Numbers every college graduate should know before living in Boston

A Berklee College of Music graduate waves during commencement ceremonies.
A Berklee College of Music graduate waves during commencement ceremonies. –Michael Dwyer/ AP

Graduating seniors are notorious for freaking out about the future, but if you’re leaving college this year, the numbers are (mostly) in your favor, especially if you’re hoping to land a job in the Bay State.

First, there’s the national outlook.

5 million

The number of job openings nationwide, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the end of March.

16 percent

The amount hiring of new degree holders is expected to jump in 2014-15, according to a survey by Michigan State University, a much bigger increase than previous years.

The numbers bode well closer to home, too.



The number of jobs companies in Greater Boston have added in the past year, according to The Boston Globe.


Massachusetts’s ranking in a list of states with the best online college labor markets, made by Georgetown University. The study found 63 percent of online job ads are seeking college graduates.


The median salary you can expect to make in Massachusetts with a bachelors degree in computer engineering, according to Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

The Economic Value of College Majors’’ explored how much on average each college major (for undergraduate and graduate education) will make. On the other end of the spectrum, if you have a bachelors degree in early childhood education you might make the median wage of $41,000 in Massachusetts.

But work opportunities and salary aren’t the only things that make a place livable for new grads. Here are some other factors.


Boston’s ranking in’s list of the best places for post-grads to live. The ranking took into account some employment numbers, but also considered percentage of young people, and rent prices.


The median rent for a one-bedroom in Boston, according to Zumper’s national rent report for April 2015. This is one number that might not be very encouraging to new graduates. Boston ranked as the third priciest city on Zumper’s list. If roommates are more your style, put the median two-bedroom rent in Boston at just under $4,500.

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