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The 20 Happiest Jobs for New Grads

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CareerBliss ranks this year's happiest jobs for college graduates. / Credit: College Graduates image via Shutterstock

Current grads looking for work that will leave them smiling most days should find a tech-related job, new research finds.

Jobs in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) continue to set the pace for happiness, especially those in software development, according to a new study from CareerBliss, an online career community.

To help new grads determine which jobs are giving young professionals the most career-related happiness, CareerBliss analyzed more than 25,000 independent company reviews. Topping this year's rankings of the Happiest Jobs for the Class of 2014 are java developers, which are programmers who use a specific language associated with client-server Web applications.

Following java developers on the rankings are embedded software engineers, who help program the embedded software in the electronics and other devices, and .NET developers, a programming language specific to Microsoft.

As a whole, jobs in the technology sector dominated the rankings.

"Technology is constantly morphing, leaving a great deal of opportunities for new and rising talent," said  Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss co-founder.

CareerBliss evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including the person one works for, the people one works with, the support and rewards one receives, the growth opportunities available to a person, the company culture and the way one works and handles daily tasks.

This year's 20 happiest jobs for new college grads are:

  1. Java developer
  2. Embedded software engineer
  3. .NET developer
  4. Medical technologist
  5. QA engineer
  6. Credit analyst
  7. Management consultant
  8. Network engineer
  9. Data analyst
  10. Web developer
  11. Business analyst
  12. Software developer
  13. Process engineer
  14. Manufacturing engineer
  15. Electrical engineer
  16. Systems administrator
  17. Network administrator
  18. Accountant
  19. Recruiter
  20. Financial analyst

The research revealed that the key to many of the happiest jobs for this group reside in such metrics as "work setting, "support you get" and "growth opportunities."

"By providing new graduates with this data at the onset, we are confident they will be able to make the best decisions in carving their career path to happiness," Golledge said.

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.