UCSD Reports on Top Hot Careers for College Graduates


UC San Diego recently released the fourth edition of its annual jobs report, “Hot Careers for College Graduates.” The study used wage and employment information gathered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine what constitutes a hot job for a college graduate in today’s highly competitive job market. The data revealed 18 major career sectors with strong employment potential in computer related, finance and medical fields. Furthermore, the findings indicated there is an increase national demand for college graduates with “hands on skills” in these three fields. Here is a list of the top ten jobs cited in the report:

  1. Software Developers, Systems Software
  2. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  3. Software Developers, Applications
  4. Market Research Analysts/Data Miners
  5. Cost Estimators
  6. Database Administrators
  7. Information Security Analysts
  8. Web Developers
  9. Computer Network Architects
  10. Network and Computer Systems Admin

For the full 2012 report, go to http://extension.ucsd.edu/specialreports.