Highest-paying jobs for recent college grads
7. Financial analyst
Average first-year salary: $66,000
Preferred background: Bachelor's or master's degree in finance, business, accounting, statistics, or economics.
BLS projected outlook, 2008-2018: 20 percent growth
Analysts dole out advice on how to best grow a company's or individual's worth. Getting a job in this field is hugely dependent on contacts, so grow your network through internships and university activities.