Lowest Paying Jobs for College Grads

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Each year, thousands of young people begin college with the goal of earning a degree and becoming more attractive to employers as they prepare to enter the job market.

Those who hold college degrees tend to work in fields that pay better. In the majority of occupations that require a college degree, workers earn an average annual wage of at least $65,000, compared the median annual wage across all occupations of $37,690. But not all fields are equally lucrative. Many jobs that typically require college degrees for entry-level positions pay less than $50,000.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics Survey to determine the lowest paying jobs for college graduates.

Click here to see the lowest paying jobs for college graduates.
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33. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators
> Median annual wage: $49,520
> Typical entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 28,000
> Projected employment growth (2016-2026): 6.6%

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32. Farm and home management advisors
> Median annual wage: $49,510
> Typical entry-level education: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 10,400
> Projected employment growth (2016-2026): 7.5%

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31. Exercise physiologists
> Median annual wage: $49,090
> Typical entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 15,100
> Projected employment growth (2016-2026): 13.1%

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30. Marriage and family therapists
> Median annual wage: $48,790
> Typical entry-level education: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 41,500
> Projected employment growth (2016-2026): 23.4%

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29. Graphic designers
> Median annual wage: $48,700
> Typical entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 266,300
> Projected employment growth (2016-2026): 4.2%