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2019’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs


With graduation season nearly upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs as well as accompanying videos.

To take stock of the first-timer employment landscape, WalletHub compared more than 100 different types of entry-level positions based on 13 key metrics. The data set ranges from median starting salary to projected job growth by 2026 to median tenure with employer.
Best Entry-Level Jobs

Best Entry-Level Jobs Worst Entry-Level Jobs
1. Electrical Engineer I 100. Machinist I
2. Systems Engineer I 101. Sheetmetal Mechanic I
3. Engineer I 102. Building Inspector
4. Env., Health, and Safety Engineer I 103. Carpenter I
5. Hardware Engineer I 104. Aircraft Painter I
6. Web Applications Developer I 105. Tool and Die Maker I
7. Electronics Engineer I 106. Automotive Mechanic I
8. Industrial Engineer I 107. Floor Assembler I
9. Architect I 108. Boilermaker I
10. Operations Research Analyst I 109. Welder I

Best vs. WorstTax attorneys have the highest average starting salary, $97,559, which is 5.9 times higher than that of a college teaching assistant, the job with the lowest at $16,622.

Employee-relations specialists have the highest income growth potential, 6.4, which is 3.6 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, 6.4 years, which is 2.1 times higher than that of a certified occupational therapist assistant, the job with the shortest at 3.0 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.

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