The best (and worst) entry-level jobs
College graduates will soon be flooding the market with big dreams and high expectations. Most of them will quickly discover that finding employment is no small task. In search of answers and actionable information for the Class of 2018, WalletHub compared 109 entry-level positions based on 13 key metrics.
"What many job-market entrants ultimately seek is a career, not just a job. They want the attractive combination of a high starting salary and high growth for compensation and responsibility." the finance website stated. "They also want stability while doing what they love. The question is how to go about obtaining such things in this über-competitive job market."
Best Entry-Level Jobs
1. Systems Engineer
3. Electrical Engineer
4. Hardware Engineer
5. Web Applications Developer
6. Health, and Safety Engineer
7. Electronics Engineer
8. Certified Nursing Assistant
9. Industrial Engineer
10. Architect I
Worst Entry-Level Jobs
100. Sheetmetal Mechanic
101. Refinery Operator
102. Automotive Mechanic
103. Aircraft Painter
104. Building Inspector
105. Tool and Die Maker
108. Floor Assembler
Additional information from the report included:
• Tax attorneys have the highest median starting salary, $96,247, which is 5.9 times higher than that of a college teaching assistant, the job with the lowest at $16,314.
• 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 therapist assistant, the job with the shortest at 3.1 years.
• Certified occupational therapist assistants have the highest projected job growth by 2026, 28.9 percent.
• Although web-application developers are among the 10 best entry-level jobs, computer operators have the grimmest job outlook, with 22.8 percent of jobs in the field projected to be cut by 2026.