The ideal entry-level jobs offer more than high starting salaries, income growth and career growth potential.
They’re also at a low risk of being computerized, present little risk of fatal injury, and do not require workweeks of more than 40 hours, according to WalletHub, which recently analyzed the pros and cons of 109 entry-level jobs.
For example, the best-ranked job on the list, training specialist, has more job openings than all but three others (engineer, systems engineer and software engineer).
“Jobs in the tech field, like network engineers, tend to be higher up the list. Clerical and manufacturing jobs are near the bottom,” WalletHub spokesperson Jill Gonzalez tells CBS MoneyWatch.
WalletHub’s rankings take into consideration immediate opportunities (including job openings and unemployment rates), growth prospects and hardships. They’re based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, Indeed.com and Salary.com.
CBS compiled statistics on some of the top entry-level jobs:
- Starting salary: $47,621
- Median salary: $55,930
- Requirements: College degree, strong communication skills
Web applications developer
- Starting salary; $54,586
- Average salary: $59,000
- Requirements: Know developer languages like PHP and HTML, preferably experience in the field or a degree in Web design (due to competitive market)
- Starting salary: $61,744
- Average salary for senior employees: $91,982
- Requirements: Typically a degree in computer science or related fields
- Starting salary: $83,907
- Average salary: $133,470
- Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, law degree, pass state bar exam
- Starting salary: $57,266
- Average salary: $86,340
- Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or related fields like civil engineering
Other top entry-level jobs include:
- Software engineer
- Information security analyst
- Financial analyst
The worst out of 109 entry-level jobs analyzed by WalletHub are:
- Building inspector
- Policy processing clerk
- Electronics assembler
- Claims processing clerk
- Consumer loan servicing clerk
- Refinery operator
- Sheet metal mechanic
- Floor assembler
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