All recent graduates can agree that finding a good job out of the gate is not an easy task. It's not uncommon to find yourself back in your childhood room in your parent's house, working the restaurant job you worked in high school even though you just successfully graduated with a college degree.
It's definitely not the most ideal situation. But even if you find a good entry-level job that will give you the experience you need to add to your resume, most often the salary is pretty dismal. If you're feeling like this in your current work situation, you're definitely not alone.
Start off on the right foot with a great entry-level position that actually pays well! Here's a list of jobs you can start in right now, that have open positions all over the country.
Median Salary: $55,000/year
Copywriters create written content for advertising, marketing, and descriptive texts. A copywriter is responsible for the text on brochures, billboards, websites, advertisements, catalogs, and much more. To become a copywriter you'll most likely need a bachelor's degree, preferably in communication, English, journalism or something similar. The median salary for a copywriter is pretty high, at $55,000 per year with a range of $35,000-$80,000.
Median Salary: $53,000/year
Web designers are in popular demand right now, with the trend towards selling goods and services through the internet and apps. Web designers will develop, design, and code website and apps. It's both a technical and creative job that would require a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or a similar field. The current median salary for web designers is $53,000 per year with a range of $32,300-$80,000 per year.
Median Salary: $66,600
Nurses are in high demand as a huge amount of the population ages. If you went to school to study nursing, you're in a very good position to easily land your first entry-level job with a high paying salary. Nurses are paid a median salary of $66,300 per year with a range of $49,900-$91,700. Even the lowest reported salary is above our cutoff!
Median Salary: $63,400/year
It probably doesn't come as a surprise that financial analysts are big money earners, even in entry-level positions. A financial analyst will most likely work in a bank or an insurance company providing guidance to businesses or individuals making investment decisions. They'll assess stocks, bonds, and other types of investments to provide recommendations on how to invest their money. Financial analysts make a median salary of $63,400 per year with a range of $48,000-$85,000 per year.
Median Salary: $50,000/year
Paralegals work in law firms and they play a key role in assisting their attorneys in preparing for trials, hearings, and closings. Most often they will conduct legal research and gather relevant information for the case. Currently, the median salary for a paralegal is $50,000 per year with a range of $33,000-$75,000 per year.
Median Salary: $45,000/year
Graphic designers create graphics for advertisements, logos, packaging, etc. for organizations and media. Their goal is to captivate, inspire or inform consumers through designs of graphics made by hand or with computer programs. The current median salary for a graphic designer is $45,000 per year with a range of $30,000-$60,000 per year.
Median Salary: $47,800/year
A marketing associate is an entry-level position in a marketing team that will handle responsibilities such as project management, tracking budgets, execute events and quality of products, and much more. The median salary for a marketing associate is currently at $47,800 per year with a range of $32,000-$66,000 per year.
Real Estate Agent
Median Salary: $60,000/year
A real estate agent position is an attractive career for recent graduates because all you need is a license, which isn't too difficult to acquire. They usually receive a small salary and the rest comes from commission so it really is a skill-based job. The current median salary for real estate agents is $60,000 per year with a range of $29,500-$132,000 per year.