Top 10 Entry-Level Jobs for the Class of 2022

Data shows new graduates are entering a favorable job market. But some jobs are hiring even more first-time job seekers than the rest.

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by Evan Thompson

Published September 7, 2022

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Top 10 Entry-Level Jobs for the Class of 2022
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Every year, a new group of college graduates enters the workforce. Starting your career right out of college often depends on whether the job market is hot — with lots of hiring — or cool.

So, how are things looking for the class of 2022? The job market is going strong, despite the possibility of a recession.

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"Employers plan to hire 31.6% more new college graduates in 2022 than in 2021, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are around two job openings for every unemployed person as of July 2022.

Employers plan to hire 31.6% more new college graduates in 2022 than in 2021, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

To fill open roles, more employers are considering hiring candidates with less experience — which is good for first-time job seekers.

But which jobs need new grads with a bachelor's degree the most? According to ZipRecruiter data, these are the top 10 entry-level jobs with the most openings.

1. Sales Representative

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $41,750
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 220,000

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2. Software Engineer

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $67,750
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 210,000

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3. Software Developer

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $57,650
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 180,000

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4. Engineer

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $49,110
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 180,000

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5. Business Analyst

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $39,110
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 130,000

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6. Recruiter

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $34,020
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 120,000

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7. Finance

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $42,730
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 120,000

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8. Marketing

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $38,700
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 60,000

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9. Accountant

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $40,780
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 60,000

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10. Account Executive

  • Average Starting Wage (as of May 1, 2022): $43,240
  • Number of entry-level jobs (as of May 1, 2022): 50,000

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