If you’re not interviewing with a company on campus looking to hire upcoming grads, how do you know what jobs are entry level? This is the challenge we hear repeatedly from recent graduates. Couple that with job descriptions that always require experience and it’s no wonder there is such a high unemployment rate among recent high school and college graduates.
CareerFuel found 12 high-paying entry-level jobs to consider, requiring 0-2 years of experience. If you have had internships or worked part-time at the local supermarket or in your college’s café, you have experience. Sometimes just having the confidence to say so can make the difference.
Here’s what we recommend to land one of these jobs:
1) Find some open positions with these titles using SimplyHired.
2) Pay close attention to the keywords used to describe the job requirements.
3) Connect the dots between your education and part-time work experience to show that you make the cut.
4) Be sure and use those keywords in your resume.
Worried that might not be enough? How about sharing some ideas with the company on one of their social media platforms? You know—add value. And then let them know you applied to a posted job listing.
Can’t hurt and it might just be the job search magic you need.
1) Reservoir Engineer
Median entry-level income: $99,384
A reservoir engineer is responsible for identifying oil and gas reserves and developing strategies to maximize recovery. Theengineer will also design and test new wells, in addition to monitoring and predicting performance. Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: eschipul via photopin cc
2) Patent Attorney
Median entry-level income: $81,268
A patent attorney determines the potential for obtaining patents on inventions and/or trademarks, and monitors possible infringement. Patent attorneys are also responsible for preparing and filing patent applications and trademark registrations, litigating pending applications and registrations, and reporting possible violations. In addition, they prosecute violations of an organization’s registrations and/or patents. Requires a JD with 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: SalFalko via photopin cc
Median entry-level income: $74,065
A landman confirms land ownership and availability for lease/purchase and negotiates agreements with land owners for drilling or production rights. A landman also drafts and administers contracts and ensures compliance with government regulations. Typically requires a bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: A Guy Taking Pictures via photopin cc
4) Pipeline Technician
Median entry-level income: $59,398
Pipeline technicians are responsible for the maintenance and correct operation of an oil or gas pipeline system. The technicians troubleshoot, test, maintain, and repair pipeline equipment. These technicians also perform periodic inspections and routine maintenance on the pipeline system, completing maintenance records, service reports, and other required documents. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and 0-2 years of related experience. photo credit: rickz via photopin cc
5) Clinical Research Associate
Median entry-level income: $59,398
A clinical research associate participates in the design, execution and monitoring of clinical trials. The research associate analyzes and evaluates clinical data gathered during research, ensuring compliance with protocol and overall clinical objectives. May require a BS, RN, or BSN degree or equivalent and 0-3 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Knowledge of FDA regulatory requirements is required. photo credit: gosheshe via photopin cc
6) Major Gift Officer—Higher Ed.
Median entry-level income: $57,901
A gift officer is responsible for identifying prospective major gift donors for a college or university, then qualifying, contacting, and cultivating potential new donors from alumni, friends, and family members of the academic institution. May require a bachelor’s degree and at least 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: Sam Antonio Photography via photopin cc
7) Labor Relations Specialist
Median entry-level income: $57,190
A labor relations specialist participates in labor contract negotiations and may prepare contract agreements. The specialist must be familiar with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to labor issues. The spcialist represents an organization in legal hearings on labor issues and with labor governing bodies, making recommendations for changes to existing policies to ensure compliance with new or proposed regulations. Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: Missus Martian via photopin cc
8) Information Security Analyst
Median entry-level income: $53,612
An analyst completes tasks designed to ensure security of an organization’s systems and information assets, protecting against unauthorized access, modification, or destruction. The analyst also works with end users to determine the needs of individual departments, implements policies or procedures, and tracks compliance through the organization. May require a bachelor’s degree in area of specialty and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: Darwin Bell via photopin cc
9) User Experience Developer
Median entry-level income: $53,491
A UX developer designs the visual layout for websites or web-based products with the goal of enhancing appeal to the user while maximizing functionality. UX experts design graphics, pages, forms, and navigation schema. This role requires familiarity with HTML and various graphic design software packages. Typically requires a bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: albyantoniazzi via photopin cc
10) Market Research Analyst
Median entry-level income: $52,527
Market research analysts collect and analyze data to evaluate existing and potential product/service markets. These analysts identify and monitor competitors and research market conditions or changes in the industry that may affect sales. Requires a bachelor’s degree, and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: mkandlez via photopin cc
11) Financial Analyst
Median entry-level income: $50,314
A financial analyst compiles and analyzes financial information for an organization, developing integrated revenue/expense analyses, projections, reports, and presentations. The analyst also creates and analyzes monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and ensures financial information has been recorded accurately. A financial analyst is also responsible for identifying trends and developments in competitive environments and presenting these findings to senior management. Duties also include financial forecasting and reconciliation of internal accounts. Requires a bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: Dave Dugdale via photopin cc
12) Electrical Design
Median entry-level income: $50,244
An electrical designer designs and develops layouts for electrical circuits or systems for power distribution, assisting in the production of detailed schematics. This requires basic knowledge of electrical equipment and local building codes. May require a bachelor’s degree in a related area and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. photo credit: serkeros via photopin cc
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Data and descriptions courtesy of Salary.com