Earning a higher education degree is a big investment. With all that money (and time) on the line, students may want to confirm that the entry level jobs they’re setting themselves up for tend to yield a good return on investment (ROI). Using Salary.com data, we found 10 jobs that have median level I salaries over $60,000. These jobs promise even bigger pay outs as employees climb the ranks.
Read on to see if one of these jobs may be right for you to pursue:
What you’ll earn to start: $68,171
What you’ll do: Assist with the design, development, and testing of electrical equipment, components, or systems. This person must be familiar with mathematical and engineering principles and methods used to design electrical systems. The role requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level V): $139,462
What you'll earn to start: $68,051
What you’ll do: Conduct analysis, pricing, and risk assessment to estimate financial outcomes. This person will apply knowledge of mathematics, probability, statistics, and principles of finance and business to calculations in life, health, social, and casualty insurance, annuities, and pensions. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level V): $128,445
What you’ll earn to start: $67,017
What you’ll do: Plan for the most cost-effective utilization of materials. This person will apply knowledge of material science to recommend engineering and manufacturing changes to attain design objectives in the most economical manner possible, and review blueprints and specifications to determine the appropriate materials needed to achieve successful completion of initiatives. This role may require a bachelor's degree in engineering.
Your earning potential (level V): $131,058
What you’ll earn to start: $65,041
What you’ll do: Responsible for the digital design of integrated circuits and related development. This person participates in all phases of physical design including floor planning, clock synthesis, timing optimization, and signal integrity. This role requires a bachelor’s degree.
Your earning potential (level V): $170,965
What you’ll make to start: $85,756
What you’ll do: Conduct research and analysis on economic data and trends, and provide interpretation. This person organizes data into report format and arranges graphic illustrations of research findings, as well as assists in analyzing economic conditions. This role requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level III): $128,734
What you’ll earn to start: $61,097
What you’ll do: Provide professional nursing care to assigned patients. This person records patient histories, performs various diagnostic tests, administers medications, and develops patient care plans in conjunction with other medical professionals. They also assist physicians during examinations and procedures, and operate and monitor medical equipment as necessary. This role requires a state license to practice.
Your earning potential (level III): $85,360
What you’ll earn to start: $72,224
What you’ll do: Manage and oversee all aspects of a project to ensure it is completed on time and within budget. This person has overall responsibility for managing scope, cost, schedule, internal staffing and outside vendors, and contractual deliverable. This role may require certification in Project Management.
Your earning potential (level III): $112,945
What you’ll make to start: $67,393
What you’ll do: Design and supervise construction projects such as airports, bridges, channels, dams, railroads, and roads. This person’s responsibilities also include estimating costs and personnel and material needs, preparing proposals, and establishing completion dates. This role may require a bachelor's degree in engineering.
Your earning potential (level V): $126,036
What you’ll earn to start: $69,963
What you’ll do: Manage a private banking portfolio of high-net-worth individuals using banking strategies, solutions, and advice that is customized to the client's needs. This person develops and maintains client relationships by engaging the resources of other parts of the organization to provide meaningful and personalized service. Acts as advisor, providing financial research and information. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level III): $119,586
What you’ll earn to start: $76,620
What you’ll do: Design and build relational databases for data storage or processing. This person develops strategies for warehouse implementation, data acquisition and access, and data archiving and recovery. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree
Your earning potential (level V): $140,103
Whatever You Choose, Make Sure You're Prepared
Whether you go for one of the entry level jobs on this list, or go into something else altogether, it’s important to properly negotiate your first salary. Salary.com can help.
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