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Joining the workforce as a young person can be difficult. For many people who have just graduated from college, it is particularly difficult to determine exactly which industries are likely to hire someone so young and with so little work experience. However, securing employment is the first step in building savings and building a career. Because of this, SmartAsset strove to find the fastest growing jobs for young professionals.

For this purpose, we compared the number of young professionals who were employed in a profession in 2015 with the total number of young professionals who were employed in that profession in 2019 to determine the percentage increase.

To find the fastest growing jobs for young professionals, SmartAsset examined and compared employment data from 2015 to 2019. We have only considered occupations that require a bachelor's or advanced degree and filtered out all occupations that employed fewer than 15,000 people between the ages of 25 and 34 in 2015. We also have any employment with "others" and “different” in the title filtered out due to lack of specificity. In order to classify the occupations, we examined the percentage change in young professionals in each occupation from 2015 to 2019.

All data, including income data, is from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Employment data are reported to the nearest thousand and growth is estimated based on this message.

Main results

Young professionals are looking for STEM and finance jobs. Four of the top 10 jobs for young professionals are classified as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs. These include information security analysts, medical assistants, life scientists, and chemists and materials scientists. Three other jobs in the top 10 – purchasing managers, market research analysts, and fundraisers – fall under the business and finance-related job categories.

For top jobs, young professional growth outstrips overall growth. In 17 of the 20 best jobs in our study, the four-year change in the number of young professionals joining a profession exceeds the four-year change in total employment for that profession. The three exceptions are architecture and engineering managers, logisticians and nurses.


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