August is already here, and that means that the lazy, hazy days of summer will soon be behind us. If you’re a recent college graduate or a soon-to-be graduate, it also means it’s time to put that degree to use and land a good job. And here’s the good news: hiring of entry-level employees is up by 8.5 percent this year, according to the CollegeGrad article “Entry-Level Hiring Up 8.5% in 2017.” Some of the top sectors hiring new grads are the technology, healthcare, and business sectors.
With a rising number of companies undergoing digital transformation and moving their operations to the cloud, it’s not surprising that there’s a high demand for entry-level tech professionals such as software and security engineers.
Software engineers create programs and apps to perform and automate tasks on a wide range of devices and operating systems. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they can expect a job growth of 17 percent over the next seven years. Depending on the location and company, a software engineer can expect a median annual salary of $102,280.
As we spend more of our professional and personal lives online, individuals and organizations need solutions to protect them from cyber attacks and data loss. That’s why companies need security engineers to design, develop, and implement robust security programs. According to Áine Cain’s BusinessInsider article “11 of the highest-paying entry-level jobs for the class of 2017,” the average entry-level salary of a security engineer is $74,200 per year.
It’s important to note that these jobs aren’t always with tech companies. Medium-sized companies and large enterprises frequently have their own in-house tech departments tasked with developing proprietary software and security measures.
An ageing population and a rise in chronic diseases are fueling the demand for registered nurses. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a job growth of 16 percent by 2024. The average salary for a registered nurse is $68,450 per year, but it can vary depending on the specific medical discipline, as well as the location and employer.
Streamlining operations is top of mind for many organizations. Consulting analysts use data analytics and other tools combined with their knowledge of operational efficiency methodology to pinpoint bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and waste so they can make recommendations for improvements. The demand for consulting analysts is growing in all sectors, and the average annual salary is $75,000.
When it’s time to put your degree to work, it’s good to know there’s an increasing number of doors open for entry-level candidates. Just remember: looking in the right place—like the technology, healthcare, or business sector—helps make your job search a success!
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