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Ten Entry Level Jobs with Big Earning Potential


Very few if any people enter college with a dream of one day asking “would you like fries or apples with your kids’ meal?” It’s unlikely that anyone graduates and starts their career as a CEO. But with the job market as competitive as it is, it’s hard to know where to look to find professional, entry-level, well-paying positions if you are a military spouse or a service member preparing to transition to the civilian world.

We’ve listed ten solid, professional entry-level positions for career-minded people who have earned their degree. These jobs are excellent launching pads for careers, have realistic starting salaries and offer potential for long-term professional growth.

Graphic Designer

If You Are: Artistic, tech-savvy, self-sufficient yet collaborative, and have keen attention to detail.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in art, graphic design, or a related field.

Then You Can: Create graphic art for advertisements, fliers, develop logos and branding material for corporations, organizations, or media outlets.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level graphic artists earn a median salary of $45K. Graphic designers who gain experience can work their way to supervisory positions, managing other artists, and eventually working their way up to Art Director, Creative Director, or VP of Creative within some larger corporations.


Financial Analyst

If You Are: A numbers fiend, someone who enjoys scrutinizing data and using math to solve problems.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in finance, math, economics, accounting, or business management.

Then You Can: Analyze financial information for businesses like banks, public or private corporations.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level analysts can earn a median salary of $47K. With additional education and training, for which most employers foot the bill, there is great opportunity for moving up through the ranks.


Sales Representative

If You Are: Friendly, energetic, patient, quick-thinking, and persuasive.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in either business or an area relevant to the product your employer sells. In some circumstances, professional experience will satisfy the education requirement.

Then You Can: Sell products and services on behalf of a company.

Salary and Growth Potential: Sales representatives earn a median salary of $54K, which includes both salary and bonuses. Good performance, solid attendance and reliability help you advance to supervisor, manager and director level.


Human Resources Assistant

If You Are: A keen researcher and analytically-minded person who enjoys both leading the pack and being part of a team.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Then You Can: Assist a human resources team with administration of benefits, payroll, job descriptions or hiring efforts.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level human resources team members typically earn a median salary of $34K. Many companies require human resources teams to complete annual training requirements and participate in mentoring programs. Successful completion of these along with solid job performance enables advancement to management and director level roles.


Public Relations Assistant

If You Are: An excellent listener with superb communication skills who enjoys helping others.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in public relations or communications.

Then You Can: Write and edit publicity material to help promote select groups or individuals.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level public relations employees typically earn a median salary of $44K. Those who demonstrate reliability, keen writing skills and determination tend to promote into management roles.


Web Designer

If You Are: A hybrid, as keen with the technical as you are the creative. You stay abreast of technological developments, are deadline-oriented and enjoy teamwork.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or related field.

Then You Can: Design Web sites and develop Web applications.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry level Web designers generally earn a median salary of $50K. Those with more experience usually gain greater responsibility, including managing staff and more complex projects.


Computer Programmer

If You Are: An adept creator and problem solver.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Then You Can: Write and develop computer programs.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level computer programmers typically earn a median salary of $54K. Those with a successful track record can grow into supervisory or managerial roles with additional responsibilities.


Database Analyst

If You Are: Someone with superb attention to detail and a methodical approach to problem solving, with a knack for uncovering project requirements and underlying needs.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field.

Then You Can: Develop, coordinate and manage databases.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level database analysts generally earn a median salary of $55K. Solid performance usually results in advancement to supervisory and managerial level.


Environmental Engineer

If You Are: An inquisitive person with excellent research skills who loves both the environment and problem solving.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Then You Can: Engineer solutions that work to control environmental health hazards.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level environmental engineers usually earn a median salary of $52K while working with more experienced engineers. Successful performance will yield additional responsibility.


Marketing Coordinator

If You Are: An observer and appreciator of behavioral trends with keen research and strategic skills.

And You Have: A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or economics.

Then You Can: Assist with product or service demand forecasting, demographic analysis and campaign planning.

Salary and Growth Potential: Entry-level marketing coordinators earn a median salary of $49K. Strong performance and experience can result in advancement to manager, director or vice president.


Regardless of the job field, an investment in your education is an investment in your growth potential. If you haven’t selected your degree program yet, research areas that are a good fit with your personal strengths, interests and career development potential.

Military students can also prepare by discussing their transition into school or civilian workforce with a transition counselor.

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