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]

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Kodak

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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13 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions

Would you fly in this?
Would you fly in this?

As it turns out, being destroyed by the very thing you create is not only applicable to the sentient machines and laboratory monsters of science fiction.

In this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy takes us on a sometimes tragic, always fascinating journey through the history of invention, highlighting 13 unfortunate innovators whose brilliant schemes brought about their own demise. Along the way, you’ll meet Henry Winstanley, who constructed a lighthouse in the English Channel that was swept out to sea during a storm … with its maker inside. You’ll also hear about stuntman Karel Soucek, who was pushed from the roof of the Houston Astrodome in a custom-designed barrel that landed off-target, fatally injuring its occupant.

And by the end of the episode, you just might be second-guessing your secret plan to quit your day job and become the world’s most daredevilish inventor.

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