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Best places for entry-level jobs

By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com
Choosing the right city can help you bring home a bigger paycheck for an entry-level position, say experts.
Choosing the right city can help you bring home a bigger paycheck for an entry-level position, say experts.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Authors narrow down which cities offer best pay for the best entry-level jobs
  • Laurence Shatkin and Michael Farr have 4th edition of 200 Best Jobs for College Graduates
  • Network system analysts: New Jersey, Virginia, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington
  • Market research analysts: Washington, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey,
    California
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(CareerBuilder.com) -- Entry-level jobs are most workers' first forays into the professional world. Few of us went from unemployed to high-ranking employee overnight. In fact, unless your family name is displayed on a skyscraper, an entry-level job is unavoidable.

Although employers decide which positions in their organizations are entry-level, they usually define them as jobs requiring two years of experience or less. These positions can come with various education requirements, ranging from some schooling up to completion of a bachelor's degree, depending on the industry.

In their book "200 Best Jobs for College Graduates, 4th Edition," Laurence Shatkin and Michael Farr list some of the best entry-level jobs available. Shatkin and Farr looked for jobs with a high concentration of workers between 20 and 24 years old. They looked beyond what the starting salaries are and sought careers that have potential for growth and higher salaries in the future.

Of course, entry-level jobs aren't merely for the early 20-somethings, so don't think the list can't apply to you if you're outside of that age range. For example, many workers are switching careers in this economy because their industry isn't thriving. Many veteran workers realize that they've spent years in the wrong field, return to school, get a degree and find themselves starting over again.

Some say companies discriminate against laid-off workers

For anyone looking for an entry-level position, we wanted to make your search a little easier. We took some of the best entry-level jobs, according to Shatkin and Farr, and determined where the best salaries are offered, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are eight entry-level jobs with high earning potential, their average beginning salaries and the areas that offer the best long-term pay.

Computer hardware engineers - $48,750
Missouri
New York
California
Washington, D.C.
Massachusetts

Actuaries - $48,750
New Mexico
Pennsylvania
Indiana
Colorado
Delaware

Sales agents, securities and commodities - $30,890
Connecticut
New York
Tennessee
Massachusetts
Washington, D.C.

Network systems and data communications analysts - $40,100
New Jersey
Virginia
Minnesota
Maryland
Washington

Agents and business managers of artists, performers and athletes - $30,780
New York
Massachusetts
Tennessee
California
Nevada

Logisticians - $38,280
Washington, D.C.
New Jersey
Maryland
Massachusetts
Alabama

Chemists - $36,810
Washington, D.C.
Maryland
Delaware
New Hampshire
Massachusetts

Market research analysts - $33,310
Washington
Delaware
Massachusetts
New Jersey
California

 
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