15 best jobs for young people paying at least $40K yearly

Searching for an entry-level gig can be tough, especially if you’re looking for your first job ever or you’re changing careers completely. Luckily, there are more opportunities out there for people with no experience in a given field than you’d think. In fact, many of them have great opportunities to advance once you’ve been at it for a few years, too. Take a look at our top picks and get those applications ready—no matter how short your resume is.

1. Customer Service Representative

Average Salary: $36,859

Love talking to people? Being a customer service representative may just be your perfect fit. You’ll likely be required to take a training course to learn company policy wherever you get hired, but aside from that, no other preparation is needed. Desirable qualities in an entry-level customer service rep include good communication skills, friendliness, and a positive, team-player attitude.

Available Customer Service Representative Jobs

3.2★ Customer Service Representative – Bilingual Spanish – Call Center Nationwide Debt Reduction Services Plano, TX 23 hours ago N/A Sales Associates /Customer Service Representative States Tire & Automotive McKeesport, PA 23 hours ago 4.7★ Customer Service/Sales Representative Genesis Acquisitions State College, PA 23 hours ago See more Customer Service Representative jobs

2. Home Care Aid or Home Health Aid

Average Salary: $20,520

If you have an interest in caring for others, becoming a home care aid could be a good option for you. For some people, helping the elderly and sick with their day-to-day tasks is incredibly fulfilling. Depending on where you live, it’s likely that you’ll need a valid driver’s license, and some jobs require a home aide certification, which you can sometimes earn while on the job.

Available Home Care Aid Jobs

3.3★ Home Care Health Aide Special Tree Rehabilitation Systems Brighton, MI 23 hours ago 3.6★ Home Care Hospice Aide, CNA Angela Hospice Livonia, MI 23 hours ago N/A Direct Care Professional Grand Teton Human Services Remote 23 hours ago See more Home Care Aid jobs

3. Publicity Assistant or Public Relations Assistant

Average Salary: $54,581

If you’ve dreamed of working in publicity, you’re in luck. Public relations firms often seek out fresh candidates so they can mold them to their exacting standards. You’ll need to be a strong writer, and above all, a people person. Many larger public relations firms offer rotational programs for the first one to two years, so you can explore different areas of the business and learn more about your strengths and weaknesses.

Available Publicity Assistant Jobs

N/A Réviseur traducteur adjoint (anglais-françaisi) Azrieli Foundation Toronto 23 hours ago 3.7★ Publicity Assistant Macmillan Publishers New York, NY 23 hours ago 2.9★ Associate Trial Counsel/Assistant Public Defender State of Missouri Saint Louis, MO 23 hours ago See more Publicity Assistant jobs

4. Real Estate Agent

Average Salary: $48,883

To become a real estate agent, you’ll need to take a 60-hour course, but aside from that, no previous experience is required. An entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude will serve you well in this profession, as most agents work on commission, meaning the more you sell, the more you make.

Available Real Estate Agent Jobs

5.0★ Commercial Real Estate Agent Starboard TCN Worldwide San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 4.4★ Licensed Real Estate Agent Vacation Innovations Orlando, FL 23 hours ago 4.7★ Boulder/Denver Real Estate Agent: Referrals, Competitive Splits, & Unmatched Differentiation Neat Capital Boulder, CO 23 hours ago See more Real Estate Agent jobs

5. Sales Account Representative

Average Salary: $33,060

If you’re the kind of person who can talk others into doing pretty much anything, sales is likely your forte. Whether you’re selling a product to other businesses or to individual consumers, being persuasive, engaging, and friendly will get you far in this role. There are a range of levels of experience desired for these positions, but many are clearly marked “entry-level,” and those are the ones you should focus on. Most gigs in this field prefer or require a Bachelor’s degree, but there are exceptions.

Available Sales Account Representative Jobs

N/A Insurance Sales Representative / Account Manager Rex Garcia Insurance Agency, Inc. Daly City, CA 23 hours ago 4.0★ Account Executive / Inside Sales Representative CyberCoders Phoenix, AZ 23 hours ago N/A Sales Associates /Customer Service Representative States Tire & Automotive McKeesport, PA 23 hours ago See more Sales Account Representative jobs

6. Medical Assistant

Average Salary: $32,551

Working in a hospital or doctor’s office environment is a goal for some people, and becoming a medical assistant is a great way to get your foot in the door. Medical assistants do everything from interfacing with patients to work the front desk of an office or department. As you get more experience, you are often given the opportunity to choose a medical specialty, which can be a great pathway to a more senior position.

