Best Entry-Level Jobs for the Class of 2015
You'll need a job to replace your time in the military sooner rather than later, so why not pick a field that's been picked by analysts as one of the best to enter in 2015? Business Insider nabbed data on various professions and used 11 metrics "ranging from starting salaries to industry growth rate to number of job openings" to come up with the best entry-level jobs for the class of 2015. Industries and career fields tend to fluctuate, but none of these are likely to collapse in a small amount of time. Check them out, and see which one might suit you.
1. Training Specialist – Onboarding new employees and tuning up the knowledge base of older employees takes a lot of time and energy. Some jobs don't require much in the way of training, but a lot of bigger companies require specialists to focus on just that. Training specialists don't necessarily create curriculums, they learn how to proctor employee training regimens where they're online or in person.
2. Web Applications Developer – Gone are the days of unintelligible website layouts and awkward .gifs looping all over a page. Modern web development requires applications: sleek, highly functional programs that operate in-browser to make surfing a far easier and more engaging experience. Web application developers need to have strong coding skills and learn modern industry standards.
3. Network Engineer – Modern life runs, in large park, on networks. Whether it's social or economic, private or public, vast amounts of information integral to day-to-day functioning pass through a complex web of digital connections. Network engineers specialize in optimizing and maintaining these networks. The job requires advanced knowledge of computer networking.
4. Attorney – Love them or hate them, attorneys are part of the functioning of our legal system. They specialize in a wide variety of fields and range from publically appointed defenders to expensive, prominent specialists. This job requires a post-graduate education in law, impeccable argumentative skills, and the ability to eloquently articulate ideas in person and on paper.
5. Environmental Engineer – It's been an ongoing issue for years now, and it requires as much brainpower as humanity can throw at it: environmental stability. Whether it's a high-level issue such as global warming, or a localized problem like monitoring the population of a certain species, environmental engineers identify, analyze, and formulate solutions to each problem.
6. Software Engineer – Software engineers aren't computer programmers, although they do work with code. Software engineers, specifically, apply engineering principles to programs that usually run under the hood. That is, they usually work with compilers, network software, and other operating-system level applications.
7. Web Designer – Websites have been a ubiquitous method of communication for many years, but the trend isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Web designers are professionals who handle the look and feel of a website. It may sound like a simple job, but creating a website that's easy to navigate requires knowing quite a lot about design concepts. In theory, anyone can start designing websites as a freelancer, but truly excelling in the field usually requires college-level work.
8. Information Security Analyst – The digital world is just as vulnerable to thieves and spies as the real one, if not more so. Because of how pervasive digital networks and communication methods are, there is no shortage of people who want to break them. While there are certainly hackers who like to explore, there are plenty of them who are out to steal or manipulate sensitive information. Information security analysts are professionals who try to stop that from happening. They must have in-depth knowledge of computer networks and information storage methods.
9. Financial Analyst – Economics can seem grossly complex to many people, especially when it comes to doing your taxes. The ebb and flow of capital through any given system isn't much simpler, and it takes a professional to analyze where money is going and where it's coming from. Financial analysts blend knowledge of economics and business to identify trends and opportunities in regards to revenue streams. They are tasked with predicting the viability, stability, and profitability of any given venture.
10. Programmer – A programmer fills the role typically associated with being a computer geek. They tend to specialize in certain languages or programming concepts, but they usually develop back and front-end software for a variety of users. Programmers might work on the latest content management system, or the newest video game. The job doesn't necessarily require a college degree, but some individuals may find structured classroom environments more conducive to learning.