5 High-Paying Entry-Level Jobs

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Everyone has to start somewhere. But just because you’re starting at the beginning doesn’t mean you have to start at the bottom–at least in terms of pay. Entry-level jobs are the initial role that you take in a particular industry that will hopefully be the first of many in your career. And some entry-level jobs pay better than others.

While the better-paying entry-level jobs will often require some form of specialized education or training, they do not necessarily require past experience. If you’re just starting out or thinking of making a career change, here are 5 entry-level jobs that pay well and are expected to stay in-demand over the next few years.

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1. Software Engineer

Estimated average salary: $85,000

Outlook: 11-12% growth with 5,000-6,000 openings in Ontario between 2017-2019

As part of the growing Information Technology industry, software engineers design, implement and maintain virtual environments, machines and software. They work with almost every modern industry and can be part of a development firm, an in-house IT unit or self-employed freelancer.


  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or similar
  • Licensing by Professional Engineers Ontario required to perform some tasks
  • 3-4 years of supervised work may be required to achieve some licensing requirements

2. Financial Analyst

Estimated average salary: $70,000

Outlook: 7-8% growth with 7,000-8,000 projected openings in Ontario between 2017-2019

Financial analysts collect and evaluate data to prepare information such as economic forecasts, reports on companies, and historical trends to help provide advice about future business decisions. Financial analysts are employed in institutions like banks, insurance companies. But they can also work as parts of Finance departments across almost any industry.


  • A bachelor’s degree in economics or business administration or related field
  • A Chartered Financial Analyst designation may be required to practice at some companies

3. Dental Hygienist

Estimated average salary: $67,000

Outlook: 8-9% growth with 2,000-3,000 openings in Ontario between 2017-2019

Dental Hygienists provide treatments such as cleaning and polishing patients’ teeth and taking x-rays. They provide information to patients about the prevention and treatment of diseases of the mouth and teeth. Dental Hygienists work in dental offices and hospitals and are employed by the government to work in some remote, rural communities.


  • Completion of an approved college program in dental hygiene
  • Registration with the College of Dental hygienists of Ontario

4. Web Developer

Estimated average salary: $61,000

Outlook: 13-14% growth with 3,000-4,000 openings in Ontario between 2017-2019

Web developers research, design, and produce internet and intranet sites. They can be employed by IT firms to work as consultants for other businesses, as in-house development, or as a freelance consultant.


  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field will often be required to work with a firm
  • Experience with computer programming and/or graphic design will often be required to work with a firm

5. Marketing Associate

Estimated average salary: $53,000

Outlook: 7-8% growth with 9,000-10,000 openings in Ontario between 2017-2019

Marketing Associates research market and audience trends and develop strategies and communications to promote a product, service or business. Marketing Associates are employed by Marketing and Public Relations firms who are contracted by other businesses across all industries. They can also work as part of a Marketing department within almost any business.


  • A university degree or college diploma in business, marketing or communications is usually required

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