While some college graduates rue the time and money spent on a degree that they didn't end up using, there's still a lot to be said for pursuing higher education. Statistically, degree holders earn more than non-degree holders, and a bachelor's degree is often a minimum requirement for entry-level jobs in many fields. Based on job trend predictions from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are 10 of the best jobs for college graduates.
Construction projects such as roads, buildings, bridges and water systems require a lot of workers to get the job done. An important component of that work force is civil engineers, who design and supervise these large-scale projects. A master's degree is needed to get promoted to a managerial position, and if you're looking to be self-employed, you'll need a state license. [Learn more about this job]
Product manufacturers, construction project planners and service providers all have costs associated with running their respective businesses. In order to figure out their projected expenses, business owners will often hire cost estimators to determine the time, money, resources and labor required for their operations. This can be a high-pressure, stressful position, but the field has a projected growth rate of 36 percent. [Learn more about this job]
As a financial analyst, you'll assess the performance of stocks, bonds and other investments and provide advice to businesses and individuals looking to invest. A master's degree and certification in this field boosts your chances of getting hired. Most financial analysts for corporate clients work full time in an office, but as a personal financial adviser, you could start a side business and meet with clients during evening and weekend hours. [Learn more about this job]
Forensic science technician
Have you ever watched a television crime drama and been amazed by the use of forensic evidence to solve cases? A forensic science technician is the real-life equivalent of the characters on those shows who test DNA samples and other crime scene evidence to bring perpetrators to justice. While working in a lab may not sound as exciting as chasing down and arresting criminals, forensic technicians play a crucial role in solving crimes. [Learn more about this job]
Human resources specialist
In practically every industry, a human resources specialist is needed to recruit, interview and place workers. HR specialists must understand the needs of individual employers with positions to fill, and typically work for staffing firms. Employee relations, payroll, benefits and training also generally fall under the jurisdiction of human resources departments. [Learn more about this job]
If you're fluent in a second language, you can find work converting written and spoken words from one language to another. Broadening international ties and an increase in the number of non-English speakers in the U.S. makes this a fast-growing field, with a projected growth rate of 42 percent by 2020. Most interpreters work in schools, hospitals, courtrooms and conference centers. Translators are typically self-employed and work on projects for various clients. [Learn more about this job]
Want to help America get healthier? As a nutritionist or dietitian, you advise your clients on what to eat to meet their weight loss or health goal by following a nutritionally sound diet. Individuals in this field usually work in hospitals, schools and nursing homes, or are self-employed. In addition to a degree, most nutritionists participate in supervised training and state licensing programs before beginning their practice. [Learn more about this job]
Public relations specialist
Writing press releases, planning events and fundraising are just a few of the many tasks of a public relations specialist. Clients, who are often high-profile businesses or well-known personalities, count on you to boost their public image while spreading the word about them through various media outlets. Many specialists work at established PR firms, but if you excel at marketing, you can start your own business in this field and cater to smaller businesses. [Learn more about this job]
A strong set of computer programming skills and a bachelor's degree in computer science can land you a job as a software developer. The market for computer software is continually expanding, and tech companies are in need of developers to design their applications and systems. Most software developers work full time for computer systems design firms, software publishers and computer/electronic manufacturers. [Learn more about this job]
Special education teacher
As diagnoses of mental, emotional and physical disabilities in children continue to become more prevalent, the need for educators who can provide for their special needs has also increased. These teachers have to accommodate these students when planning classroom lessons and teaching strategies. Special education instructors are required to have a state-issued certification or license in addition to a bachelor's degree to work in public schools. [Learn more about this job]Credit: Anita Rahman
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