As the last, fateful note of "Pomp and Circumstance" chimes and graduates shed their caps and gowns, some young professionals have bleaker prospects than others. Seeking to find the grimmest of daily grinds, WalletHub, a social network and news aggregation website that focuses on personal finance, looked at 109 types of entry-level jobs.
The resulting weighted average rank of each job showed a common theme: Today's workers need to be smarter than a computer.
"The greatest decreases we saw in job types and sectors were those that could be outsourced or automated," Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub spokeswoman, said. "This study just backed up with numbers that those things are happening. We may not see careers like data entry exist anymore."
Wallethub's 10-person data team examined a designated entry-level job in each field by looking at job openings (posted on Indeed.com), employment rates and starting salaries (from Salary.com). Then, the team tracked the same job to the mid-career level to assess growth opportunities such as average tenure, projected job growth and on-the-job training, using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.
Finally, WalletHub knocked off points for hardships such as long workweeks and high rates of worksite fatalities, or jobs that were easily outsourced or automatized, based on research from Oxford University.
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—CNBC's Anita Balakrishnan
Posted 22 April 2015