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Best and worst entry-level jobs

Looking for an entry-level job? Here’s a look at which ones rank highest for opportunities, growth potential and minimization of hazards, and which ones rank lowest.
(International Business Times)

The best and worst entry-level jobs

Tori Floyd

If you’re a new grad or know someone who is, chances are you’re on the lookout for that dream position: one that pays well, offers flexible working hours, and has plenty of room for upward mobility.

…you probably won’t find that right out of the gate, unsurprisingly. But you will find that some jobs will offer better opportunities than others.

Recently, U.S.-based credit solutions website WalletHub released its annual list of the best and worst entry-level jobs. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, Indeed.com and Salary.com, WalletHub ranked on 12 different factors in three categories:

• ‘Immediate Opportunity’ assessed median starting salary, number of job openings, and unemployment rate.

• Growth Potential’ assessed occupation viability score (the chances of being replaced by a computer), projected job growth, income growth potential, how typical on-the-job training is, median annual salary, median tenure with employer, and occupation schedule flexibility.

• ‘Job Hazards’ assessed fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 employees in the past three years, and the typicality of working more than 40 hours a week.

Each of the 109 jobs included in the study was given points based on their performance compared to that criteria, and ranked within each of the three top-level categories. The jobs also received a total score based on the individual criteria, giving each job a total score out of 100.

Click through to see the 10 highest ranking and 10 lowest ranking entry-level positions based on total score.