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The Best And Worst Entry Level Jobs For 2018

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Jul. 10 2018, Published 3:27 a.m. ET

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Somehow graduation season is just around the corner which means there will be a whole slew of new people applying for entry-level jobs.

So which entry-level jobs will help you pay your student loans a bit faster? WalletHub compared more than 100 different types of entry-level positions based on 13 key metrics to compile 2018’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs.

The dataset ranges from median starting salary to projected job growth by 2026 to median tenure with the employer. Check out the full report here.

Check out the best and worst entry-level jobs of 2018:

Best entry-level jobs

10. Architect

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9. Industrial engineer

8. Certified nursing assistant

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7. Electronics engineer

6. Health, and safety engineer

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5. Web applications developer

4. Hardware engineer

3. Electrical engineer

2. Engineer

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1. Systems engineer

Worst entry-level jobs

10. Sheet metal mechanic

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9. Refinery operator

8. Automotive mechanic

7. Aircraft painter

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6. Building inspector

5. Tool and die maker

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4. Carpenter

3. Boilermaker

2. Floor Assembler

1. Welder

Some other interesting findings from the study included:

  • Tax attorneys have the highest median starting salary, $96,247, which is 5.9 times higher than that of a college teaching assistant, the job with the lowest at $16,314.
  • Employee-relations specialists have the highest income growth potential, 6.2, which is 3.4 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, 6.3 years, which is two times higher than that of a certified occupational therapist assistant, the job with the shortest at 3.1 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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