Education.com
Try
Brainzy
Try
Plus
Black Friday sale on now! Save 50% on PLUS and Brainzy with coupon BLACKFRI. Learn More

What Types of Jobs are Available for College Graduates?

— U.S. Department of Education
Updated on Dec 16, 2008

Certificates and degrees earned by graduates of two-and four-year colleges or universities lead to different kinds of professional opportunities. Many professions require graduate degrees beyond the traditional four-year degree, such as a medical degree or a law degree. For example:

  • A course of study in bookkeeping at a community college generally prepares a student for a job as a bookkeeper.

  • A four-year degree in economics may prepare a student for any one of several jobs in a bank or a business.

  • A four-year degree in English may serve as background for elementary or secondary school teaching or for work as an editor with a magazine.

In Chart 1, there is a partial listing of different occupations and the educational background generally required or recommended for each. Some people who go on to acquire jobs in the four-year-college column obtain a graduate degree or some graduate education, but many of these jobs can be filled by people who do not have more than a four-year college education. For more information on the educational requirements of specific jobs, contact a guidance counselor or check the latest copy of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, in your library. (See the last section of this handbook for information on this book and other publications that discuss jobs.)

Chart 1

Examples of Jobs in Which a College Education May Be Recommended or Required

Two-Year College
(Associate's Degree)

Administrative Assistant
Automotive Mechanic
Cardiovascular Technician
Commercial Artist
Computer Technician
Dental Hygienist
Drafter
Engineering Technician
Funeral Director
Graphic Designer
Heating, Air-Conditioning,
   and Refrigeration Technician
Hotel or Restaurant Manager
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Record Technician
Insurance Agent
Registered Nurse
Surgical Technologist
Surveyor
Visual Artist
Water and Wastewater Treatment
   Plant Operator

Four-Year College
(Bachelor's Degree)

Accountant
Computer Systems Analyst
Dietitian
Editor
Engineer
FBI Agent
Investment Banker
Journalist
Medical Illustrator
Pharmacist
Public Relations Specialist
Recreational Therapist
Research Assistant
Social Worker
Teacher
Writer

More Than Four Years of College
(Various Graduate Degrees Required)

Architect
Biologist
Chiropractor
Dentist
Diplomat
Doctor
Economist
Geologist
Lawyer
Librarian
Management Consultant
Paleontologist
Priest
Psychologist
Public Policy Analyst
Rabbi
Scientist
Sociologist
University Professor
Veterinarian
Zoologist

Add your own comment
DIY Worksheets
Make puzzles and printables that are educational, personal, and fun!
Matching Lists
Quickly create fun match-up worksheets using your own words.
Word Searches
Use your own word lists to create and print custom word searches.
Crossword Puzzles
Make custom crossword puzzles using your own words and clues.
See all Worksheet Generators