04/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Financial Analyst Is Top Job For '08 Grads

Once summer is in sight, students everywhere spend less time outlining their research papers and more time planning their summer vacations. The annual exception is, of course, the class of graduating seniors, whose commencement pushes them into the mythic "real world." They spend the last few weeks of the semester ensuring they can walk across the stage and deciding what they will do that next day.

Luckily, employers are ready to hire and looking to woo them with signing bonuses and higher starting salaries than in years past, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employees. Among the most sought-after graduates are those who majored in business, finance and information technology.

We analyzed this information and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the industries doing the most hiring and expecting the most job growth. Here are 10 of the best jobs for the graduating class of 2008:

1. Financial analyst
Major: Business administration
Median annual salary: $66,590*
Projected job growth: 34 percent
Jobs created: 75,000

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