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LIST: Best and worst entry-level jobs

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 19:35:06-04

Graduation season is almost here. Hundreds of thousands of twenty-somethings will be ditching their dorm rooms and heading out into the real world.

The working world.

Personal finance website WalletHub compiled a list of the best and worst entry-level jobs.

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers overwhelmingly dominated the list for best, with Engineer I taking the top spot.  However, the best job doesn't equate to the highest paying. Tax attorneys have the highest median starting salary at $92,148, drilling engineers have the highest median annual salary at $129,990. 

Want to be a drilling engineer because of the salary?  It lands near the bottom of the list because of other factors like a low number of job openings, unemployment rate and health risks, with 10 on-the-job fatalities per 100,000 employees over the past three years.  

According to the study, the outlook for bank tellers is grim.  Bank tellers have the lowest income growth potential and the lowest median starting salary at $15,792.

Researchers took a number of metrics into account including starting salary, number of jobs open, on the job training, among others.  

10 best entry level jobs:

Engineer I
Systems engineer I
Safety representative I
Web applications developer I
Environment, health and safety engineer I
Electrical engineer I
Safety technician I
Software engineer I
Training specialist I
Architect I

10 worst entry level jobs:

Drilling engineer I
Machinist I
Emergency dispatcher
Automotive mechanic I
Tool and die maker I
Carpenter I
Boilermaker I
Plumber I
Floor assembler I
Welder I

To read the complete list, click here.