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20 Most Popular Jobs for College Graduates

Posted by Emily Moore

Last Updated October 4, 2021
|3 min read

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.

  • Top Majors: Business, English, Political Science
  • Median Base Pay: $38,000
  • Top Majors: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Median Base Pay: $28,855
  • Top Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Median Base Pay: $20,000
4. Intern
  • Top Majors: Psychology, Finance, Economics
  • Median Base Pay: $30,000
  • Top Majors: Business, Psychology, Communications
  • Median Base Pay: $40,000
  • Top Majors: Business, Marketing, Communications
  • Median Base Pay: $50,000
  • Top Majors: Communications, English, Public Relations
  • Median Base Pay: $44,000
  • Top Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology
  • Median Base Pay: $90,000
  • Top Majors: Psychology, Nursing, Criminal Justice
  • Median Base Pay: $37,000
  • Top Majors: Mathematics, Information Technology, Economics
  • Median Base Pay: $60,000
11. Engineer
  • Top Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering
  • Median Base Pay: $70,500
  • Top Majors: Marketing, Communications, Public Relations
  • Median Base Pay: $43,000
  • Top Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Philosophy
  • Median Base Pay: $60,960
  • Top Majors: Finance, Economics, Accounting
  • Median Base Pay: $64,453
  • Top Majors: Business, Sports Management, Hospitality Management
  • Median Base Pay: $59,000
  • Top Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry
  • Median Base Pay: $39,000
  • Top Majors: Biology, Anthropology, Health Sciences
  • Median Base Pay: $32,000
  • Top Majors: Education, Liberal Arts, Music
  • Median Base Pay: $25,000
  • Top Majors: Criminal Justice, Sociology, History
  • Median Base Pay: $35,000

20. Tutor

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

*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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