College seniors and final-year grad students will soon begin exploring their salary potential as graduation season draws near. But how do you know what a good starting salary is? Or what may set you apart from other college graduates entering the workforce? U.S. News & World Report adds, "...experts predict a 'fierce' job market for the class of 2022..."Before soon-to-be college graduates apply for their first job, it's important to identify work environment preferences. You'll need to understand what skills employers want, and the entry-level job titles your degree could translate into. This involves researching high-demand job locations and the differences in pay across the United States. Jump to Monster's Salary Tool by MajorSelect the View Job on Monster text under the salary graph to see jobs that are available right now on Monster.
Consider other college majors related to the degree you’re interested in. College is about discovering what you enjoy. You may find a new field of study with more career potential.
Ensure you pick a major that will translate to a high-demand career. It’s important to find a job after college graduation, as you could have student loans to pay back.
Find the best job markets in the United States. Search for internships in these cities prior to your senior year of college or final year of grad school. Establishing connections and networks as an intern will enhance your odds of landing a job in a location that pays well.
You'll save time on your job search by applying for jobs in the right cities.
Know what unique skills you need, before you graduate. Understanding the skill-sets employers are looking for helps you set yourself apart. You may consider getting an online certification, adding specific college courses to your student schedule or joining niche student clubs related to the career you'd like to pursue.
Negotiate your first salary with confidence. Get paid what you deserve, by understanding what the average pay is for graduates in your field. Expand your knowledge by comparing expected pay with the cost of living in high-demand cities.
Use your college major to find entry-level salaries for job titles related to your degree. The location field is optional; you can choose to tailor your results by city and/or state for detailed results—more on that below. Even if you don’t include a location, the results allow you to investigate High Demand Job Locations for the major if you’d like to dig deeper.
This tool provides a salary benchmark, so you'll know what you may be getting paid after you've graduated from college. A graph highlights the average salary for a particular degree and includes a salary range—from lowest to highest median pay by job title.
After you've added a major and location, pick a city from the High Demand Job Locations section. From this, a Monster jobs plugin will appear at the bottom of the page. This list features current job openings just for you.
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