Popular Professions Among Graduates in 2014
According to the Popular Professions Among Grades in 2014 Infographic, in the lingering aftermath of the Great Recession, recent college graduates are having a tough time of it. As state aid for education has fallen, student loans have risen, leading to crippling levels of debt — the average in recent years has been about $23,300 though that figure may have climbed to more than $29,000. Although the unemployment rate for those with a bachelor's degree or higher declined in 2013, many recent college graduates are still struggling to find their desired jobs.
US Top 5 Most Popular Careers for 2014
- Network Systems Analysts
They solve problems related to networked computer technology.
- Physician's Assistant
They are trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative healthcare services.
- Software Engineers
The engineer analyses users' needs and designs software or programs to meet these needs.
- Fitness Trainers
They lead groups and individuals in a range of exercise activities.
- Database Administrators
They work with the relevant software to retrieve and present data.
Top 5 Occupations with the Most Job Openings (Graduate Degree)
- Postsecondary Teachers
College and university professors, career and technical education instructors, and graduate teaching assistants.
- General Practitioners
They perform yearly checkups, treat a variety of conditions, and refer patients to specialists.
Private-practice lawyers work in law firms or are self-employed.
They prepare and distribute medications prescribed by doctor and other health practitioners.
- Physical Therapists
They prevent and treat conditions that limit a person's ability to move and function
Top 5 Occupations with the Most Job Openings (Bachelor's Degree)
- Computer Systems Analysts
They create new computer systems and improve existing technology and business processes.
- Software Developers
They combine their expertise in computer science, engineering, and math to design, develop, and test software for home, school, and business use.
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
They plan, design, build, maintain, and test networks and other data communications systems.
- Construction Managers
They plan and coordinate construction projects, including residential, commercial, and civil (or public works) building.
- Market and Survey Researchers
They collect information about the public.
Top 5 Associate's Degree or Post-secondary Vocational Award
- Registered Nurses
Provide patients with direct care and help doctors.
- Licensed Practical Nurses
Give patients basic bedside care in hospitals, nursing homes. doctors' offices, private homes, and other settings.
- Computer Support Specialists
Provide technical assistance to customers by identifying and solving their hardware and software problems.
- Insurance Sales Agents
Help people and companies choose insurance policies that protect their lives, health, and property.
- Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents
They are paid to sell other people's properties, from farms to condos.