The Most Popular Jobs for College Students Entering Business
Starting the job hunt and want to know the most popular jobs for college students looking to enter the business world? LinkedIn recently published a report that identifies the companies that are hiring grads along with the most popular entry level positions and salaries. Here are their findings:
Most Popular Companies for Recent Graduates:
The Takeaway: Accounting/consulting firms like Deloitte, EY, and PwC are constantly seeking new college grads to support their large teams. Therefore, they spend an incredible amount of resources looking for talent and providing attractive financial packages for students. It’s no wonder they dominate the top three spots. Meanwhile, tech giants like Amazon and Oracle continue to experience incredible growth which is causing them to ramp up their campus hiring. Target aims to become the #1 Millennial company and that requires hiring as many Millennials as possible to lead their company. Despite a slow-down, banking isn’t dead as JPMorgan remains in the top 10 list. Finally Insight Global and Lockheed Martin round out the top 10 as they look for fresh talent and ideas in their respective industries.
Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Median Salaries for Recent Graduates:
- Account Manager – $50,000
- Software engineer – $80,000
- Business analyst – $59,000
- Customer service representative – $35,000
- Administrative assistant – $39,500
- Recruiter – $39,200
- Consultant – $73,000
- Investment Banking Analyst – $85,000
- Graphic Designer – $36,000
- Staff Accountant – $50,000
The Takeaway: Two skill sets dominate this top 10 list: 1. being good with numbers and 2. knowing how to interact with people. Analytical students have a huge advantage in terms of salary and opportunities. Every company wants that person that can take data and numbers to generate insights and recommendations. While there is a large number of opportunities for consultants, bankers, and business analysts, the competition is often fierce and recruitment only happens among certain target schools. Meanwhile account managers, customer service representatives, recruiters, and admin assistants provide a much easier entry point into the business world for students that know how to talk to people. While the salaries are not as high, these entry level positions can get you into amazing companies where you can pivot into something new down the road.
These popular jobs for college students can be a great start for many but what other jobs do you feel will more popular in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Results Methodology: To create this list, we looked at the 10 most popular entry-level jobs and companies that 2016 college graduates went into in the U.S. based on LinkedIn profile data of millions of students. Median salaries are the U.S. median of 0-1 year(s) of experience for each role as reported by LinkedIn Salary. The results of this analysis represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility.