These Are the Best, Worst Starting Jobs

Electrical engineers top the list, while welders finish last
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2019 10:40 AM CDT
10 Best, Worst Entry-Level Jobs
Entry-level welding jobs come in last in the ranking.   (Getty/Thossaphol)

Which 2019 college graduates will fare the best in their respective fields? WalletHub has a new ranking of the best and worst entry-level jobs, one that uses various metrics including salary, job openings, and opportunity for growth. In terms of starting salary alone, tax attorneys will do best, but the overall ranking gives the nod to electrical engineers. The specifics:

  • Best 10 overall (out of 109): Electrical engineer; systems engineer; engineer; environmental, health, and safety engineer; hardware engineer; web applications developer; electronics engineer; industrial engineer; architect; and operations research analyst
  • Worst 10 overall: Machinist; sheet-metal mechanic; building inspector; carpenter; aircraft painter; tool and die maker; automotive mechanic; floor assembler; boilermaker; and, coming in dead last, welder
  • 5 best starting salaries: Tax attorney; drilling engineer; attorney; patent attorney; and employment law attorney
  • 5 worst starting salaries: Floor assembler; network service representative; certified nursing assistant (nursing home); teller; and teaching assistant (college)
Click for the full rankings and more breakdowns. (More lists stories.)

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