The 20 most popular jobs for college grads

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Grads are flocking to these roles.
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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/Flickr

We already know what fields are hiring grads like crazy.

But what roles are recent grads flocking to after college?

Job site Glassdoor recently released a list of the most common job titles that college grads hold in the first five years of their professional lives. The results are all based on Glassdoor’s research from April 2017.

The median base pay for each title is based on anonymous salary reports on the site from the last two years by US-based employees with five or fewer years of work experience.

Here are the roles that grads are gravitating toward:


20. Tutor

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college.library/flickr

Tutors give private lessons to students covering various academic disciplines.

Top majors: English, Spanish, and physics

Median base pay: $36,000


19. Customer service representative

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Andrew Wippler/Flickr

Customer service representatives provide assistance to customers and handle complaints.

Top majors: Criminal justice, sociology, and history

Median base pay: $35,000


18. Substitute teacher

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Flickr / woodleywonderworks

Substitute teachers teach classes on a temporary basis, usually filling in for teachers on leave.

Top majors: Education, Liberal Arts, Music

Median base pay: $25,000


17. Pharmacy technician

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Mehmet Cetin

Pharmacy technicians work directly with pharmacists, often performing both administrative and pharmaceutical duties.

Top majors: Biology, anthropology, and health sciences

Median base pay: $32,000


16. Lab technician

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Reuters/China Daily

Lab technicians perform tests and help researchers in medical and scientific laboratories.

Top majors: Biology, chemistry, and biochemistry

Median base pay: $39,000


15. Operations manager

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Flickr / krispdk

Operations managers oversee the production of goods and services.

Top majors: Business, sports management, and hospitality management

Median base pay: $59,000


14. Financial analyst

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Maxime Guilbot/Flickr

Financial analysts assess and provide insight on financial conditions for clients or organizations.

Top majors: Finance, economics, and accounting

Median base pay: $64,453


13. Web developer

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Web developers design and launch websites.

Top majors: Computer science and engineering, information technology, and philosophy

Median base pay: $60,960


12. Marketing coordinator

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Alper Çuğun/Flickr

Marketing coordinators organize and oversee various aspects of marketing campaigns.

Top majors: Marketing, communications, and public relations

Median base pay: $43,000


11. Engineer

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Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Engineers design, build, and maintain structures and systems.

Top majors: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering

Median base pay: $70,500


10. Data analyst

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Alper Çuğun/Flickr

Data analysts scrutinize and interpret data for businesses.

Top majors: Mathematics, information technology, and economics

Median base pay: $60,000


9. Case manager

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Shutterstock

Case managers typically work in healthcare, law, and social work, and organize and coordinate services on behalf of an individual case.

Top majors: Psychology, nursing, and criminal justice

Median base pay: $37,000


8. Software engineer

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Flickr / VFS Digital Design

Software engineers program and test computer software.

Top majors: Computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and information technology

Median base pay: $90,000


7. Social media manager

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Omar Havana/Getty Images

Social media managers monitor their company’s social media feed and run social media marketing campaigns.

Top majors: Communications, English, and public relations

Median base pay: $44,000


6. Account manager

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knyazevfoto / Shutterstock.com

Account managers are assigned to work with certain clients or customers on behalf of their company.

Top majors: Business, marketing, and communications

Median base pay: $50,000


5. Administrative assistant

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Flickr / Maryland GovPics

Administrative assistants provide administrative support to individuals and businesses.

Top majors: Business, psychology, and communications

Median base pay: $40,000


4. Intern

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Francisco Osorio/Flickr

Interns receive training and temporary employment in various white collar roles.

Top majors: Psychology, finance, and economics

Median base pay: $30,000


3. Teaching assistant

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UC Davis College of Engineering/flickr

Teaching assistants help teachers in the classroom in elementary schools, high schools, or higher education.

Top majors: Computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering

Median base pay: $20,000


2. Research assistant

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Flick/Loughborough University Library

Research assistants help out with academic research, usually on a temporary basis.

Top majors: Electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, and mechanical engineering

Median base pay: $28,855


1. Sales associate

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Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Sales associates primarily help sell a company or organization’s products or services.

Top majors: Business, English, and political science

Median base pay: $38,000