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10 Entry Level Jobs That Pay Less Than You Would Imagine

We all have the desire to graduate from college and land a high-paying position at our dream job. Sounds great, right? However, that is not always the case. Sometimes a degree is no longer an advantage in today’s competitive job market, which means that you might have to accept a low-paying entry level job.

Entry level jobs are what you make them: some people say they are great, while others argue that they are extremely stressful. Working in an entry level position can add a little power to your résumé and can provide you with on-the-job experience that could potentially give you more of an edge in the job market.

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And competition is stiff. College graduates aren’t the only people seeking new employment; sometimes midlevel careerists decide to quit their jobs and try something new. In some cases, their skill sets aren’t beneficial to the new job they are pursuing, and therefore have to accept an entry level position and work their way back up the ladder.

If you are searching for an entry level job, ask yourself the following questions: does the job have benefits? How long is the commute? Will the salary cover your personal living expenses? Will the job help you accomplish your professional goals?

Deciding to accept an entry level position can be stressful, so you should consider the following when making your decision:

  • Opportunity for Advancement: Entry level positions don’t start off with great pay but can lead to numerous opportunities for advancement. If you are interested in moving up the ladder, an entry level position will allow you to move at your own pace.
  • Opportunity to Interact with Customers: When you work in an entry level position, you have an opportunity to interact with many people. Employees thrive off this because they are given the opportunity to interact with customers who benefit from their work.
  • Unpredictable Work Schedule: There are many types of entry level positions and some have unpredictable work schedules. You may be required to work rotating shift, or you might have to complete all your tasks before clocking off work, which could interfere with your personal life.
  • Stressful Environments: Entry level jobs can be stressful. Your job may have to deal with customers who are stressed out. Sometimes you will be stressed, especially if you have to hit a daily quota. For example, one of the jobs that made the top 10 list is telemarketers. If you don’t sell a certain amount of items, or raise a certain amount funds, you risk losing your job.

1. Telemarketers

Telemarketing is a stressful job. If you don’t make a certain amount of sales per month, you can get fired. A telemarketer’s responsibilities include explaining products to customers, obtaining personal information, and delivering prepared sales talks. Working as a telemarketer does not require a degree. According to PayScale, the starting salary for a telemarketer is $10.00 per hour.

2. Recreational Protective Service Workers

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When you think about recreational protective service workers, most people think about lifeguards but this is just one of the many careers that fall into this category. A recreational protective service worker usually monitors recreational areas, beaches or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to visitors. Depending on your work area, a high school diploma or a university degree may be required. According to MyPlan, the annual average salary for protective service workers is $20,720.

3. Childcare Workers

Parents all across the world trust childcare workers to watch their children. Some childcare workers are expected to care for a child’s basic needs such as bathing and feeding. Some parents also hire childcare workers to help their children with homework. According to my MyPlan, the average annual salary for childcare workers is $21,310.

4. Pharmacy Aides

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A pharmacy aide usually works in retail settings such as Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. Their hours vary because they work around their customers’ schedules. A pharmacy aide records drugs delivered to the pharmacy, stores incoming merchandise, and accepts prescriptions for filling. This job requires a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree. According to MyPlan, the average annual salary for a pharmacy aide is $23,460.

5. Phlebotomists

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Phlebotomists work in hospital or clinical settings. Their job responsibilities include assisting with blood transfusions, explaining procedures to patients, and collecting fluids and tissue samples. Phlebotomists are typically required to have a high school diploma, while some states also require certification in phlebotomy from a state-recognized program. PayScale reports that the average hourly salary for phlebotomists is $13.00.

6. Customer Service Representatives

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Customer service representatives can be found in many career fields. A customer service representative interacts with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products. They also resolve customer service complaints. Some states require customer service representatives to have a high school diploma or an associate’s degree. According to PayScale, customer service representatives make about $12.00 an hour.

7. Proofreaders

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Proofreaders review a variety of documents such as school papers, legal documents, court transcripts, news stories, journal articles, and magazine articles. Proofreaders check for grammatical and spelling errors, style, and consistency of page numbers. This occupation does not require a degree. PayScale reports that proofreaders can made about $18.00 per hour.

8. Claims Adjusters

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Working as a claims adjuster is a stressful job, one which requires that you listen to people’s problems all day long. Most people are upset or angry when they call. Claims adjusters work long hours and have heavy workloads. According to PayScale, the average annual salary for claims adjusters is $41,714.

9. Flight Attendants

Flight attendants are known for jet-setting. They travel all over the world for free and have great benefits. Their job duties are to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers. Flight attendants are required to have a high school diploma or a GED. According to PayScale, flight attendants make about $20 per hour.

10. Police Officers

A police officer protects and serves their community. This is without a doubt the most dangerous job on the list as police officers put their lives on the line every day. Their job responsibilities include responding to incidents, responding to complaints reported to the police department, and collecting evidence at crime scenes. PayScale reports that police officers make about $47,920 per year.

See Also: Awesome Jobs That End Up Sucking

People accept entry level jobs for a variety of reasons. Sometimes people get bored with their jobs and decide to seek new employment, or they are a recent college graduates looking to start a career in their chosen fields. There is a long list of pros and cons associated with working entry level jobs. Review the whole picture then decide if entry level employment is right for you.

Would you work for a low paying entry level job? Let us know in the comments section below!

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