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20 Most Popular Jobs for College Graduates

Posted by Emily Moore

May 18, 2017

After four years of intense studying, group projects, research papers, and the occasional all-nighter, college students’ hard work is finally rewarded with a degree. But rather than being able to sit back and relax, many grads are faced with a new problem to tackle: Where do they go from here?

If you’re struggling to figure out your post-college career path, you don’t have to go it alone. In fact, the 1.8 million students expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree this year are in the same boat!

We’ve analyzed tens of thousands of resumes to identify the most common jobs college students hold after graduating, as well as which majors are most associated with them. This list can help inform what your next big step after college should be, and what types of positions you should apply for. Who knows? You may just find the job that fits your life perfectly.

1. Sales Associate
  • Top Majors: Business, English, Political Science
  • Median Base Pay: $38,000

Available Sales Associate Jobs

Retail Store Sales Associate
PPG Industries
Latham, NY
24 hours ago 24h
Sales Associate
Axium Inspections
Denver, CO
5 days ago 5d
Sales Associate
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Ship Bottom, NJ
5 days ago 5d
2. Research Assistant
  • Top Majors: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Median Base Pay: $28,855

Available Research Assistant Jobs

Assistant City Planner 071221
City of Sunrise
Sunrise, FL
24 hours ago 24h
Lab Technician
Pain Management of Oklahoma
Grove, OK
24 hours ago 24h
Title Assistant
First American Title Company
Shelby, MT
3 days ago 3d
3. Teaching Assistant
  • Top Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Median Base Pay: $20,000

Available Teaching Assistant Jobs

Teaching Assistant
Creche Day School
Manhattan, KS
4 days ago 4d
Teaching Assistant
Children of Tomorrow
Carver, MN
5 days ago 5d
Childcare Teaching Assistant
St. Paul Early Childhood Center
Ann Arbor, MI
4 days ago 4d
4. Intern
  • Top Majors: Psychology, Finance, Economics
  • Median Base Pay: $30,000

Available Intern Jobs

Enriched Schools
New Orleans, LA
2 day ago 2d
Student Intern
Ada, OK
2 day ago 2d
Teacher Intern
Phalen Leadership Academies
Merrillville, IN
2 day ago 2d
5. Administrative Assistant
  • Top Majors: Business, Psychology, Communications
  • Median Base Pay: $40,000

Available Administrative Assistant Jobs

CharterCARE Health Partners
Providence, RI
5 days ago 5d
Administrative Assistant
Taher, Inc.
Plymouth, MN
2 day ago 2d
Human Resources Administrative Assistant
Central Minnesota Mental Health Center
Saint Cloud, MN
5 days ago 5d
6. Account Manager
  • Top Majors: Business, Marketing, Communications
  • Median Base Pay: $50,000

Available Account Manager Jobs

Account Manager
Powerplay Retail
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, MN
4 days ago 4d
Account Manager
Micross Components
Manchester, NH
24 hours ago 24h
SaaS Account Manager
Holmdel, NJ
24 hours ago 24h
7. Social Media Manager
  • Top Majors: Communications, English, Public Relations
  • Median Base Pay: $44,000

Available Social Media Manager Jobs

Community Relations Manager
Liberal, KS
4 days ago 4d
Growth Manager
Columbus, OH
24 hours ago 24h
Communications Manager
Pacific School of Religion
Berkeley, CA
5 days ago 5d
8. Software Engineer
  • Top Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology
  • Median Base Pay: $90,000

Available Software Engineer Jobs

Embedded Software Engineer
CH Biomedical (USA) Inc.
Torrance, CA
24 hours ago 24h
Software Engineer - UX/HMI Team
Arriver USA
Novi, MI
24 hours ago 24h
CONTRACT - Software Engineer (NTD)
Nintendo of America Inc.
Redmond, WA
24 hours ago 24h
9. Case Manager
  • Top Majors: Psychology, Nursing, Criminal Justice
  • Median Base Pay: $37,000

Available Case Manager Jobs

Case Manager
Steele Memorial Medical Center
Salmon, ID
5 days ago 5d
Case Manager
Lebanon, NH
5 days ago 5d
Remote Mental Health Counselor
Omaha, NE
5 days ago 5d
10. Data Analyst
  • Top Majors: Mathematics, Information Technology, Economics
  • Median Base Pay: $60,000

Available Data Analyst Jobs

Premier Health
Dayton, OH
5 days ago 5d
Data Analyst - Medical Education
American University of the Caribbean (AUC)
Miramar, FL
24 hours ago 24h
Data Analyst
North Alabama Medical Center
Florence, AL
4 days ago 4d
11. Engineer
  • Top Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering
  • Median Base Pay: $70,500

