To get the bottom of which first-time gigs are best and worst, the number-crunchers at WalletHub took a look at 109 entry-level occupations and weighed them across three different categories: immediate opportunity, growth potential, and job hazards. More specifically, they evaluated them using 13 metrics from median starting salary and number of job openings, to income growth potential and schedule flexibility, and the typicality of working more than 40 hours per week.
Topping the best list in 2018 is systems engineer, followed by engineer, electrical engineer, hardware engineer, and web applications developer. Meanwhile, the worst of the 109 different positions considered was welder, with floor assembler, boilermaker, carpenter, and tool and die maker rounding out the bottom five. To get a fuller picture of what's worth pursuing and staying away from, here are the top 25 best and worst from the rankings.