2016’s Best and Worst Entry-Level Jobs

When I graduated, I thought the world was an oyster and I was the pearl. However, finding employment wasn’t as easy and it got pretty rough. What many graduates seek is a career and not just a job. We can take a temporary job here and there until we find the best opportunity that suits each individual. Ideally we want a high starting salary and the potential to move up, grow, learn and accumulate responsibility.

WalletHub‘s analysts compared 109 entry-level positions based on 11 key metrics to decide and rank what the best and worst jobs are. Their data ranges from “median starting salary” to “projected job growth by 2024” to “median tenure with employer”.

 

Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs 2016 Artwork
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Overall Rank Job Type Total Score ‘Immediate Opportunity’ Rank ‘Growth Potential’ Rank ‘Job Hazards’ Rank
1 Engineer I 69.67 5 25 38
2 Systems Engineer I 68.73 3 50 38
3 Safety Representative I 66.80 1 67 56
4 Web Applications Developer I 63.85 20 13 18
5 Env., Health, and Safety Engineer I 63.54 10 23 38
6 Electrical Engineer I 61.75 14 43 36
7 Safety Technician I 61.58 6 38 61
8 Software Engineer I 60.98 4 26 79
9 Training Specialist I 60.61 2 42 80
10 Architect I 60.39 16 15 57
11 Designer I – Web 59.90 40 13 16
12 Electronics Engineer I 59.88 22 39 36
13 Chemical Engineer I 59.54 28 19 38
14 Certified Nursing Assistant – Nursing Home Salaries 58.92 25 56 24
15 Aerospace Engineer I 58.07 33 29 38
16 Industrial Engineer I 57.80 27 50 38
17 Attorney I 57.76 9 1 93
18 Consumer Loan Officer I 57.60 50 28 8
19 Writer I – Web 57.09 70 11 25
20 Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant 56.71 42 46 27
21 Financial Analyst I 56.54 7 22 69
22 Network Engineer I 56.51 8 16 75
23 Secretary I 56.34 13 97 4
24 Biomedical Engineer I 56.17 68 12 38
25 Geophysicist I 55.96 39 35 51
26 Tax Attorney I 55.61 18 1 93
27 Market Research Analyst I 55.59 51 54 20
28 Benefits Analyst I 54.80 26 81 20
29 Systems Administrator I 54.42 11 33 75
30 Employee Relations Specialist I 54.37 66 53 20
31 Patent Attorney I 54.14 23 1 93
32 Programmer I 54.07 36 76 18
33 Employment Law Attorney I 54.05 24 1 93
34 Credit Analyst I 53.89 29 83 8
35 Underwriter (Life) I 52.94 41 78 8
36 Industrial Designer I 52.92 63 64 28
37 Claims Adjuster I 52.77 46 74 35
38 Systems Engineering Technician I 52.77 47 72 45
39 Chemist I 52.59 65 45 50
40 Interior Designer I 52.53 86 52 28
41 Mechanical Engineer I 52.42 12 41 92
42 Hardware Engineer I 52.13 15 27 88
43 Materials Engineer I 52.00 17 20 88
44 Budget Analyst I 51.87 21 107 8
45 Consumer Credit Analyst I 51.85 44 83 8
46 Chemical Technician I 51.39 72 65 30
47 Microbiologist I 51.31 90 30 54
48 Geologist I 51.21 91 35 51
49 Operations Research Analyst I 51.14 45 6 74
50 Landscape Architect I 50.65 79 32 57
51 Environmental Engineering Technician I 49.95 88 69 30
52 Database Administrator I 49.94 31 24 75
53 Biologist I 49.79 83 62 54
54 Computer Operator I 49.60 54 95 1
55 Industrial Engineering Technician I 49.30 87 72 45
56 Network Service Representative I 49.27 80 79 16
57 Information Security Analyst I 48.98 30 21 87
58 Technical Writer I 48.90 57 77 53
59 Accounting Clerk I 48.61 52 106 13
60 Geotechnical Engineer I 48.23 53 9 88
61 General Maintenance Worker I 48.16 62 57 63
62 New Accounts Representative I 47.95 35 108 5
63 Mechanical Engineering Technician I 47.87 84 80 30
64 Mine Engineer I 47.73 61 9 88
65 Technical Librarian I 47.72 69 88 34
66 Civil Engineer I 47.53 32 37 98
67 Environmental Engineer I 47.52 38 18 99
68 Network Planning Analyst I 47.50 49 34 75
69 Buyer I 47.26 43 44 80
70 Records Clerk 46.83 96 89 5
71 Teaching Assistant (College) 46.65 95 87 23
72 Installation & Maintenance Technician I 46.38 64 48 65
73 Telecommunications Technician I 46.25 67 31 66
74 Electrician I 45.82 104 5 66
75 Accountant I 45.47 19 90 69
76 Benefits Administrator I 45.06 37 61 97
77 Payroll Clerk 45.01 93 105 14
78 Civil Engineering Technician I 45.00 81 100 45
79 Electrical Engineering Technician I 44.91 77 104 45
80 Architectural Drafter I 44.81 94 96 30
81 Logistics Analyst I 44.47 60 58 80
82 Mechanical Drafter I 44.38 89 101 45
83 Policy Processing Clerk 43.89 100 98 1
84 Claims Processing Clerk 43.72 102 98 1
85 Electric/Electronics Technician I 43.49 85 86 59
86 Public Relations Specialist I 43.19 73 55 85
87 Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk I 43.13 101 103 5
88 Environmental Planner I 42.92 34 68 101
89 Logistics Clerk 42.85 78 58 80
90 Electronics Assembler I 42.44 103 102 26
91 Sheetmetal Mechanic I 42.12 108 40 60
92 Financial Reporting Accountant I 40.75 48 90 69
93 Computer Numeric Control Machine Programmer I 40.72 82 17 103
94 Refinery Operator I 40.65 107 60 62
95 Building Inspector 40.29 105 66 64
96 Teller I 39.94 99 109 14
97 Cost Accountant I 39.88 55 90 69
98 Tax Accountant I 39.79 56 90 69
99 Aircraft Painter I 39.10 74 82 84
100 Drilling Engineer I 38.24 75 8 106
101 Machinist I 38.21 97 63 100
102 Emergency Dispatcher 38.09 98 75 86
103 Automotive Mechanic I 37.33 59 71 104
104 Tool and Die Maker I 37.14 58 85 102
105 Carpenter I 34.86 71 47 106
106 Boilermaker I 34.21 76 49 106
107 Plumber I 33.95 106 7 105
108 Floor Assembler I 33.36 109 70 66
109 Welder I 26.99 92 94 106