- Houston, TX
Average Starting Salary: $44,100
Job-Growth Rank: 3
Population in 20s: 22%
High-energy costs are creating a huge demand for science and technical degrees. Other key industries include technology and shipping.
2. Fort Worth - Dallas, TX
Average Starting Salary: $41,000
Job-Growth Rank: 5
Population in 20s: 23%
If you know how to find and drill oil, there's likely a job for you in Texas. Other key industries include technology and banking.
3. Austin, TX
Average Starting Salary: $38,700
Job-Growth Rank: 4
Population in 20s: 26%
Austin has recently enjoyed a boom in tech companies like 3M, Advanced Micro Devices and Intel, but Dell has long been headquartered in the capital. Bonus: the city's labor force tends to weather recessions well. Other big employers are the state government and University of Texas.