Systems Engineer Ranked as the Best Entry-Level Job in U.S.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Business Team

With thousands of students set to graduate college in just a matter of weeks entry-level jobs will be a premium.

For Massachusetts residents, the study comes just days after the state announced that it gained 4,700 jobs in the month of March. 

“Finding employment is no small task. And 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. 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,” said WalletHub.

WalletHub has put together a list of the best and worst entry-level jobs.

See the Jobs Below

Best Entry-Level Jobs                 Worst Entry-Level Jobs
1. Systems Engineer I                   100. Sheetmetal Mechanic I  
2. Engineer I                                  101. Refinery Operator I  
3. Electrical Engineer I                  102. Automotive Mechanic I  
4. Hardware Engineer I                 103. Aircraft Painter I  
5. Web Applications Developer I   104. Building Inspector  
6. Health, and Safety Engineer I   105. Tool and Die Maker I  
7. Electronics Engineer I               106. Carpenter I  
8. Certified Nursing Assistant       107. Boilermaker I  
9. Industrial Engineer I                  108. Floor Assembler I  
10. Architect I                                109. Welder I


The Method

In order to identify the best and worst first-timer jobs, WalletHub compared 109 entry-level occupations across three key dimensions: 1) Immediate Opportunity, 2) Growth Potential and 3) Job Hazards.

They evaluated those dimensions using 13 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for entry-level workers.

WalletHub then determined each entry-level position’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

Immediate Opportunity - Total Points: 40

  • Median Starting Salary: Full Weight (~13.33 Points)
  • Number of Job Openings: Full Weight (~13.33 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~13.33 Points)


Growth Potential - Total Points: 40

  • Occupation Viability Score: Triple Weight (~12.63 Points)
  • Projected Job Growth by 2026: Full Weight (~4.21 Points)
  • Income Growth Potential: Full Weight (~4.21 Points)
  • Typicality of On-the-Job Training: Full Weight (~4.21 Points)
  • Median Annual Salary: Full Weight (~4.21 Points)
  • Work Experience in Related Occupation Needed: Full Weight (~4.71 Points)
  • Median Tenure with Employer: Half Weight (~2.11 Points)
  • Occupation Schedule Flexibility: Full Weight (~4.21 Points)


Job Hazards - Total Points: 20

  • Fatal Occupational Injuries per 100,000 Employees in Past Three Years: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Typicality of Working More than 40 Hours per Week: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)


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