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15 best paid jobs for recent graduates (15 items)

Bethan Owen

July 15, 2014

With their forces combined, Business Insider and PayScale have made a list of the 15 highest paying jobs available for new graduates.

These careers were chosen based on high median pay (base annual salary including bonuses, commissions, etc.) as well as the required bachelor's degree and low (about two years) experience requirement.

The remaining information, including total numbers of jobs and predicted job growth comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website. For reference, the BLS site states that the average growth rate of a given career is 11 percent.

1 of 15. Technical Writer

Median pay: $43,500

Total number of jobs as of 2012: 49,500

Change in available employment as of 2012: 15 percent growth (Faster than average)

2 of 15. Buyer

Median pay: $43,800

Total number of jobs as of 2012: 504,600

Change in available employment as of 2012: 4 percent growth (Slower than average)

3 of 15. Insurance Underwriter

Median pay: $44,600

Total number of jobs as of 2012: 106,300

Change in available employment as of 2012: 6 percent decline

4 of 15. Assistant Project Manager, Construction

Median pay: $45,300

Total number of jobs as of 2012: 485,000

Change in available employment as of 2012: 16 percent growth (Faster than average)

5 of 15. Web Developer

Median pay: $45,900

Total number of jobs as of 2012: 141,400

Change in available employment as of 2012: 20 percent growth (Faster than average)
1. RBB
Sandy, UT,
July 16, 2014

The list left out chemical/petroleum engineers who would certainly be in the top 2 or 3, if not no. 1. It just goes to show that math and science are key subjects. Engineers tend to give up a lot of social life during college, but are laughing their way to the bank thereafter.

2. AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO,
July 16, 2014

Suprised not to see nursing on here. Utah pays nurses poorly compared to the rest of the nation but they still start at about $22/hr. That is in the $45K range and that is with an associates degree! With a BSN and a few years expierence they can make $60k and up.

3. Z
South Jordan, UT,
July 16, 2014

The number of available jobs for software developers continues to grow at a rate faster than the number of trained developers. Expect to see salaries continue to rise in this field.

4. TOO
Sanpete, UT,
July 16, 2014

AFCoug

Sadly, a BSN degree does nothing for wages. Nobody (at least in Northern Utah) pays more for a higher degree for a regular floor nurse.

5. Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA,
July 18, 2014

Didn't see any military jobs listed. Hmmm