Available Engineer Jobs

R&D Engineer
Ensight Solutions, LLC
Kansas City, MO
3 days ago 3d
Mechanical Engineer
Stanley Black & Decker
Towson, MD
3 days ago 3d
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Mount Laurel, NJ
4 days ago 4d
12. Marketing Coordinator
  • Top Majors: Marketing, Communications, Public Relations
  • Median Base Pay: $43,000

Available Marketing Coordinator Jobs

Electronic / Social Media Marketing Specialist
Suncor Stainless/Atlantis Rail
Plymouth, MA
24 hours ago 24h
Marketing Coordinator
Wilson City
Wilson, AR
4 days ago 4d
Marketing Associate
Traditions of America
Berwyn, PA
5 days ago 5d
13. Web Developer
  • Top Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Philosophy
  • Median Base Pay: $60,960

Available Web Developer Jobs

Web Developer (React)
Rotary International
Evanston, IL
24 hours ago 24h
Software Developer - Web
Pleasant Prairie, WI
2 day ago 2d
Senior Web Developer
Arrowhead Promotion and Fulfillment Co.
Grand Rapids, MN
4 days ago 4d
14. Financial Analyst
  • Top Majors: Finance, Economics, Accounting
  • Median Base Pay: $64,453

Available Financial Analyst Jobs

Financial Analyst
Pella Regional Health Center
Pella, IA
4 days ago 4d
Financial Systems Analyst
Easton, PA
4 days ago 4d
Financial and Business Analyst
Elkhart, IN
5 days ago 5d
15. Operations Manager
  • Top Majors: Business, Sports Management, Hospitality Management
  • Median Base Pay: $59,000

Available Operations Manager Jobs

Operations Manager
Fort Dearborn Company
Niles, IL
5 days ago 5d
Operations Manager
West 10th Dental Group
Indianapolis, IN
2 day ago 2d
Operations Manager - Manufacturing
Fort Dearborn Company
Tyrone, PA
2 day ago 2d
16. Lab Technician
  • Top Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry
  • Median Base Pay: $39,000

Available Lab Technician Jobs

Lab Technician
Pain Management of Oklahoma
Grove, OK
24 hours ago 24h
Engineering Lab Technician / Sr. Lab Technician
Ada County Highway District
Garden City, ID
2 day ago 2d
4 days ago 4d
17. Pharmacy Technician
  • Top Majors: Biology, Anthropology, Health Sciences
  • Median Base Pay: $32,000

Available Pharmacy Technician Jobs

Certified Pharmacy Technician (Rotating Shift)
Mount Carmel Health System
Grove City, OH
24 hours ago 24h
Pharmacy Technician
CVS Health
Brownsburg, IN
4 days ago 4d
Pharmacy Technician
Sterling Pharmacy
Le Sueur, MN
24 hours ago 24h
18. Substitute Teacher
  • Top Majors: Education, Liberal Arts, Music
  • Median Base Pay: $25,000

Available Substitute Teacher Jobs

Substitute Teacher
Midwest Substitute Staffing
5 days ago 5d
Substitute Teacher
Philadelphia, PA
5 days ago 5d
Long Term Substitute Teacher - Greek Language (Bilingual)
Odyssey Charter School
Wilmington, DE
3 days ago 3d
19. Customer Service Representative
  • Top Majors: Criminal Justice, Sociology, History
  • Median Base Pay: $35,000

Available Customer Service Representative Jobs

Customer Service Representative
North Liberty, IA
24 hours ago 24h
Customer Service Representative
Marco’s Pizza
Dublin, OH
5 days ago 5d
Customer Service Representative
Solatube International
Santa Ana, CA
2 day ago 2d

20. Tutor

  • Top Majors: English, Spanish, Physics
  • Median Base Pay: $36,000

Available Tutor Jobs

Academic Tutor
Tanba Learning Center
Reno, NV
5 days ago 5d
Physics Tutor
Tampa, FL
2 day ago 2d
Huntington Learning Center
Harrisburg, PA
24 hours ago 24h


*Methodology: Glassdoor’s 20 Most Popular Jobs For College Graduates identifies the most common job titles that college graduates held in the first five years of their careers. Based on the 50 most common college majors, job titles are determined by those held with the highest frequency according to a recent study by Glassdoor Economic Research, The Pipeline Problem: How College Majors Contribute to the Gender Pay Gap, which published in April 2017. Median base pay is determined by salary reports shared anonymously on Glassdoor over the past two years (5/1/15 - 5/1/17), by full-time U.S.-based employees with five or fewer years of experience.

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