Just starting out or looking to switch careers? WalletHub went on a quest to find the best entry-level jobs.
A social network and news aggregation website that focuses on personal finance, WalletHub looked through 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.
"A lot of the best jobs were in the tech field, like web designers and programmers," said Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub spokeswoman. "Not only did those jobs remain to be pretty popular and fast growing, but we were surprised to see where these jobs were heading. It's not just your typical California or Washington state. The tech field has opportunities branching out to cities like Washington, D.C., and Rochester, New York."
WalletHub's 10-person data team examined a designated entry-level job in each field, looking at job openings (posted on Indeed.com), employment rates and starting salaries (from Salary.com). Then, the team tracked the same job paths 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 or high rates of worksite fatalities, or jobs that were easily outsourced or automatized, based on research from Oxford University.
Click through to see if your dream job is considered the best entry-level job.
—CNBC's Anita Balakrishnan
Posted 22 April 2015
Updated 15 March 2016