Highest-paying jobs for recent college grads
5. Network systems administrator
Average first-year salary: $69,000
Preferred background: Bachelors degree in computer science of an associate degree and related work experience
BLS projected outlook, 2008-2018: 23 percent growth
Good with computers? Enjoy helping others? Think about becoming a systems administrator. When computers, phone, televisions, or printers break, system admins swoop in and fix the problem.