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The best jobs for college graduates in 2013


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The current employment market is an area of great concern for everyone, including students heading for college. Employment Web site CareerCast recently compiled a list of the best jobs of 2013. According to writer Kyle Kensing, the best jobs are defined as those that offer "high pay, low stress, a robust hiring outlook, and a healthy work environment." Students may want to consider these factors as they plan for their future careers.

Balancing growth with income
According to the article, the best career path for ambitious graduates this year is actuary. These professionals assess the risks associated with various financial transactions and are especially valuable in large organizations. The median salary for an actuary is more than $87,000, and job growth in this field is expected to be 27 percent through 2020, making it one of the fastest-expanding professions in the country.

Biomedical engineering is another attractive option for students thinking about their professional future. Biomedical engineers serve as a bridge between physicians and scientists, and help create solutions to common problems in health care and improve the quality of patient care. The demand for biomedical engineers is expected to increase by 62 percent through 2020; the median salary for biomedical engineers is around $81,000.

The usual suspects
Some fields such as software development, are in constant need of skilled workers. According to The Boston Globe, these professionals can expect job opportunities to grow by 30 percent through 2018. Currently, average salaries hover around the $80,000 mark. Software developers combine math and science skills with programming knowledge and creative problem solving to design and implement software applications, from mobile apps to Web-based interfaces. This profession was also featured in CareerCast's list of the year's best jobs.

Financial analyst is another job that promises an attractive salary and strong employment prospects. In today's economy, where many people are more cautious with their money, these professionals help individuals make sound financial decisions regarding investments and personal spending. The average first-year salary for a financial analyst is around $66,000, and job opportunities in this field are expected to grow by 20 percent through 2018.

Of course, these are just some of the career paths future graduates may consider when choosing a college major. Once in college, students can discuss their plans or concerns with an adviser at the school's career guidance center to determine a career that combines their interests and offers strong employment prospects.

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