What Are The Best And Worst Entry-Level Jobs?

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What do you look for when you're looking for your first job? Growth potential? A high starting salary? Fancy snacks in the break room? There are dozens of factors that determine whether an entry-level position will prove to be a path toward a long-term career or just a ticket back to the job boards in six months, and getting a handle on them isn't always so easily--especially for the recent college grad just starting to feel their way into the working world.

Fortunately, WalletHub heard the cries of this month's graduating seniors, and responded with an exhaustive study of the best and worst entry-level jobs now hiring. Taking stock of salary, growth rate, and other key metrics, the study paints a helpful picture for graduates looking to explore a given industry.

So, what are the "best" jobs? Web Applications Developer and Information Security Analyst nabbed the top two spots, while Web Designer and Attorney tied for the third.

The number-one job should come as little surprise to anyone keeping track of the tech industry (or simply the way we live today). Our reliance on apps has made developers as in-demand as switchboard operators in the pre-digital era--and the pay is infinitely better.

"Look for industries that are growing and developing and on a long-term trajectory (even if there's a slight dip now). This would include healthcare, technology, and service fields like the travel industry and personal services," said Kate Brooks, Executive Director of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. "Most fields are rapidly changing due to technology, so if you have the skills to combine a tech background with a field (for instance, higher ed has been and will continue to be rapidly influenced by new technology) that's the way to go."

What about the jobs that didn't receive such high marks? Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk took the title of "worst" entry-level job, due in large part to its low growth-potential and high level of difficulty. The second-lowest job, Boilermaker, also appeared on a list of the most dangerous jobs included in the study.

WalletHub considered several other categories, including highest starting salaries (Tax Attorney), Most Income Growth Potential (Employee Relations Specialist), and fastest projected job growth by 2022 (Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant)--as well as their converses (Policy Processing Clerk, Claims Processing Clerk, and Refinery Operator, respectively). Check out the results of the study below.

Best Entry-Level Jobs
1. Web Applications Developer I
2. Information Security Analyst I
T-3. Designer I - Web
T-4. Attorney I
5. Software Engineer I
6. Financial Analyst I
7. Market Research Analyst I
8. Network Engineer I
9. Training Specialist I
10. Programmer I

Worst Entry-Level Jobs
1. Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk I
2. Boilermaker I
3. Claims Processing Clerk
4. Electronics Assembler I
5. Architectural Drafter I
6. Floor Assembler I
7. Welder I
8. Teller I
9. Tool and Die Maker I
10. Policy Processing Clerk

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