2018's best and worst entry-level jobs released by WalletHub

Welding was listed as 2018's worst entry-level job in America by WalletHub. (FILE Photo: Jamie Lusch)

(KUTV) -- Recent college graduates are soon to join the workforce in entry-level positions and a new report by WalletHub outlines the best and worst of the job market.

"What many job-market entrants ultimately seek is a career, not just a job. They want the attractive combination of a high starting salary and high growth for compensation and responsibility." the finance website stated. "They also want stability while doing what they love. The question is how to go about obtaining such things in this über-competitive job market."

WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs after comparing 109 entry-level positions based on 13 key metrics in the first-timer employment landscape.

The data set ranged from median starting salary to projected job growth by 2026 to median tenure with employer. See below for results:

Best Entry-Level Jobs

1. Systems Engineer I

2. Engineer I

3. Electrical Engineer I

4. Hardware Engineer I

5. Web Applications Developer I

6. Health, and Safety Engineer I

7. Electronics Engineer I

8. Certified Nursing Assistant

9. Industrial Engineer I

10. Architect I

Worst Entry-Level Jobs

100. Sheetmetal Mechanic I

101. Refinery Operator I

102. Automotive Mechanic I

103. Aircraft Painter I

104. Building Inspector

105. Tool and Die Maker I

106. Carpenter I

107. Boilermaker I

108. Floor Assembler I

109. Welder I

Additional information from the report included:

• Tax attorneys have the highest median starting salary, $96,247, which is 5.9 times higher than that of a college teaching assistant, the job with the lowest at $16,314.

• Employee-relations specialists have the highest income growth potential, 6.2, which is 3.4 times higher than that of a bank teller, the job with the lowest at 1.8.

• Benefits administrators have the longest median tenure with their employers, 6.3 years, which is two times higher than that of a certified occupational therapist assistant, the job with the shortest at 3.1 years.

• Certified occupational therapist assistants have the highest projected job growth by 2026, 28.9 percent.

• Although web-application developers are among the 10 best entry-level jobs, computer operators have the grimmest job outlook, with 22.8 percent of jobs in the field projected to be cut by 2026.

For the full report, please click here or go to WalletHub.

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