This story originally appeared on SmartAsset.com.
Entering the workforce as a young person can be difficult. For many people who are fresh out of college, it’s particularly challenging to determine exactly which industries are likely to hire someone so young and with such little professional experience. But securing gainful employment is the first step in building savings and establishing a career. That’s why SmartAsset endeavored to find the fastest-growing jobs for young professionals.
To do so, we compared the number of young professionals employed in an occupation in 2015 with the total number of young professionals employed in that job in 2019 in order to find the percentage increase.
To find the fastest-growing jobs for young professionals, SmartAsset looked at employment data from 2015 and compared it to that from 2019. We considered only occupations that require a bachelor’s or advanced degree and filtered out any occupation that employed fewer than 15,000 people between the ages of 25 and 34 in 2015. We also filtered out any occupation with “other” and “miscellaneous” in the title due to a lack of specificity. To rank the occupations, we looked at the percentage change in young professionals employed in each occupation from 2015 to 2019.
All data, including earnings data, comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment data is reported to the nearest thousand and growth is estimated based on that reporting.
Young professionals seek STEM and finance jobs. Four of the top 10 occupations for young professionals are categorized as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs. They include information security analyst, physician assistant, biological scientist, and chemist and materials scientist. Three other jobs in the top 10 — purchasing managers, market research analysts and fundraisers — fall under job categories related to business and financial operations.
In top jobs, young professional growth outpaces overall growth. Across 17 of the top 20 jobs in our study, the four-year change in the number of young professionals joining an occupation exceeds the four-year change in total employment for that occupation. The three exceptions are architectural and engineering managers, logisticians and nurse practitioners.