It’s becoming more and more common for college underclassmen to be unsure of their intended profession. In fact, between 30 and 40 percent of American incoming college freshmen are unsure of their major when they enroll. Furthermore, approximately 75 percent of college students change their majors at least once. Many underclassmen don’t fully understand which types of skills they must augment in order to be successful in particular professions. On top of this, it’s becoming more commonplace for college students to utilize student loans which only piles debt on top of students. For these reasons, I have organized a list of noteworthy entry level jobs. I consider these entry level jobs noteworthy because the job market for these positions is expected to recover in the next few years and the compensation level for these positions is particularly high.
Assistant Actuarial Analyst
This job is classified in the field of insurance. An assistant actuarial analyst uses statistics to calculate the cost of claims associated with injury, death, property damage or illness in order to help decide what the policy holder’s premium should be. Strong computer skills and a bachelor’s degree will pave the way for a successful job search for this position. An assistant actuarial analyst should expect to earn approximately $54,000 per year.
This job requires one to draft, plan and manage the construction of the infrastructure necessary for cities to function. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a 24 percent employment increase for civil engineers between 2008 and 2018. Most civil engineer entry level jobs require a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Also, the median salary for this position is $77,560 per year.
Market Research Analyst
People involved in this field conduct research to determine what types of products are desired by certain types of people and how much these people are willing to pay for them. With just a bachelor’s degree you could hold this position and earn approximately $60,570 per year.
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Communication skills are essential for a job seeker looking for an entry level pharmaceutical sales representative position. People involved in this business are responsible for increasing pharmaceutical companies’ product awareness as well as increasing product sales. Pharmaceutical sales representatives predominantly present their products to hospital personnel, doctors, staff members of retirement homes, and pharmacists. You’re going to need a bachelor’s degree if wish to become a pharmaceutical sales representative. The median salary for an entry level sales representative is $51,000. However, with only five years of experience one may earn up to six figures.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Analyst
Those who pursue this profession must have exceptional analysis skills and a deep understanding of marketing. A search engine optimization analyst is responsible for making sure a company’s website is displayed near the top of the first page when a web surfer conducts a search on a search engine. An SEO analyst is required to analyze web users’ online habits in order to make marketing and web design decisions. A job seeker in this line of work is typically granted a salary of $44,000 per year.
This is not the most glamorous position but it is extremely crucial in nearly every industry. A logistician is held responsible for the complete life cycle of a product, from acquisition to the final disposal of resources. A logistician should have polished skills in the fields of business, supply-chain management and logistics. A logistician should anticipate a salary of approximately $70,800.
SOURCES: AOL Jobs, The Best Schools, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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