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October 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

New app, report point to career options for recent grads

Screenshot of the JA Build Your Future iPhone app

Screenshot of the JA Build Your Future iPhone app

Junior Achievement, the nonprofit that educates students about workforce readiness, has teamed up with the global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to offer a free phone app that helps students learn about career options.

The app, JA Build Your Future, gives information about more than 100 different careers, and shows users the level of education they’ll need to get a job in that field, how much that education will likely cost, and how much they’ll make when they get a job.

At the end of the exercise, teens get a “return on investment” score that tells them if they’ll be able to pay off the debt accrued to earn the education needed based on future income.

Android users can download the app here, and iPhone users can find it here.

But if you want to try an old-school approach to finding a job that pays, you might want to take a look at this recently-released University of California-San Diego Extension report, which considers the hottest careers right for mid-career and recent college grads.

The number-one career? Software developers.

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