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June 21, 2011 6:34 AM Subscribe
Lines of work for an inexperienced but educated worker, with a high "entry level" wage?
posted by cac to Work & Money (29 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I am currently in the process of identifying potential career interests. For the past year-and-a-half, I have been working as an admin assistant at a university. Opportunities for advancement or skill development are minimal.
This job is not one that I can see myself doing for more than a few years. It's not even a good "stepping stone." However, by virtue of my low salary and employment at a tax-exempt organization, I am benefiting from Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
I have a bachelor's degree and a post-bac degree, both perhaps best characterized as "liberal arts". Consequently, engineering/accounting/medicine/etc are not on the table.
The biggest impairment to my ability to find a career that I can get excited about is that I can't identify any fields where I could, at the entry level, earn enough money to cover student loan payments and my very modest living expenses. As a point of reference, if I work in the private sector and IBR & PSLF are taken off the table, my salary would have to be about 60-70% greater, to cover expenses and student loan payments.
Ideally, I am looking for a career -- something with which I could grow professionally. For instance, I could make enough money as a coal miner, but I'd likely be stuck with that same job for the long haul.
Boiling this all down and distilling it into a question: What are some careers offering high starting salaries to degreed but inexperienced workers, outside of the professions (dentistry, accounting, etc.)? To this point, I've done a better job of rejecting careers on the basis of starting pay, than I have with generating solid plans, so I am casting a wide net at the moment.