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Another class of college seniors will be graduating in just a couple of weeks and entering the workforce, with many likely taking entry level jobs in order to work their way up to their dream gig. But the truth is, not all entry-level jobs are equal. While some have great starting salaries, others pay you next to nothing, and while others will give you plenty of responsibility, some may just have you pushing papers.

So, what are the best entry-level jobs out there?

  • Well, WalletHub set out to discover just that, comparing 108 entry-level positions based on 12 key metrics
  • Those include average starting salary, projected job growth by 2029, median tenure with employer and more.
  • Topping the list is a Systems Engineer, which earns a total score of 75.08 out of 100, landing at two for immediate job opportunity.
  • In fact, Engineers in general seem to be a good career move, with the six of the Top Ten spots going to some sort of engineering position.
  • Employment Attorney, which ranks 27th overall, is tops for growth potential, while a Technical Writer is the best job if you’re worried about job hazards.

Top Ten Best Entry-Level Jobs

  1. Systems Engineer
  2. Engineer
  3. Web Applications Developer
  4. Environmental Health and Safety Engineer
  5. Hardware Engineer
  6. Certified Nursing Assistant – Nursing Home Salaries
  7. Electronics Engineer
  8. Electrical Engineer
  9. Operations Research Analyst
  10. Programmer
  • On the flipside, Welder ranks dead last on the list, earning only a 27.18 out of 100, and ranking 100 for both job hazards and growth potential.

Ten Worst Entry-Level Jobs

  1. Welder
  2. Boilermaker
  3. Floor Assembler
  4. Refinery Operator
  5. Building Inspector
  6. Carpenter
  7. Sheetmetal Mechanic
  8. Emergency Dispatcher
  9. Aircraft Painter
  10. Mechanical Drafter

Click here to see the complete list.

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