2016’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs
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2016’s Best & worst entry-level jobs

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With graduation season nearly upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2016’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs.

Taking stock of the first-timer employment landscape, WalletHub’s analysts compared 109 different types of entry-level positions based on 11 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. 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


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Comparing the Best & Worst

  • 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.

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