Last Updated on October 2, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Indeed.com, one of the world’s largest job search engines, has recently released a report identifying the most sought-after entry-level jobs in the United States. The report takes into account both positions that require a degree and those that do not, providing a comprehensive look at the job market for recent graduates and other job seekers.
For applicants with a degree, the top entry-level jobs include Outside Sales Representative, Transportation Coordinator, Quality Auditor, Accounting, Tax Preparer, Loan Processor, Retention Specialist, Network Operations Technician, Mental Health Manager, and Speech-Language Pathologist, among others. Sales jobs, healthcare industry positions, and tech sector jobs are in high demand for individuals with a degree.
Interestingly, the highest-paying entry-level job for degree holders is Outside Sales Representative, with a salary of over $60,000 per year. Not only is the salary attractive, but job postings for this position have also increased by a staggering 258%. This suggests that companies are actively seeking qualified individuals to fill these roles.
On the other hand, nearly 65% of the US working population does not possess a four-year degree. However, this does not mean that these individuals are without opportunities. Many of them possess highly sought-after skills and have ample opportunities for entry-level jobs. Some of the top entry-level jobs for applicants without a degree include Inventory Manager, Auto Body Technician, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Salon Manager, Drafting Technician, Business Analyst, Sheet Metal Mechanic, and Aircraft Maintenance Technician.
One interesting trend to note is the rising demand for skilled inventory managers. The job market for this position has doubled in just a year, making it a highly sought-after role for those without a degree. Additionally, the Auto Body Technician position stands out as one of the highest paying non-degree jobs, with an impressive annual salary of $82,000.
It is important to highlight that while a degree may not be required for these entry-level jobs, competition for these positions is on the rise. Having a degree can give applicants a competitive edge, especially for positions like Business Analyst and Relationship Banker.
In conclusion, the job market for entry-level positions in the United States is diverse and offers opportunities for individuals both with and without a degree. Whether it is in sales, healthcare, tech, or other industries, there are promising options available for those embarking on their careers.