CareerBuilder and EMSI: Best Jobs for 2013 Requiring Bachelor’s Degree

CareerBuilder and EMSI have released the best jobs for 2013 that require, on average, a bachelor’s degree. The details were summarized in a press release (see this Forbes article), and below we’ve provided more information on the top jobs.

We used EMSI data to derive each occupation’s growth, the estimated total number of jobs in 2012, a brief description of the occupation, the top three cities for concentration, and finally the wage curve, which illustrates what a typical worker in the occupation makes as their career progresses. The 10th percentile earnings approximate entry-level wages for the occupation, while the 90th percentile earnings approximate top-end wages.

Note: Although the average education level for these occupations is a bachelor’s degree, a portion of workers in each field have attained more or less education than required. Information on EMSI data can be found here.

#1. Software Developers (Applications & Systems Software)

  • 70,872 jobs added since 2010, 7% growth
  • 997,810 total jobs

Software Developers, Systems Software

SOC 15-1133: Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Software Developers, Applications

SOC 15-1132: Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Top cities for concentration:

  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Wage curve:

#2. Accountants and Auditors

  • 37,123 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth
  • 1,264,004 total jobs

SOC 13-2011: Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data. Excludes “Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents” (13-2081).

Top cities for concentration:

  • Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, JY-NJ-PA

Wage curve:

#3. Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists

  • 31,335 jobs added since 2010, 10% growth
  • 359,214 total jobs

SOC 13-1161: Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

Top cities for concentration:

  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Wage curve:

#4. Computer Systems Analysts

  • 26,937 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
  • 530,086 total jobs

SOC 15-1121: Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Top cities for concentration:

  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Wage curve:

 

#5. Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Specialists

  • 22,773 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
  • 472,223 total jobs

SOC 13-1078: Includes SOC 2010 occupation: 13-1071 – Human Resources Specialists: Perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers. Excludes “Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists” (13-1141). Includes SOC 2010 occupation: 13-1075 – Labor Relations Specialists: Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints. Excludes equal employment opportunity (EEO) officers who are included in “Compliance Officers” (13-1041).

Top cities for concentration:

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • Columbus, OH
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

Wage curve:

#6. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • 18,626 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
  • 361,865 total jobs

SOC 15-1142: Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures. Excludes “Information Security Analysts”(15-1122), “Computer User Support Specialists” (15-1151), and “Computer Network Support Specialists” (15-1152).

Top cities for concentration:

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Columbus, OH

Wage curve:

#7. Sales Representatives (Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific)

  • 17,405 jobs added since 2010, 4% growth
  • 420,868 total jobs

SOC 41-4011: Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in such areas as biology, engineering, chemistry, and electronics, normally obtained from at least 2 years of post-secondary education. Excludes “Sales Engineers” (41-9031).

Top cities for concentration:

  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
  • Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

Wage curve:

#8. Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer Network Architects

  • 15,715 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
  •  315,516 total jobs

SOC 15-1179: Includes SOC 2010 occupation: 15-1122 – Information Security Analysts: Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses. Excludes “Computer Network Architects” (15-1143). Includes SOC 2010 occupation: 15-1134 – Web Developers: Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content. Excludes “Multimedia Artists and Animators” (27-1014). Includes SOC 2010 occupation: 15-1143 – Computer Network Architects: Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Excludes “Information Security Analysts” (15-1122), “Network and Computer Systems Administrators” (15-1142), and “Computer Network Support Specialists” (15-1152).

Top cities for concentration:

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Wage curve:

#9. Mechanical Engineers

  • 13,847 jobs added since 2010, 6% growth
  • 251,270 total jobs

SOC 17-2141: Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Top cities for concentration:

  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Wage curve:

#10. Industrial Engineers

  • 12,269 jobs added since 2010, 6% change
  • 220,568 total jobs

SOC 17-2112: Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination. Excludes “Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors” (17-2111).

