Jun 2, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Recent graduate?  Looking for a job?  Apply now.

According to LinkedIn data from 2016, most college graduates who apply for jobs and get hired apply between April and June.

More than 10 percent of graduates earned job offers to positions to which they applied in June 2016. 

Here’s the bad news: when summer ends, your chances of success decrease.

Where should you look?  New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago are in the top ten.  If you’re looking for other options, you may want to consider some other hotspots for young professionals, too, like Minneapolis, Austin, and Tampa.   

What do starting salaries look like?  Pretty good, if you’re a physical therapist, which starts at $70,000 for a median salary and has a high need.  Software engineers come in at a higher salary of $80,0000.  Pilots fly high at a median salary of $70,000.  Interested in UX—or User Experience—work?  Starting salaries are also around $70,000.

The highest paying entry level positions?  Investment banking analysts command $105,000 a year for a median income—and hardware engineers aren’t too far behind at $90,000.  

If you haven’t applied yet, don’t worry—but don’t wait too long.  Get your applications out there, start interviewing and go get that first job!

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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