5 of the Fastest Growing Jobs for New College Graduates

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When it comes time to choose a major, expected salary after graduation is often a major consideration – but it shouldn’t be the only one. In addition to finding a career that’s fulfilling, you should also consider the availability of jobs in your field. Lawyers may have a high average salary, but there’s evidence to suggest that there are currently more law graduates than available jobs.

Most of these careers require a bachelor’s degree, and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are projected to see increasing demand through 2020.

1. Biomedical engineers

Job outlook from 2010-2020: 61% increase in demand
2010 median pay: $81,540
Job description: Design solutions to medical problems and improve the quality and effectiveness of health care.

2. Event planners

Job outlook from 2010-2020: 44% increase in demand
2010 median pay: $45,260
Job description: Coordinate every aspect of large-scale professional meetings and events.

3. Translators and interpreters

Job outlook from 2010-2020: 42% increase in demand
2010 median pay: $43,300
Job description: Translate or interpret information or speech between languages.

4. Market research analysts

Job outlook from 2010-2020: 41% increase in demand
2010 median pay: $60,570
Job description: Study market trends and conditions to increase sales of a product or service.

5. Software developers

Job outlook from 2010-2020: 30% increase in demand
2010 median pay: $90,530
Job description: Design, create and test computer programs.

These are just a few jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will see a dramatic increase in demand. What factors do you consider when looking for a career?