Top cities for concentration:

  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Wage curve:

#11. Computer Programmers

  • 11,540 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth
  •  350,291 total jobs

SOC 15-1131: Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Top cities for concentration:

  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

Wage curve:

#12. Financial Analysts

  • 10,016 jobs added since 2010, 4% change
  •  243,813 total jobs

SOC 13-2051: Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Top cities for concentration:

  • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
  • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC

Wage curve:

#13. Public Relations Specialists

  • 8,541 jobs added since 2010, 4% growth
  • 234,688 total jobs

SOC 27-3031: Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Top cities for concentration:

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
  • Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

Wage curve:

#14. Logisticians

  • 8,522 jobs added since 2010, 8% growth
  • 122,052 total jobs

SOC 13-1081: Analyze and coordinate the logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources. Excludes “Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers” (11-3071).

Top cities for concentration:

  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Wage curve:

#15. Database Administrators

  • 7,468 jobs added since 2010, 7% growth
  • 118,513 total jobs

SOC 15-1141: Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases. Excludes “Information Security Analysts” (15-1122).

Top cities for concentration:

  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Wage curve:

#16. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

  • 7,072 jobs added since 2010, 10% growth
  • 79,582 total jobs

SOC 13-1121: Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

Top cities for concentration:

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

Wage curve:

#17. Cost Estimators

  • 6,871 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth
  • 200,992 total jobs

SOC 13-1051: Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.

Top cities for concentration:

  • St. Louis, MO-IL
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

Wage curve:

#18. Personal Financial Advisors

  • 5,212 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth
  • 212,352 total jobs

SOC 13-2052: Advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate. Duties include assessing clients’ assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives.

Top cities for concentration:

  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
  • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
  • Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA

Wage curve:

 

13 Responses to “CareerBuilder and EMSI: Best Jobs for 2013 Requiring Bachelor’s Degree”

  1. darlenehill

    the percentages that you show are those the jobs,that are available or those are the job percentages hired in that year, with a bacholer degree.

    • Joshua Wright

      Darlene – the percentage under each is the percentage job growth from 2010-2012 for that occupation, regardless of education level. So for software developers, there is 7% more jobs (an additional 70,872 jobs added) in that field than in 2010.

  2. Teresa Walker

    I am seeking employment in the fields of Public Relations and/or Human Resources.I would appreciate any leads and information concerning my searcha that are in the Pittsburgh,PA region.

    • Joshua Wright

      Teresa – we recommend searching CareerBuilder.com for what you requested. This link is for public relations job openings in the Pittsburgh area, for example.

  3. Mike Stafford

    Nice job on the article. Our clients have us searching for these candidates all the time. Thanks for the data – wage curve and growth. Joshua that’s good advice to Teresa. Our recruiting firm (http://cegpartners.com) uses CareerBuilder to find candidates.

  4. Kathleen Tkac

    What about jobs in Rochester, New York. We are the forgotton bunch. Oh well who cares about us. Some of us don’t want to leave where we were born and raised. Oh well, my prayers will be for all humans. Who knows, the Mayans may be correct about tomorrow.

  5. Ron Shelley

    I like the article, especially for a reference tool for middle school students. This is the time they need to be thinking about careers and career path. Note all of the careers require a strong background in math. Again, a great reference point….

  6. Deborah Hitchens

    I’m seeking a position as a Sr. Recruiting Specialist. I have worked in Finance, Hospital’s, Transportation and Insurance industries.

    I have experience in the full life-cycle of the Recruiting process using Behavioral Events Interviewing Techniques.

  7. Desi Madison

    I am a Grad student In Employment and Public Relations with a 4.0 with one year remaining. My under grad is Human Resource Management. I have 20+ years in business management. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. Do you think I can get even an internship or a entry-level job in this area??? No such luck- have been searching for 6 months in earnest. It is horrible out there…

    • Joshua Wright

      We’d suggest trying careerrookie.com, a site dedicated to help jobseekers find entry-level jobs, internships, etc. You can search by job and city at the site.

  8. Sam

    The Forbes article that uses this data reports on average salary, while you list medians. Did the reporter mean to say ‘median’, or is she using data from elsewhere?

    Thanks.

    • Joshua Wright

      Sam – it appears the Forbes writer used data straight from the BLS. Our earnings data are indeed median figures.