What is an Entry Level Job?

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Entry level jobs are the lowest level positions offered by organizations within a particular department or career pathway.  These positions typically require less experience than more responsible roles in a career track.  

Employers usually devote more resources to training entry level workers given their limited experience in a functional area like marketing, sales or human resources.  

Entry level jobs are a popular career entry point for high school and college graduates.

 More employers than ever require a college degree for jobs that could previously be accessed with only a high school degree.   The increased number of college graduates has contributed to this trend for degree inflation. 

Factors Impacting the Level of Experience Required for Entry Level Jobs

The level of education and experience required by employers varies greatly by company size, economic cycle, and job specific supply and demand issues.  Smaller companies are often 

less inclined to hire inexperienced workers since they lack the structure and resources for training.

Each employee who works at a small organization is usually expected to make a strong contribution early in their tenure.  During recessions and periods of relatively high unemployment, employers will be more careful about hiring and will have the luxury of hiring more displaced workers with higher levels of experience or education.


Employers often require less experience in fields like oil services, truck drivers and technology where there is a shortage of qualified candidates. Organizations are more likely to devise training or apprentice programs and invest greater resources in developing entry level talent in these fields.


Finding Entry Level Jobs

High school and college graduates, as well as career changers, all need to secure entry level jobs to launch their career.  High school students who don't plan to go on to college should visit their guidance office early on to access resources to help them to find entry level jobs.  

High school graduates interested in trade fields should investigate apprentice programs as a starting point for their career.

College students should complete as many internships as possible during the college years. They should tap the resources of their college's career office including alumni networks, recruiting programs, career counseling, and career panels.   

Candidates for entry level jobs should search entry level job sites and visit the job section of target employer websites to uncover opportunities. 

Examples of Entry Level Jobs

  • Sales Trainee
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Apprentice Plumber
  • Cable Installer
  • Research Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Management Trainee
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Office Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Buyer Trainee
  • Dental Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Hair Stylist
  • Front Desk Associate
  • Welder Apprentice
  • Construction Laborer

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