar high as your dreams!  Now that school has almost come to an end, many college graduates are preparing to look for a job.

May is the peak hiring month and continues throughout the summer. The most popular careers for graduating students for 2019 are under these two industries: healthcare and technology. 

For those graduates who are not aligned in these industries, do not be disheartened by your major. This does not dictate your career trajectory; there are a lot of job opportunities in front of you. There are roles that are not under these two industries that are also on the rise which we will list as well.

Let’s start with the healthcare industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the employment growth to 0.7 percent, or increase by 11.5 million over 2016-2026. The healthcare industry and its related occupations will contribute 18 percent, or about 2.4 million new jobs on this projected employment growth (2016-2026).

The demands of healthcare services are due to the increase in the growing rates of chronic conditions, aging baby-boom population, and longer life expectancies.

Below is a list of some of the fastest growing occupations under the healthcare industry.

Physician Assistants

LEVEL OF EDUCATION: Master’s degree | 2018 MEDIAN PAY: $108,610

Also known as PAs, are licensed medical providers to diagnose disease and treat illness, and prescribe patients with medications. They can treat patients with significant autonomy because of their advanced education in general medicine. They practice medicine by collaborating with licensed physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers in hospitals, physician offices, and clinics.  

Dentists

LEVEL OF EDUCATION: Doctoral or professional degree | 2018 MEDIAN PAY: $156,240

Dentists are doctors who are experts in oral health. They diagnose and treat patients’ problems that are related to parts of the mouth such as teeth, gums, and perform surgery on teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity. They also give instruction and advice on oral health care.

Orthotists and Prosthetists

LEVEL OF EDUCATION:  Master’s degree | 2018 MEDIAN PAY:  $69,120

Orthotists and prosthetists treat, assess, prescribe, design, fit, provide therapy, monitor, and educate patients who need supportive devices such as braces, artificial hands, arms, feet, and legs, and other medical and surgical devices.

Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

LEVEL OF EDUCATION:  Master’s degree | 2018 MEDIAN PAY:  $113,930

These are also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Nurse Anesthetists provide anesthesia related care before, during, and after a patient’s procedure and provide pain management as well. Nurse Midwives provide care for women and newborns. These include handling the patients during labor and delivery, parental care, gynecological assessment, and family planning services.  Nurse Practitioners provide holistic approach to patient care by assessing the patient’s needs, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory test results, diagnosing disease and illness, and prescribe medication.

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As for the technology industry, the most popular job roles for fresh graduates are: 

Software Developer

LEVEL OF EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree | 2018 MEDIAN PAY: $105,590 per year

Due to the increasing demand of computer software, software developers are needed by companies that deal with computer system design, manufacturing, or software publishers. The projected employment growth is 24 percent, faster than all the average occupation from 2016-2026.

Software Engineer

LEVEL OF EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree | 2018 MEDIAN PAY: $83,000 per year

According to the 2019 data collected by LinkedIn, Software Engineer is the No. 1 role that fresh graduates desired for the second year in a row. It is popular not only because of the growing demands for Software Engineers, but also because the average salary for an entry-level role is $83,000.

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There are thousands of job openings not only for the healthcare and technology industries. Listed below are some of the popular jobs and entry-level salaries for new graduates:

  • Salesperson: 7K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S. | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $31,100
  • Teacher: 8K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $40,000
  • Accountant: 2K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S. | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $48,000
  • Project Manager: 22K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S. | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $57,500
  • Administrative Assistant: 17K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S. | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $35,400
  • Account Executive: 10K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S. | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $55,000
  • Financial Analyst: 4K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S. | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $59,300
  • Account Manager: 8K+ open entry-level roles in the U.S. | Average total salary for entry-level roles: $52,900

In finding a job, you should ask yourself what you love and enjoy doing the most. Then do some research of available jobs for that particular interest and take some time to think on the positions you have gathered carefully. The most important thing is that you choose a career that will make you happy. Do more of what makes you happy and the rest will follow.

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About The Author

Esther B.

Esther B.

Esther is a writer whose work focuses on career and personal development. She has also been YourTango’s Expert Partner where she wrote articles mostly for women to encourage them to have a meaningful life and healthier relationships. Her articles were constantly in YourTango’s weekly top ten for highest number of page views and her works have been featured in MSN and POPSUGAR. She also has almost 8 years of experience working for top publishing companies (Wiley and Cengage Learning) helping authors publish their books and research papers. When she is not on the computer, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen busy looking for snacks to eat.