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Entry-Level Jobs That Pay Up To $60,000

Entry-Level Jobs That Pay Up To $60,000


By Mark Swartz
Senior Monster Contributing Writer


You’ve probably heard your parents say it. Uncles, aunts and older cousins also. “To get anywhere in your career, you have to start at the bottom.”
 
It’s as true now as it ever was: careers almost always begin with entry-level jobs. Usually the pay’s fairly low, the hours long. It’s like an apprenticeship. You do whatever it takes during your first few years as a full-time employee. Grunt work. Menial tasks that build up gradually to bigger, better projects.
 
But there are some occupations that, even at entry-level, make paying off your student loans and buying bling much easier. Some need university degrees. Others don’t. They range from finance to IT and skilled trades. Here’s five for you to think about, along with their median starting salaries from an across-Canada sampling.
 
Accounting and Finance 
 
Accountant:
Median starting salary: $45,000 – $60,000+  
Responsible for completion and maintenance of general ledgers and financial reports. May require a bachelor's degree in accounting or business and 0-3 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.
 
 
Computers and IT
 
LAN Administrator:
Median starting salary: $51,000 – $70,000+
Maintains the data transmission networks and data security for the company. Monitors network performance for problems. May require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in area of specialty and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor.
 
Engineering
 
Electrical Engineer:
Median starting salary: $58,000 – 75,000+
Designs, develops, and tests all aspects of electrical components, equipment, and machinery. Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering and 0-3 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.
 
Sales
 
Employment (Staffing) Representative:
Median starting salary: $41,000 – $60,000+ (includes bonuses and commissions)
Recruits, interviews, checks references, makes offers, and conducts orientation for new employees. Performs exit interviews and processes change of employee status. May require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in area of specialty and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.
 
 
Skilled Trades
 
Automotive Mechanic:
Median starting salary: $45,000 – 60,000+
Performs maintenance and repairs on automobiles. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. Usually requires completing an apprenticeship and/or formal training in area of specialty. Requires 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.
 
 

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