Top 10 Jobs for College Grads

They may not be sexy, and they may not sound all that glamorous, but the most important things about jobs for recent college grads is that they're available, they have a future, and most of all, they pay. A recent study shows that specialized health care positions are hot, as are those that involve a left-brain talent for number crunching and data processing.

The University of California San Diego Extension conducted a study based on enrollment figures, national employment statistics and interviews with San Diego business executives, to come up with some of the hottest career plan options for college graduates in this recovering economy. The researchers advise, "Knowing where to look and honing your skills just might be the right strategy for finding the career that is best for you."

Here's the Top 10 list they came up with:

1. Health care case management

Case managers are health care advocates who -- through a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy -- help patients understand their current health status, what they can do about it and why those treatments are important. In this way, case managers guide patients and provide cohesion to other professionals in the health care delivery team. According to a January 2011 survey, the number of case managers working in hospital admissions offices doubled from 2010 to 2011.

2. Financial examination and internal auditing

Financial collapses and scandals in the past few years involving the banking and insurance industries mean more companies are having the books scrutinized. Enter the financial examiners, the forensic accountants of the business world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting 41 percent growth in this field. Aspiring financial examiners and internal auditors can expect continued job growth as a result of changes in financial laws, regulations and requirements. In addition, jobs in this field will become available as financial examiners retire, move into other positions or leave the field completely.

3. Mobile media

Today's 4 billion mobile phone users outnumber both Internet users and landline owners. Cell phones and other mobile devices are now multifunction devices that enable users to surf the Web, listen to music, download podcasts, use maps, access global positioning satellites, shoot and send photos and videos, and send text messages. With the countless new software applications, the number of ways to use smart phones is exploding.

4. Health care information technology

As technology increases, so does the need for health information technicians to use and maintain patient data that is vital for quality health care and to keep all medical records organized and confidential. Technicians are needed for emerging jobs, such as health care integration engineer, health care systems analyst, clinical IT consultant and technology support specialist.

5. Data mining

Looking for a needle in a haystack is a good analogy for data mining jobs. Data mining is the technique of extracting specific types of information or patterns from large databases, such as data warehouses. Advanced statistical methods sift through large volumes of data, providing answers to questions that were once too time-consuming.

6. Geriatric health care

The growing population of seniors continues to have a major impact on careers in health care. As more Baby Boomers move into the older population, so does the demand for certain health care jobs and services, including nursing, personal care and home health care.

7. Occupational health and safety

Many employees are adding safety expertise as a "value added" skill to make them more likely to be hired or retained in a tight job market. Specialists are needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment and threats, changing regulations and increasing public expectations. Employment growth reflects overall business growth and continuing self-enforcement of government and company regulations.

8. Spanish/English translation and interpretation

For those completely bilingual in Spanish and English, these highly marketable language skills open doors to new careers. The key is to gain experience through practical internships in specialized fields such as law, medicine and business.

9. Sustainable business practices and the greening of all jobs

By the mid-21st century, all jobs will be green jobs. Organizations today must address potential regulation changes and look for business growth opportunities in the new era of sustainable environmental economics.

10. Teaching English as a foreign language

Interest in English teaching positions abroad continues to mushroom. College graduates can find teaching jobs abroad, with travel as an added perk.

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March 28 2012 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if none of those sound appealing to you, try these –

August 15 2011 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Lenz

Who makes this crap up? As a magna cum laude graduate majoring in economics and finance I have applied to hundreds of examiner/ auditor positions and never received a single response.

June 20 2011 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Regarding "those that can't" become teachers.
For the most part this is true. Many students start out in one of the sciences or Engineering. These
courses are most difficult . Without prepartion in high school,it is easy to get lost. So the confused student takes several courses in Education and becomes a teacher (this is less true for elementary
teachers). The problem with this is that today many high schools offer advanced material; our teachers do not have sufficient background to teach the material in an efficient way. STudent pay.

May 30 2011 at 3:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Here in Texas, people don't go to college to be an English/Spanish translator...Most of these jobs go to the underpaid...three year old hispanic children.

May 30 2011 at 1:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Spanish translation ... a poor man language.

May 30 2011 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

#9 - by 2050, all jobs will be green jobs


Within a few years, everyone will know what a scam 'climiate change' was

May 29 2011 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To be a cse manager usually requires that you are an RN- it is typically a nursing position. So, major in nursing!

May 29 2011 at 2:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I went to Hong Kong to teach english as a second language. What a great experience. Just as an endnote: I didnt graduate from college. A college degree was required for the company I worked for, but not for the company in HK which was to company that hired me. I went through someone I knew, not submitting a blind resume.

May 29 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

None of this applies to what a lot of kids go to university for. I'm a history major, and I'm going to teach. Teaching is a great job. The pay may not be the best, but teachers educate the future of this country. I'm just curious as to why teachers never end up on a list like this, among other careers not business or health related.

May 29 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to samberlyanne's comment

Well you know the old saying "those who can do and those who cannot teach" Fact or fiction your answer

May 29 2011 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to bonitabud1's comment

The truth is that not everyone can teach. I have seen Ph.D totally useless when it comes to teaching and people with a high school education more capable of teaching than the Ph.Ds.
Those who who not do well in their field sometimes make the worse teachers - they have an axe to grind - usually against the students.

May 29 2011 at 2:32 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down

Someone has to teach those "who can".

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