CareerBliss Announces the Top 20 Hot Jobs for New Grads

Posted May 18, 2011

Jobs for graduatesIrvine, CA (May 18 , 2011) CareerBliss, the leading online career community helping people find joy and success at every step in their careers, announces new data revealing what the CareerBliss Top 20 Hot Jobs for the class of 2011. CareerBliss evaluated more than one million data points to determine what companies are hiring and what fields are happiest for college grads. As college grads turn in their cap and gown for a suit and tie (or their best version of a Steve Jobs turtleneck) - CareerBliss data shows that grads have much to celebrate if they are looking for a career in healthcare, finance, technology or sales.

The CareerBliss Top 20 Hot Jobs for New Grads

RankJob TitleAverage SalaryBliss Score
1Software Engineer$71,9167.86
2Sales Representative$47,6297.78
3Business Analyst$72,7737.85
4Sales Manager$68,6767.66
5Product Manager$72,7177.40
6Financial Analyst$61,5178.06
7Physical Therapist$57,0007.25
8Network Engineer$69,0797.75
9Occupational Therapist$66,9237.42
10Registered Nurse$61,7077.76
11Quality Engineer$65,9527.41
12Systems Engineer$75,9707.67
13Systems Administrator$63,1617.71
14Electrical Engineer$70,0798.10
15Loan Officer$51,1178.00
16Speech and Language Pathologist$66,4716.89
17Mechanical Engineer$69,3697.61
18Manufacturing Engineer$66,1217.77
19Project Engineer$70,5517.78
20Quality Assurance Analyst$56,5208.14

The CareerBliss Top 20 Hot Jobs for New Grads list details not only the current number of job openings for a particular job type, but also reflects the happiness or Bliss Score for each field. For example, software engineers have the highest number of open jobs, but Quality Assurance Analysts jobs yield the highest happiness score. The CareerBliss data also reveals which jobs have the highest annual salary. A junior sales representative has a minimum average salary of 42 thousand dollars a year, while a first year software engineer can easily make close to 70 thousand dollars a year. All jobs listed are relevant to college grads with zero to three years experience.

Heidi Golledge, CEO and Co-founder of CareerBliss say, “Our data shows the job market for college grads is definitely heading in a positive direction. We are seeing the highest demand in years for new college grads in areas such as tech, sales and finance. Salaries are climbing and companies are aggressively recruiting college grads in these fields. The Class of 2011 has a lot to be excited about in the coming year – as the workforce continues to respond to economic growth by creating jobs where they can truly be happy.”

Matt Miller, CareerBliss CTO and Co-founder details the types of companies that are hiring college grads. “Look for companies such as Amazon, Google, and AOL to scoop up some of the most qualified applicants from the class of 2011. Pharmaceutical companies are eager to hire promising new talent as well.”

The CareerBliss Top 20 Hot Companies For Hiring

CompanyJob Title
AmazonKindle Software Development Engineer
Paychex IncB2B Payroll Sales Representative
JPMorgan ChaseBusiness Analyst Lead
AvonBilingual District Sales Manager
GoogleProduct Manager - Cambridge
Johnson & JohnsonSenior Financial Analyst
Epoch MedicalStaffing Physical Therapist
Verizon BusinessNetwork Engineer
Marianjoy Rehabilitation HospitalOccupational Therapist
Baptist HospitalRegistered Nurse
GoodrichProject Quality Engineer
AvanadeSystems Engineer
General DynamicsIT Systems Administrator
Siemens USAElectrical Engineer - AC/DC Drives
PNC MortgageLoan Officer
RehabCare GroupSpeech Language Pathologist
IntelFacilities Mechanical Engineer
HoneywellEntry Level - Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineer II
Coca-Cola RefreshmentsProject Electronics Engineer
CGIQuality Assurance Specialist Job

Golledge of CareerBliss says, “The class of 2011 has a promising job market ahead of them – and with our CareerBliss’ data they have the tools and information they need to make informed decisions, not only about the types of jobs that are hiring and the money they can make – but more importantly how happy employees are in those current positions – all valuable as new grads venture on their career path.”


The CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors which affect work happiness, including: work-life balance, one’s relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks, and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis. The data accounts for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee’s overall happiness. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and ten. All assessments are derived from 2011 employee generated reviews. The CareerBliss data evaluated open jobs in 2011 with experience level from zero to three years - each job title is supported by a minimum of 50 separate companies.

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The CareerBliss Team

CareerBliss cares about your career happiness. That's why we offer a variety of great tools and resources to help you make better-informed career decisions. We believe that if you're happier at work, you'll be happier in life! Check out company reviews, salary information, career advice and, of course, millions of jobs on CareerBliss and choose happy today!

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