Taking stock of the first-timer employment landscape, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 100 different types of entry-level positions based on 12 key metrics.
The data set ranges from median starting salary to projected job growth by 2024 to median tenure with employer.
Best Entry-Level Jobs
Worst Entry-Level Jobs
|1.||Engineer I||100.||Sheetmetal Mechanic I|
|2.||Systems Engineer I||101.||Machinist I|
|3.||Architect I||102.||Carpenter I|
|4.||Web Applications Developer I||103.||Aircraft Painter I|
|5.||Electrical Engineer I||104.||Automotive Mechanic I|
|6.||Safety Representative I||105.||Tool and Die Maker I|
|7.||Training Specialist I||106.||Plumber I|
|8.||Software Engineer I||107.||Boilermaker I|
|9.||Electronics Engineer I||108.||Floor Assembler I|
|10.||Chemical Engineer I||109.||Welder I|
Best vs. Worst
- Tax attorneys have the highest median starting salary, $93,899, which is 5.8 times higher than that of a college teaching assistant, the job with the lowest at $16,077.
- Employee-relations specialists have the highest income growth potential, 6.2, which is 3.4 times higher than that of a bank teller, the job with the lowest at 1.8.
- Benefits administrators have the longest median tenure with their employers, 6.3 years, which is two times higher than that of a certified occupational-therapy assistant, the job with the shortest at 3.1 years.
- Certified occupational-therapy assistants have the highest projected job growth by 2024, 42.7 percent.
- Although web-application developers and software engineers are among the 10 best entry-level jobs, computer operators have the grimmest job outlook, with 19 percent of jobs in the field projected to be cut by 2024.
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