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Best Industries for Undergraduates

Vault ranks the best industries to work in. Whether you are a recent grad or looking for a career change, use these rankings to find an industry that is right for you.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine our Best Career Path Rankings, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality ranking. Each path's overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25% demand (number of job openings), 25% earning potential (median salary), and 25% job satisfaction (perks, benefits, work/life balance), and 25% employment rates (unemployment).

Best Industries for Undergraduates

1

Energy

The energy industry comprises the companies and people who locate fuel resources, harness them or remove them from the earth, and then process and...

2

Accounting

Accounting practices have been used ever since the first farmer kept track of the number of sheep or cows he owned and the first merchants tracked...

3

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry produces drugs and other products that help people and animals live healthier lives, recover from injuries,...

4

Consulting

Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. And in the age of information, any businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, or other organizations that do not...

5

Advertising

The advertising industry is a global, multibillion-dollar business that serves as a conduit between manufacturers and consumers. The research group Magna...

6

Social Media

Social media refers to user-created content (audio, text, video, multimedia) that is published and shared online. It is also the online technology that...

7

Media and Entertainment

The media and entertainment industry consists of film, print, radio, and television. These segments include movies, TV shows, radio shows, news, music,...

8

Information Technology

CompTIA, a major information technology (IT) industry trade association defines IT as the “utilization of computing via hardware, software, services, and...

9

Engineering

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) defines engineering as "that profession in which knowledge of the mathematical and natural...

10

Investment Management

Investment management is the business of investing other people’s money. It is the “buy side” of the broader financial industry. Investment managers,...