Looking to start a new career? Studying law could pay off now, later

Attorney listed as No. 4 best entry-level job by WalletHub.

Lady Justice is hiring! With a high starting salary and strong opportunity for job growth, attorney finished No. 4 in WalletHub’s 2015 entry-level jobs report. (Credit/Cygnus921)

(MEDIA GENERAL) – Attention, millennials! Are you looking to practice law when you wrap up your collegiate career? You’re in luck, according to WalletHub.

WalletHub researchers announced the results of their 2015 entry-level jobs report, and attorney cracks the top 10 of best entry-level jobs, coming in at No. 4.

WalletHub generated their report by scanning the employment landscape for 109 types of entry-level positions based on 11 key metrics including: median starting salary, number of job openings, projected job growth and income growth potential, among others.

Attorney finished No. 4 because it starts with a high income compared to other jobs and has a high growth potential. The only metric holding it back from being the top job is that attorneys usually end up working more than 40 hours per week, coming in at No. 75 for the hardship metric group.

Training specialist, web applications developer and network engineer are the top three entry-level jobs. Training specialists finished 13th in the immediate opportunity metric group, 17th in the growth potential group, and 20th for hardship. Web applications developer finished 16th, 23rd and 16th in the three respective metric groups. Attorney was ninth for immediate opportunity and first for growth potential.

Filling out the bottom 10 primarily were manufacturing and clerk jobs, which graded consistently low in all three metric groups.

Tax attorney, drilling engineer, attorney, patent attorney and employment law attorney were the top five entry-level jobs in terms of highest starting salaries, six times more than teaching assistant, which finished last.

In non-surprising news, secretary was ranked as the least dangerous job, while electrician, carpenter, welder, telecommunications technician and boilermaker finished in the bottom five.

Other entry-level jobs ranked: Engineer was ranked 11th (fourth for immediate opportunity, 38th for growth potential, 47 for hardship), architect was 22nd (28, 5, 79, respectively) and accountant was 41st (16, 50, 80).

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