Five of the Top Post-Graduate Jobs to Pursue
Each year, a collection of media sources including US News, CareerCast, CNBC, Business Insider, and Forbes posit what they believe the best jobs of the time are. Although their findings shift from year to year, jobs in health care and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have consistently achieved high marks in the past few years. Jobs in finance and consulting or the option of pursuing a graduate degree will likely remain attractive choices among recent college graduates. Here, however, I will outline five of the best post-graduate jobs, some of which are atypical, that are high paying and well respected even at the entry level. As rising numbers of undergraduates are beginning to discover, there are various niches within each job sector that can cater to their unique skills and interests. 1. Actuary As CareerCast reports, being an actuary is the best job of 2015. Not only is job satisfaction among actuaries ranked the highest, but Forbes also reports a high mean pay, healthy growth, and controllable stress levels. In addition, the Affordable Care Act is predicted to increase demand for actuaries who can use their skills in mathematics and the assessment of financial risks to conclude whether Obamacare will raise or diminish health care costs. 2. Training Specialist According to CNBC, a training specialist—“part guru, part inspirational speaker and part human resource officer”—is the top entry-level job of 2015. Training specialists take on a role that encompasses a wide variety of applicable skills, such as public speaking, teaching, and organization. In short, training specialists help train a company or firm’s employees to succeed at their jobs. Thus, training specialists are allowed a significant level of responsibility and creative freedom at the entry-level. 3. Mathematician Ranked first by CareerCast in 2014 and third in 2015, mathematicians can find rewarding jobs in a variety of sectors. Whether mathematicians decide to pursue an occupation in academia, technology, or finance, the flexible applicability of their skills lends itself to well-paid careers in the niche of their choice. 4. Engineer It is no secret that engineers are valued throughout the workplace for their strong quantitative skills and advanced academic experience. Whether a network, environmental, software, industrial, or biomedical engineer, all were found in one or more of the top 10 best jobs lists by CareerCast, CNBC, or Business Insider. For instance, biomedical engineers snagged CareerCast's number five spot with an average income of $89,165 and a growth, or hiring, outlook of 26.65 points. 5. Web Designer or Developer Starting salaries for web designers and developers can vary significantly based on what type of web designer an individual wants to become as well as their prior academic achievements and internship experiences. According to Business Insider, the median annual income of web developers was around $58,221 in 2015. For people who are innovative and pay attention to detail, there are numerous draws offered by this job, including the possibility of self-employment.

  • Richard

    I agree. A wise businessman in the Caribbean named Sir Kyffin Simpson always said that the key to success is progression and humility, and clearly he’s done very well for himself as a self made man!

  • John Andrews

    The Airgain IPO launches this week, and they’re a one-brand company.

    Some investors don’t think it’s a good stock though:

  • Cincinnati World Cinema

    Well said, Joe, and worth rereading on a regular basis! Another advantage of small-to-midsize city living is pace and competition. Living in NYC, LA and SF entailed a hectic pace, hallmarked by capital S striving, as one realized there were a ton of others doing what I do. Spending so much time in one’s car in SoCal meant much less time for quality pursuits and pleasures. A smaller pond with relaxed pace allows one to savor life and special moments.

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