In the working world, no matter how much things change, one old adage holds true: Everyone has to start somewhere. Entry-level jobs can be a mixed bag, and with that in mind, the website WalletHub decided to look at 109 different professions and rank them according to 11 metrics. These included starting salary, projected income and job growth, and the potential for physical injury. The result: 2015’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs.
The list will come in handy for the millions of students getting ready to graduate this spring and take their first jobs. These individuals may face an uphill battle, as WalletHub reports that the youth unemployment rate stands at 13.9 percent. What’s more, 34 percent of milennials live at home.
Complicating things further is the fact that, as WalletHub’s John Kiernan writes, milennials aren’t simply looking for “jobs.” They want “careers,” and there’s a big difference.
“We want the attractive combination of a high starting salary and growth potential in terms of compensation as well as responsibility,” Kiernan writes. “We want stability, and we want to do what we love. The question is how to go about obtaining such things in this uber-competitive job market.”
So what jobs should new grads consider? The list of the 10 best entry-level jobs, as rated by WalletHub, is available below. As Forbes points out, it’s “dominated by IT and engineering roles,” but those aren’t the only types of jobs worth pursuing. Tax Attorney, for example, doesn’t show up in the overall top 10, but it tops the list of entry-level jobs with the highest starting salaries.
In terms of projected job growth between now and 2022, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant is the best bet, WalletHub’s data suggests. Other fields expected to experience strong growth over the next seven years include Information Security Analyst, Market Research Assistant, Computer Numeric Control Machine Programmer, and Operations Research Analyst.
The 10 Best Entry-Level Jobs of 2015
1. Training Specialist
2. Web Applications Developer
3. Network Engineer
5. Environmental Engineer
6. Software Engineer
7. Designer – Web
8. Information Security Analyst
9. Financial Analyst