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18 hottest careers for college grads

Bridging from college to career is not always easy, and this is especially true for recent college graduates. In an effort to provide guidance and information to assist with important decisions about career choices, University of California San Diego Extension has assembled the fifth annual edition of "Hot Careers for College Graduates."

According to the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary of April 2013, within the past year jobs categorized under "professional and business services" have grown the most, averaging an increase of nearly 49,000 jobs per month. This is reflected in the hot careers list by such jobs as computer systems analysts and software applications developers moving to the top of the charts.

The factors that have most affected job demand and employment trends in the past five years have been the economic recession that began in 2008, a global expansion in access to and use of the Internet, and the beginning of a retirement wave by the baby boom generation. These changes have influenced the types of jobs that are available, as well as the skills needed.

Overall, the study indicated an increasing national demand for college graduates with skills in computer sciences and analysis or problem solving. Here are the top 18 jobs:

• Software developers: applications

• Software developers: systems software

• Market research analysts

• Accountants and auditors

• Network and computer systems admin

• Elementary school teachers

• Computer systems analysts

• Management analysts

• Public relations specialists

• Insurance sales agents

• Financial analysts

• Computer programmers

• Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific

• Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

• Paralegals and legal assistants

• Middle school teachers

• Training and development specialists

• Human resources specialists

You can download a complete copy of the "Hot Careers for College Graduates" report at

18 hottest careers for college grads 10/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:54am]
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