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You worked hard enough to get that degree and now they just expect you to go find a job all by yourself? What kind of game is that? Why can’t they just give you a job that suits your degree and personality?
Luckily for you, this site exists and we do all the work for you. A recent study entitled “Hot Careers For College Graduates” (great name, guys) from the University of California-San Diego lists, as advertised, the 10 hottest career paths for the newest crop of postgrads.
10. Insurance Sales Agent
Mean Annual Salary: $63,400
What makes this career unique is that it does not require a bachelor’s degree at the entry-level. Only one third of insurance agents in the United States claim to have a bachelor’s degree. The study also concluded that the demand for insurance agents will only grow as life expectancy grows around the world. Insurance agent may not be the most glamorous of professions, but these folks are hauling in the dough. Maybe those recruiters promising six figure salaries within 18 months aren’t full of shit?
9. Public Relations Specialist
Mean Annual Salary: $61,980
PR specialists represent the smallest percentage of people currently employed in the US, but the industry demand for PR people is projected to grow by 23% in the next seven years. Why become a real doctor when you can just become a spin doctor? BOOM. Words.
8. Management Analyst
Mean Annual Salary: $88,070
“Management Analyst” really just sounds like a fancy term for “The Bobs.” Over half a million people are currently employed as management analysts and are stacking paper from the growing demand for corporate consultants. Since the recession in 2008, companies have been utilizing management specialists instead of bringing them on full-time. The field is expected to grow by 22% in the next decade.
7. Computer Systems Analyst
Mean Annual Salary: $83,800
Computers are the future. We’re living in the future. Be a nerd. Get money.
6. Elementary School Teacher
Mean Annual Salary: $48,800
Teachers never get enough credit. They also don’t get enough money. If I had my way, teachers would make more money than doctors and lawyers. But the reason elementary school teachers are in such high demand is that the gigantic percentage of aging Baby Boomers that became teachers are expected to retire in the next decade, opening up a massive need for teachers, nationwide.
5. Network/Computer Systems Administrator
Mean Annual Salary: $76,320
Again, computer nerds are taking over the world. As the world becomes more reliant on technology, the demand for computer specialists skyrockets.
Mean Annual Salary: $71,040
The average (AVERAGE) salary for accountants increased by $10,000 a year in the last three years alone. I’m just picturing my accountant friends going buckwild at the strip club after reading that figure. 1.12 million people are employed as accountants in the US and that number is expected to increase significantly in the next 10 years. People pay a lot of money to see their money taken care of.
3. Market Research Analyst/Marketing Specialist
Mean Annual Salary: $67,380
Since the dawn of time, people have wanted to know who wants to buy their shit. The need for market analysts is expected to explode in the next decade, with a projected growth rate of 41%. Hot.
2. Software Developers – Applications
Mean Annual Salary: $87,790
Living in the digital age, everything is automated. Everything. Think about which part of your life is not on a screen. Then think about how much money it costs to program something like that. Then think about why you chose to major in English Lit instead of Computer Science.
1. Software Developers – Systems Software
Mean Annual Salary: $102,550
This is the only career on the list with a six-figure mean annual salary. The growth rate for systems developers is four percent higher than it is for applications developers and is significantly bigger on the systems side of software development.
If all else fails, there’s always money in the banana stand.