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Engineer named best entry-level job by analysts

Comparing a wide field of entry-level positions across various industries, analysts found engineers to be at the top of the list.

With the goal of compiling a list of best and worst entry-level jobs available to the graduating class of 2016, analysts at personal finance site WalletHub compared 11 metrics of 109 job openings across various fields.

The three key metrics were immediate opportunity, projected growth potential by 2024 and job hazards. Income growth potential, median starting salary, employment opportunity, unemployment rate and the regularity in which employees work more than 40 hours per week in a given role were also factored in.

Ranking No. 1 with a total score of 69.67 points was engineer. In fact, engineers comprised five of the top 10 spots on the list, including systems engineer, environmental, safety and health engineer, electrical engineer and software engineer.

Among the jobs analyzed in the report, varying levels of education and training were required, though all were considered entry-level positions, reported Forbes.

Data used in the analysis came from salary comparison and career sites such as and, as well as from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.