Careers to Give You a Head Start After College


The cost of a college education today increases the need for graduates to get a head start on their careers after finishing. Some fields require education beyond a simple bachelor's degree. Others require a shorter-term certificate or associates degree. Regardless of the length of the program, it is important to find a viable career that pays a decent entry level salary. This list of a few careers will give some direction in finding the right field of study after graduation.




One of the most fulfilling and challenging careers you can begin with a bachelor's degree is teaching. Positions from preschool to high school are available in a wide variety of subject areas and in different types of organizations. Private, public, and charter schools hire thousands of teachers every year. Teacher pay varies greatly by location and can range from the mid-thirties to close to ninety thousand per year. To start teaching others in your field, you’ll have to complete your state teaching certification. Ask you professor what options might be available to you.


Engineering Technology


An engineering technology certificate or degree can lead to a variety of career opportunities. Positions can be found in information technology departments in many major corporations. Manufacturing companies also hire directly after completion of a program. You can begin your career working for a utility company, home alarm company, or government agencies. You’ll be required to work with various systems from cloud storage, word, or even home security sensors and equipment from ADT or similar home security companies. Be sure you know the systems you’ll be working with and can troubleshoot in each. In this career path, pay generally ranges from $40,000 to $60,000, depending on the location and type of position.




A radiologist is vital to the diagnostic process in the health care industry. Conducting MRIs and x-rays, working with physicians to interpret results, and dealing with patients are among the responsibilities of a radiologist. As with many health fields, this area is growing and has entry level wages in the mid-50s. After entering the field, many radiologists return to school to earn credits in a specialization which can lead to increased wages.




A nurse is a vital cog in the health care field. Found in doctors' offices, hospitals, corporate settings, and schools all over, nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate the public, and support the patients as they receive treatment. Registered nurses usually go through either an associates or bachelors level program which provides the knowledge and clinical experiences to prepare them to obtain state certification. With the variety of settings and specialization options, nursing is a great career opportunity right out of school. The pay is generally excellent, with most nurses making over $60,000 per year.




A relatively new, but growing field for college graduates, is in cybersecurity. Working in this field requires a background in computer science, with a specialization in information security. Jobs are found in law enforcement, but most are in private organizations focused on protecting the company's data and computer infrastructure. Protecting companies from hacking or investigating hacking attempts can be an exciting proposition for computer specialists. Salaries in this field reflect the importance organizations put on the function. Most cybersecurity specialists make at least $80,000 annually.


All these occupations require some type of college degree. They also require soft skills such as being on time, teamwork, and other skills required of a professional. Though not always expected in the college program, students who learn these lessons are generally in better positions when they enter the workforce. Applicants who do not appear to take pride in their application submission or who do not show sufficient attention to detail will find that they do not get many calls for interviews. Graduates who take advantage of the services offered in the college career placement office can give you an advantage over other applicants. From cover letter to practice interviews, these professionals can aid you in starting your career.


By: Eileen O'Shanassy

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.