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Best Jobs for Bachelor's Degree Holders in 2013



By Catherine Groux
Posted December 11, 2012 02:00 PM

Bachelor's degree holders have many job opportunities available to them.
Bachelor's degree holders have many job opportunities available to them.
When individuals graduate with bachelor's degrees, they have many job opportunities available to them. In order to show these students where to begin their job search, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) recently released their list of the best jobs for 2013 that typically require a bachelor's degree. Below are the top five positions on the list, as well as a few reasons why they make great jobs for new college graduates:

1. Software Developers (Applications and Systems Software)
These professionals are responsible for developing computer applications or creating the underlying systems that run certain devices or control networks. As CareerBuilder and EMSI's top job of the year, software developers have many benefits. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), these employees are in very high demand. Between 2010 and 2020, the number of jobs for software developers is expected to increase by 30%, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, they tend to earn competitive salaries, as the average median wages for these professionals are between $87,790 and $94,180.

2. Accountants and Auditors
Accountants and auditors prepare and review financial data, ensuring everything is accurate and taxes are paid in a timely manner. After earning a bachelor's degree, these professionals tend to face a booming job market, as the BLS reports that the number of jobs for accountants and auditors is expected to rise by 16% through 2020. Additionally, they frequently see high paychecks, with the average annual salary for accountants and auditors hovering around $61,690.

3. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
These bachelor's degree holders research market conditions in cities, towns, regions or nations to gather appropriate information on the potential sales of a product or service. Since 2010, the number of jobs for these professionals has risen by 10%, CareerBuilder and EMSI report, meaning graduates can apply for one of the almost 360,000 jobs across the nation. On average, these positions tend to bring annual salaries of around $60,250, the BLS states. 

4. Computer Systems Analysts
Bachelor's degree holders who become computer systems analysts will be responsible for studying a company's computer systems and making recommendations on how they can be more effective and efficient. Like other jobs in information technology, the employment market for computer systems analysts is booming. According to the BLS, the number of positions for these experts is expected to rise by 22% through 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, computer systems analysts can expect to earn competitive salaries of around $77,740 per year. 

5. Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Specialists
Human resources specialists recruit, interview and place new employees within a company while also handling issues such as payroll, training and benefits. In the future, there will be a great need for bachelor's degree holders in this field, as the BLS reports that the number of human resources jobs will rise by 21% through 2020. Typically, these positions offer college graduates annual salaries of around $52,690.

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