Graduating college is an exciting time in a young adult’s life but it often puts an end to freebies like student discounts and free gym use at the student recreation center. Adjusting from college life to life in the real world doesn’t have to leave you broke if you’re looking in the right places for your first professional job in the right fields that are known to hire entry level graduates with impressive starting salaries.
Software Engineer, $72,000 annually
If you’re computer savvy and have a knack for developing creative software you can find a challenging job with Google, Facebook and others. According to CareerBliss, software engineers with fewer than three years of experience secure an average salary of $72,000, which is 42% higher than the average starting salary of all college grads.
Registered Nurse, $61,000 annually
Students with a BS in nursing can find positions across the country in hospitals and clinics around the country as the healthcare industry is one of the most flexible fields to work in. Nurses are continually in demand and coming in at $61,000 a year annually, students will have no problem paying back their student loans. Other entry level occupations are also among some of the highest paid opportunities. According to Forbes, physical therapists earn an average of $56,000 and report favorable company cultures; occupational therapists are paid $68,500 on average and say they like the people they work with and the work environment
Information Sciences & Systems, $54,038 annually
The information sciences field is great for new grads who want to help design the technology of the future. This area has a variety of jobs and positions using a wide range of skills for jobs including systems analysis and design, business database programming, systems analyst, interface specialists, and more. Recent grads with certifications and/or experience in computer programming, networking, or database design will easily find positions to suit their skills.
Junior Tax Accountant, $53,000 annually
A new grad with a business degree in accounting can find positions readily available with a decent starting salary with an average of $53,000 a year. As a junior tax associate, you’ll help senior tax associates appraise companies’ fiscal reporting systems and guarantee that they follow all Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, as well as state and local directives.
Sales Representatives, $48,500 annually
Liberal arts majors need not worry. There are many sales representatives’ positions available at a wide range of companies including Groupon, Verizon, Yelp and others. This field has the best opportunity for career advancement and is often one of the most flexible jobs to have as sales representatives have the ability to create their own schedule.