Special Report

Lowest Paying Jobs for College Grads

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14. Farm and home management advisors
> Median annual wage: $49,190
> 2014 jobs: 10,800
> Projected job chg.: +10.9%

Agricultural inspectors are one of several farm-related occupations on this list. Farm and home management advisors work with individuals, families and institutions in agricultural businesses. People employed as agricultural advisors frequently conduct classes, perform research, or serve as consultants. These workers typically have a college degree but are paid less than $50,000 a year. While the typical salary is substantially greater than the median salary for all occupations of $36,200, it is one of the lowest compared with other occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree. Such low-paying but relatively high-skilled jobs are common in the education and government sectors, which together are the largest employers of farm and home management advisors.

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13. Meeting, convention, and event planners
> Median annual wage: $46,840
> 2014 jobs: 100,000
> Projected job chg.: +9.9%

Employment in several of the lowest paying jobs for college graduates is expected to decline over the next decade. However, the job outlook for meeting, convention and event planners is very positive with the number of such jobs projected to grow by 9.9% over the decade ending in 2024, considerably faster than the average employment growth for all occupations. Yet, the profession is not especially well paid relative to the qualifications needed.

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12. Audio-visual and multimedia collections specialists
> Median annual wage: $45,890
> 2014 jobs: 10,000
> Projected job chg.: +7.9%

The vast majority of audio-visual and multimedia collections specialists, who principally operate multimedia teaching aids, are employed in the education sector. All but a few hundred of these workers are employed at elementary, secondary, college, universities, or professional schools. Like many other education professions, audio-visual and multimedia collections specialists are frequently required to have a college degree — yet are not paid especially well. The typical person working this job earns $45,890 annually, one of the lowest salaries among jobs that require college level education.