Turning a college education into a career is easier said than done. To help newly minted graduates identify their best bets for rewarding employment, the University of California, San Diego Extension recently released its “2015 Hot Careers Report.”

Using a unique algorithm, UC San Diego Extension’s Center for Research on the Regional Economy identified those careers that offer a combination of strong employment growth, competitive salaries and high-quality work environments.

According to its analysis, the top 10 hottest careers for college graduates in 2015, in rank order, included:

1. Software Developers, Applications

2. Software Developers, Systems Software

3. Accountants and Auditors

4. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

5. Cost Estimators

6. Computer Network Architects

7. Management Analysts

8. Personal Financial Advisors

9. Elementary School Teachers, except for Special


10. Financial Analysts

Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of UC San Diego Extension, said the hot careers for 2015 reflect the evolution of the U.S. economy and its increased focus on globalisation and technology.

“Global markets, the rise of big data and the continued reach and influence of the digital world, all helped propel jobs for software developers, computer network architects and marketing analysts to the top of the list,” Walshok said.

Shifting demographics are also fueling growth in such careers as personal financial advisors and elementary school teachers.

“Aging Baby Boomers and the decline in pensions are increasing the need for professionals who can help people properly prepare for retirement,” Walshok added. “On the other hand, more elementary school teachers are reaching retirement age and creating a real demand for new teachers to fill that void.”

Source: Valley Roadrunner