After enrolling for post-secondary studies, fulfilling the requirements needed to graduate, and receiving your degree at a ceremony, you’ll be yet another person looking for a job.

But what might the job market look like if you’re part of the class of 2017? No one can predict the future with unerring accuracy, but it is possible to assess current trends today to get a good feel for what could materialize tomorrow.

According to one list that mentions 5 top jobs for 2017, the top position next year — in terms of salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree — is accountant. Read on to learn more.


  1. Accountant

Accountants prepare their companies’ financial statements, work on budgeting, put together reports, and assess operational costs. If you want to succeed in this position, you need to have analytical, problem solving, and logic skills as well as a degree. You can opt for a four-year undergraduate degree or go further and pursue a multi-year graduate degree. The starting salary for an accountant with a bachelor’s degree is $67,000 annually.


But, of course, the list doesn’t stop there. The other 4 positions mentioned as being the top careers for 2017 include the following:


  1. Software Engineer

Software engineers work on different sorts of software for, among other things, network distribution and operating systems. In order to succeed in this role, you need to have, in addition to a degree, extensive programming skills, the ability to find and resolve coding problems, and the ability to think clearly when under stress. If you wish to be a software engineer, you can get the educational background needed with a vocational degree of two or three years, or a four-year undergraduate degree. The starting salary with an undergraduate degree is $55,000 annually.


  1. Nurse

Nurses play an important role as health care professionals in hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, and clinics. Among other things, they connect patients with doctors and vice versa, provide medication to patients, care for patients, and more. It’s possible to graduate with a four-year undergraduate degree or a two-to-three-year vocational degree, and the starting salary if you have an undergraduate degree is $39,000. In order to do with at this job, you not only need to have the right academic background, but also must have good interpersonal communication skills, solid problem solving capabilities, and good critical thinking skills in stressful situations.



  1. Teacher

The job of teacher comes with a starting salary of $37,000 annually if you have an undergraduate degree. So if you relish the opportunity to instruct students and to help them achieve their full potential as well as have the ability to think rationally and clearly in stressful situations, then it just might be the career option for you. You can get a four-year bachelor’s degree or go even further with an advanced degree.


  1. Network Administrator

If you pursue a career as a network administrator, you can net a starting salary of $60,000 annually if you have a master’s degree. While the starting salary is higher than the other four on the list, that wage is applicable to students with graduate degrees rather than bachelor’s degrees. Education options include a vocational degree of two or three years, an undergraduate degree of four years, and a master’s degree of multiple years. As well as a degree, you need to be able to think clearly in stressful situations and have problem solving skills.


Final Thoughts

So, there you have it — 5 careers that stand to be popular among the class of 2017. But before you take the workforce by storm, it is important to consider that the digital age that you grew up in has gotten greener. A lot greener. Specifically, many workers and employers are becoming more concerned about the environment — and about how they can reduce their impact on the environment. So when you research companies that you may want to work for, you might want to figure out their commitment to protecting the environment in order to find the right fit.

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