Recent Report Reveals the Best Jobs for Millennials in 2015

Posted By Terri Williams on July 30, 2015 at 9:40 am
Recent Report Reveals the Best Jobs for Millennials in 2015

Some people frown at the idea of a “best jobs” list, arguing that people should just “do what makes them happy.” To a certain extent, that’s good advice – but no one wants to get stuck in a job that’s rapidly becoming obsolete, or doesn’t pay a living wage.

If you haven’t decided on a degree yet – or you’re considering a change – check out CareerCast’s recent report, which laid out the 10 best jobs for millennials in 2015. The report also projects the best jobs for the next several years, which can be helpful for students weighing their degree options.

How were the top 10 jobs selected? That’s the first question GoodCall asked CareerCast editor Kyle Kensing. “The Jobs Rated Methodology and its ‘Core Criteria’ set the foundation for the jobs chosen,” says Kensing.  This criteria included 11 stress factors, such as the physical demands, environmental conditions, and deadlines of a job.

“Projected job growth and income growth played a considerable role, as these numbers points to the long-term sustainability of each field. Return on investment for college degrees and the employment and hiring numbers of workers in the age demographic were also heavily weighed,” Kensing says.

Below are CareerCast’s 10 Best Jobs for Millennials in 2015:

Job Title Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Outlook Typical Degree Requirement
Advertising Account Executive $115,750 12% Bachelor’s – Marketing/Advertising
Civil Engineer $79,340 20% Bachelor’s – Civil Engineering
Computer Systems Analyst $79,680 25% Bachelor’s – Computer Science
Data Scientist $124,149 15% Master’s – Computer Science, Statistics
Financial Planner $67,520 27% Bachelors – Finance or Accounting
Market Research Analyst $60,300 32% Bachelors – Marketing
Physical Therapist $79,860 36% Doctorate – Physical Therapy
Social Media Manager $46,169 13% Bachelor’s – Communication
Software Engineer $93,350 22% Bachelor’s – Computer Science or Software Engineering
Statistician $75,560 27% Master’s – Statistics or Math

As a point of comparison, the average American worker earns a median annual wage of $34,750, and the average U.S. job is projected to grow by 11%.

Several of the best careers for millennials are in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. Kensing explains, “Careers in STEM fields are in high demand, whether the industry is information technology, business and economics, or healthcare.” He says that STEM jobs are always on the list of careers in demand, and many of these industries face shortages of qualified candidates.
“These are challenging fields of study, so navigating a STEM curriculum is typically a strong indicator of a candidate’s work ethic and perseverance, as much as her or his knowledge base.”

For students who may be considering a degree leading to one of these positions, Kensing offers the following advice: “Observe the field as closely as possible, and do so proactively. Whether this means volunteering to assist a professional in some capacity or shadowing a worker already in the field you are considering, nothing beats learning about a job with firsthand experience.”

In addition to the required degree, Joan Kuhl, millennial career expert and founder of consulting firm Why Millennials Matter, says millennials need to enter the workplace with the following skills:

  • “The ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization. 
In today’s fast-paced, virtual, global, multi-cultural and multi-generational workplace, it is critical to have succinct, dynamic communication and influence skills to relate to your peers, your leadership and your clients.
  • New graduates and young professionals need to accelerate their development to be agile and organized in an ever-changing business world that demands the confidence and competence to make and communicate smart decisions quickly.

  • The ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work. 
Millennials are horizontal problem solvers, meaning they are comfortable crowdsourcing across their network, inside and outside their organization. The challenge of this style of problem solving is that it is in contrast to traditional protocols for decision-making. Younger employees must be clear in their communication to management about explaining their rational, and the logic behind their actions and recommendations to demonstrate their potential, critical thinking and general business savvy.”

Terri Williams
Terri Williams graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her education, career, and business articles have been featured on Yahoo! Education, U.S. News & World Report, The Houston Chronicle, and in the print edition of USA Today Special Edition. Terri is also a contributing author to "A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics," a book published by the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago.

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