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2017’s Best and Worst Entry-Level Jobs


It’s been a rough year so far. But hopefully things are looking up for all the recent graduates out there. This is the part where you realise your best professional connections are all the mates you made at uni. Hopefully you didn’t burn too many bridges getting that A. The A is ephemeral, but the relationships you make can give you a massive leg up in the job finding game.

Last year we took a look at at the best and worst entry jobs of 2016, now it’s time for a revisit to see how the economy has shifted in the last year.

Wallethub’s analytics team is back at it again comparing 109 different entry level positions based on 12 different metrics to determine the best and worst. It looks like engineers have it in the bag again this year, with Architects making massive strides up to 3rd place from last years 10th place.

Welders make it at the bottom of the stack once again along with floor assemblers. Plumbers get a slight raise, although it could be that boilermakers have just gotten it worse.

Check out the top and bottom tens below. It should be noted that this is representing the American job market, so take it with a grain of salt, kiwis.

Top Jobs of 2017

Overall Rank Job Type Total Score ‘Immediate Opportunity’ Rank ‘Growth Potential’ Rank ‘Job Hazards’ Rank
1 Engineer 75.08 5 20 40
2 Systems Engineer 74.89 3 32 40
3 Architect 70.46 7 9 56
4 Web Applications Developer 68.11 21 15 22
5 Electrical Engineer 67.28 14 38 38
6 Safety Representative 67.11 1 57 60
7 Training Specialist 66.76 2 26 80
8 Software Engineer 66.45 4 22 79
9 Electronics Engineer 65.74 23 24 38
10 Chemical Engineer 65.11 31 13 40

Worst Entry Level Jobs of 2017

100 Sheetmetal Mechanic I 37.65 108 76 58
101 Machinist I 35.78 95 78 98
102 Carpenter I 35.32 22 72 103
103 Aircraft Painter I 35.13 90 97 84
104 Automotive Mechanic I 34.43 75 75 102
105 Tool and Die Maker I 32.68 74 98 100
106 Plumber I 32.10 107 52 103
107 Boilermaker I 30.64 93 71 103
108 Floor Assembler I 30.43 109 87 65
109 Welder I 26.31 72 100 103
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