Get Hired: Top Jobs For Recent Graduates
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

You’ve finally made it across the stage, but now what? Well, it’s time to explore your options, and they are a-plenty. True, job prospects and stats can be a bit gloomy when it comes to recent grads but here’s a look at the brighter side of things, with 10 top careers for recent graduates:

1. Registered Nurse

If you want a healthcare career, you’re in luck. Registered nurse may grow the most of all careers by 2020.

Why all the hype? As baby boomers age, they need more healthcare. Plus, people are becoming more interested in preventative medicine–often the domain of RNs.

Job Openings (total between 2010-2020): 711,900

Education Needed: Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree

Average Salary: $65,000

2. Kindergarten, Elementary School or Middle School Teacher

Shaping young minds is a rewarding business. While teaching positions are opening up nationwide, landing a job in this competitive field depends on context. Job prospects should be best in rural or inner-city schools and in areas with growing populations, such as the south. Specializing in certain subjects–including math, chemistry and languages–can also give you an edge.

Job Openings: 281,500 (Kindergarten/Elementary), 108,300 (Middle School)

Education Needed: Bachelor’s Degree

Average Salary: $52,000

3. Accountant

The recent rocky financial times (not to mention corporate scandals) have increased the demand for accounting ninjas. In this field, work experience is key–most states require on-the-job time before an accountant can even apply to become a Certified Public Accountant. So an internship or entry-level job can be a smart move.

Job Openings: 190,700

Education Needed: Bachelor’s Degree

Average Salary: $62,000

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.