Ranked: Best and Worst Entry-Level Jobs
With graduation season upon us, the resumes are printed and ready to be sent. Our friends over at WalletHub have compiled a new list of the nation's best and worst entry-level jobs out there. 109 different types of entry-level positions were surveyed based on 11 key metrics.
The ranking is based on "media starting salary" as well as projected job growth.
|Best Entry-Level Jobs||Worst Entry-Level Jobs|
|1.||Engineer I||100.||Drilling Engineer I|
|2.||Systems Engineer I||101.||Machinist I|
|3.||Safety Representative I||102.||Emergency Dispatcher|
|4.||Web Applications Developer I||103.||Automotive Mechanic I|
|5.||Env., Health, and Safety Engineer I||104.||Tool and Die Maker I|
|6.||Electrical Engineer I||105.||Carpenter I|
|7.||Safety Technician I||106.||Boilermaker I|
|8.||Software Engineer I||107.||Plumber I|
|9.||Training Specialist I||108.||Floor Assembler I|
|10.||Architect I||109.||Welder I|
Tax attorneys have the highest median starting salary, $92,148, which is six times higher than that of a teaching assistant (college), the job with the lowest, $15,792.
Employee relations specialists have the highest income growth potential, 6.1, which is three times higher than that of a bank teller, the job with the lowest, 1.81.
Drilling engineers have the highest median annual salary, $129,990, which is five times higher than that of a bank teller, the job with the lowest, $26,410.
Benefits administrators have the highest median tenure with their employers, 6.9 years, which is two times higher than that of an industrial designer, interior designer, public relation specialist, technical writer and web writer, the jobs with the lowest, 3.4 years.
Certified occupational-therapy assistants have the highest projected job growth by 2024: 42.7 percent.
Although web application developers, web designers, software engineers, operations research analysts and programmers are all 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.