Available Medical Assistant Jobs

N/A Medical Assistant Commerce Urgent Care & Family Practice, Inc. Commerce, GA 23 hours ago 2.9★ Medical Assistant Physician Healthcare Port Huron, MI 23 hours ago 4.0★ Certified Medical Assistant Greenfield Health Portland, OR 23 hours ago See more Medical Assistant jobs

7. Administrative Assistant

Average Salary: $41,045

An administrative assistant generally handles all kinds of paperwork, phone calls, email correspondence, and scheduling. Sometimes, people in these roles are also asked to sit in on meetings and take notes or help prepare deliverables for major projects the company is working on. These jobs are especially advantageous for those who aren’t sure what they want to do within a larger company since admin assistants tend to have day-to-day contact with multiple departments. After getting some experience learning how the business works from the bottom up, you may be able to transition into a more specialized role.

Available Administrative Assistant Jobs

4.6★ Administrative Assistant ShipEX Salt Lake City, UT 23 hours ago 4.0★ Community Health Administrative Assistant Era Living Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 4.6★ Administrative Assistant EWI Buffalo, NY 23 hours ago See more Administrative Assistant jobs

8. Veterinary Assistant

Average Salary: $31,659

If you love animals and wouldn’t mind being around them all day, this job is a no-brainer. Though you will have to complete a certification, some animal hospitals and vet offices will allow you to learn on the job. You’ll need to be capable of lifting 40 to 50 pounds for a prolonged period of time (dogs can be heavy!), good with computers, and totally comfortable around a variety of animals. In most cases, a high school diploma is required.

Available Veterinary Assistant Jobs

3.7★ RVT or Veterinary Assistant – $3,000 Hiring Bonus – Critical Care (CCU) – (RC-19-017) SAGE Veterinary Centers Redwood City, CA 23 hours ago 4.8★ Veterinary Assistant Instructor – Part-time Pima Medical Institute Seattle, WA 23 hours ago N/A Veterinary Technician Aspen Grove Veterinary Care Animal Hospital Fort Collins, CO 23 hours ago See more Veterinary Assistant jobs

9. Customer Care Specialist

Average Salary: $33,468

Although the two titles are sometimes used interchangeably, customer service reps usually work with individual consumers, and customer care specialists often work with other businesses that their company provides services to. The preferred attributes for the two jobs are quite similar, but customer care may be a better opportunity for someone interested in working in a more corporate environment.

Available Customer Care Specialist Jobs

3.7★ Delivery Specialist The FruitGuys South San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 3.4★ Customer Care Specialist-Full Time Bassett Furniture Torrance, CA 23 hours ago 3.8★ Escalation Specialist – Customer Care Airlines Reporting Corporation Arlington, VA 23 hours ago See more Customer Care Specialist jobs

10. Legal Assistant

Average Salary: $45,560

Are you the kind of person who loves to get down to the nitty-gritty? If you excel at writing, have a keen sense of grammar, and are hyper-organized, you may find your perfect fit in a legal assistant position. It’s true, there are some legal assistant jobs that require significant experience, but there are quite a few entry level positions to be found. As you get more senior, you can up your earning potential and even train to become a paralegal.

Available Legal Assistant Jobs

3.1★ Legal Assistant Kopka Pinkus Dolin Farmington Hills, MI 23 hours ago N/A Legal Assistant McAlpin Conroy Miami, FL 23 hours ago N/A Legal Assistant/Paralegal Moreira Garcia and Associates Norcross, GA 23 hours ago See more Legal Assistant jobs

11. Medical Biller

Average Salary: $38,678

A medical biller is a person who communicates between a doctor’s office and insurance companies. The job requires quite a lot of paper pushing but is an excellent option for someone who is detail-oriented and doesn’t mind using a computer for most of the day. Many entry-level job postings in this field require one to three months of experience or training, meaning you can take a medical billing course and count that as your experience.

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