The 25 Best Entry-Level Jobs for 2019 (and the 25 Worst)

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There’s some good news for engineering students who are about to graduate and enter the workforce: Various types of engineering, from electrical to hardware, claimed each of the top five spots on WalletHub’s list of the best entry-level jobs for 2019, as Thrillist reported.

WalletHub assessed 109 different occupations for their immediate opportunity and growth potential, as well as their hazards. For example, average starting salary was taken into consideration for the “immediate opportunity” category, and the likelihood of working more than 40 hours per week was considered a job hazard alongside more physical dangers. Other factors included the number of job openings, the unemployment rate, income growth potential, and schedule flexibility.

While engineering is all around a pretty safe field to go into, tax attorneys were identified as having the highest starting salaries. On the other hand, employee relations specialists are expected to enjoy the most income growth, and certified occupational therapist assistants are expected to see the fastest projected job growth by 2026.

And for those looking to avoid dead-end careers, WalletHub also identified the worst entry-level jobs. Welders claimed the top spot for the second year in a row, followed by boilermakers and floor assemblers—all of which were also named among the most dangerous jobs.

Keep scrolling to see the 25 best and 25 worst entry-level jobs for 2019, and visit WalletHub’s website for the full breakdown.

The 25 Best Entry-Level Jobs

  1. Electrical engineer
  2. Systems engineer
  3. Engineer
  4. Environmental, health, and safety engineer
  5. Hardware engineer
  6. Web applications developer
  7. Electronics engineer
  8. Industrial engineer
  9. Architect
  10. Operations research analyst
  11. Certified nursing assistant
  12. Aerospace engineer
  13. Database administrator
  14. Software engineer
  15. Systems administrator
  16. Materials engineer
  17. Systems engineering technician
  18. Designer - web
  19. Mechanical engineer
  20. Attorney
  21. Network engineer
  22. Benefits analyst
  23. Training specialist
  24. Financial analyst
  25. Programmer

The 25 worst Entry-Level Jobs

  1. Welder
  2. Boilermaker
  3. Floor assembler
  4. Automotive mechanic
  5. Tool and die maker
  6. Aircraft painter
  7. Carpenter
  8. Building inspector
  9. Sheet metal mechanic
  10. Machinist
  11. Electronics assembler
  12. Emergency dispatcher
  13. Tax accountant
  14. Cost accountant
  15. Refinery operator
  16. Consumer loan servicing clerk
  17. Teller
  18. Claims processing clerk
  19. Financial reporting accountant
  20. Consumer loan officer
  21. Computer numeric control machine programmer
  22. Policy processing clerk
  23. Technical librarian
  24. Technical writer
  25. Payroll clerk

[h/t Thrillist]

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6 Amazing Facts About Sally Ride

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You know Sally Ride as the first American woman to travel into space. But here are six things you might not know about the groundbreaking astronaut, who was born on May 26, 1951.

1. Sally Ride proved there is such thing as a stupid question.

When Sally Ride made her first space flight in 1983, she was both the first American woman and the youngest American to make the journey to the final frontier. Both of those distinctions show just how qualified and devoted Ride was to her career, but they also opened her up to a slew of absurd questions from the media.

Journalist Michael Ryan recounted some of the sillier questions that had been posed to Ride in a June 1983 profile for People. Among the highlights:

Q: “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?”
A: “There’s no evidence of that.”

Q: “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?”
A: “How come nobody ever asks (a male fellow astronaut) those questions?"

Forget going into space; Ride’s most impressive achievement might have been maintaining her composure in the face of such offensive questions.

2. Had she taken Billie Jean King's advice, Sally Ride might have been a professional tennis player.

When Ride was growing up near Los Angeles, she played more than a little tennis, and she was seriously good at it. She was a nationally ranked juniors player, and by the time she turned 18 in 1969, she was ranked 18th in the whole country. Tennis legend Billie Jean King personally encouraged Ride to turn pro, but she went to Swarthmore instead before eventually transferring to Stanford to finish her undergrad work, a master’s, and a PhD in physics.

King didn’t forget about the young tennis prodigy she had encouraged, though. In 1984 an interviewer playfully asked the tennis star who she’d take to the moon with her, to which King replied, “Tom Selleck, my family, and Sally Ride to get us all back.”

3. Home economics was not Sally Ride's best subject.

After retiring from space flight, Ride became a vocal advocate for math and science education, particularly for girls. In 2001 she founded Sally Ride Science, a San Diego-based company that creates fun and interesting opportunities for elementary and middle school students to learn about math and science.

Though Ride was an iconic female scientist who earned her doctorate in physics, just like so many other youngsters, she did hit some academic road bumps when she was growing up. In a 2006 interview with USA Today, Ride revealed her weakest subject in school: a seventh-grade home economics class that all girls had to take. As Ride put it, "Can you imagine having to cook and eat tuna casserole at 8 a.m.?"

4. Sally Ride had a strong tie to the Challenger.

Ride’s two space flights were aboard the doomed shuttle Challenger, and she was eight months deep into her training program for a third flight aboard the shuttle when it tragically exploded in 1986. Ride learned of that disaster at the worst possible time: she was on a plane when the pilot announced the news.

Ride later told AARP the Magazine that when she heard the midflight announcement, she got out her NASA badge and went to the cockpit so she could listen to radio reports about the fallen shuttle. The disaster meant that Ride wouldn’t make it back into space, but the personal toll was tough to swallow, too. Four of the lost members of Challenger’s crew had been in Ride’s astronaut training class.

5. Sally Ride had no interest in cashing in on her worldwide fame.

A 2003 profile in The New York Times called Ride one of the most famous women on Earth after her two space flights, and it was hard to argue with that statement. Ride could easily have cashed in on the slew of endorsements, movie deals, and ghostwritten book offers that came her way, but she passed on most opportunities to turn a quick buck.

Ride later made a few forays into publishing and endorsements, though. She wrote or co-wrote more than a half-dozen children’s books on scientific themes, including To Space and Back, and in 2009 she appeared in a print ad for Louis Vuitton. Even appearing in an ad wasn’t an effort to pad her bank account, though; the ad featured an Annie Leibovitz photo of Ride with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell gazing at the moon and stars. According to a spokesperson, all three astronauts donated a “significant portion” of their modeling fees to Al Gore’s Climate Project.

6. Sally Ride was the first openly LGBTQ astronaut.

Ride passed away on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61, following a long (and very private) battle with pancreatic cancer. While Ride's brief marriage to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley was widely known to the public (they were married from 1982 to 1987), it wasn't until her death that Ride's longtime relationship with Tam O'Shaughnessy—a childhood friend and science writer—was made public. Which meant that even in death, Ride was still changing the world, as she is the world's first openly LGBTQ astronaut.