Consult This List Of The Best And Worst Entry Level Jobs Before Taking A New Position


Remember the Drake tune “Started From The Bottom Now We Here“?

If you don’t, the moral of the lyrics is that everyone has to start from the bottom, no matter the industry.

Entry-level is typically the bottom in any company – unless the organization has an internship program – so starting at the bottom is necessary to climb to the top.

However, there are some industries where the bottom is just plain awful, and the climb to the top could take decades.

Whether you’re graduating college this spring or embarking on a new career, this breakdown by WalletHub of the best and worst entry-level jobs for 2023 is a must-read.

“Graduation season is a time of big dreams and high pressure for soon-to-be job seekers across the country.

But finding employment is no small task, especially in the wake of everything that has happened in the last few years, where recent graduates face a far higher unemployment rate than the overall population.

In addition, many job-market entrants ultimately seek a career, not just a job.

They want the attractive combination of a high starting salary and high growth for compensation and responsibility. They also want stability while doing what they love.

The question is how to go about obtaining such things in this ├╝ber-competitive job market.”

WalletHub evaluated 108 entry-level positions based on three key dimensions:

  • Immediate Opportunity
  • Growth Potential
  • Job Hazards

The data set ranges from average starting salary to projected job growth by 2029 to median tenure with an employer.

Here are the top ten best entry-level jobs of 2022

  1. Systems Engineer I
  2. Engineer I
  3. Web Applications Developer I
  4. Env., Health, and Safety Engineer I
  5. Hardware Engineer I
  6. Certified Nursing Assistant
  7. Electronics Engineer I
  8. Electrical Engineer I
  9. Operations Research Analyst I
  10. Programmer I

Here are the ten worst entry-level jobs of 2022

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

Best vs. Worst

  • Tax attorneys have the highest average starting salary, $101,034, which is 5.9 times higher than that of a college teaching assistant, the job with the lowest at $17,191.
  • Employee-relations specialists have the highest income growth potential, 6.59, which is 3.9 times higher than that of a bank teller, the job with the lowest at 1.67.
  • Benefits administrators, attorneys, employment law attorneys, patent attorneys, and tax attorneys have the longest median tenure with their employers, 5.80 years, which is 2.1 times higher than that of a certified occupational therapist assistant, the job with the shortest at 2.80 years.
  • Certified occupational therapist assistants have the highest projected job growth by 2029, 34.60 percent.
  • Certified nursing assistant, college teaching assistant, accountant, consumer credit analyst, and financial analyst and are among the jobs with the lowest unemployment rate, 3.70 percent, which is 5.2 times lower than that of refinery operator and drilling engineer, the jobs with the highest at 19.30 percent.

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Chris Illuminati

Chris Illuminati is the author of five books and has written about personal finance, wealth, debt management, and entrepreneurship for numerous outlets including Wise Bread, Grow or Die, and Bankrate.