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University lists top 10 emerging careers for college grads in the US; interpreters top list

November 30, 2017

The University of California San Diego Extension Center for Research on the Regional Economy released its annual list of the top 10 emerging careers for college grads in the US. Interpreters and translators topped the list.

The list aimed to identify the top 10 occupations by combining the highest projected growth rates and the most online job postings using information from labor-market data firm Emsi. Researchers focused on jobs that required a bachelor’s degree with less than five years of work experience.

The top 10 emerging careers in the US were:

  1. Interpreters and translators
  2. Operations research analysts
  3. Personal financial advisors
  4. Computer systems analysts
  5. Software developers, applications
  6. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
  7. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
  8. Information security analysts
  9. Meeting, convention and event planners
  10. Management analysts

Median hourly earnings for interpreters and translators were $21.90, according to the report. Median hourly earnings were $38.37 for operations research analysts.

The career with the highest median hourly earnings out of the top 10 at $48.09 was software developer, applications.

The full report is available online.

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