Top jobs available for entry-level candidates

The top twenty entry-level jobs that are hiring right now (and what they pay)

Written by Peter Harris
Posted on March 7, 2014

The unemployment rate for young workers is still around twice the national average, hovering around the 14% range as it has since the start of the recession in 2009. With this in mind, the Workopolis team decided to take a look at for which jobs employers are actively seeking student and entry-level candidates right now.

The job postings falling into these categories are made up of two distinct kinds of occupations. There are those roles that are filled by students and candidates without necessarily having a professional degree or certification. And there are also those occupations where the demand is so high that graduates are sought after right out of school as soon as they obtain their credentials.

So here are those jobs with the latest salary information provided by the federal government’s Working in Canada website and links to currently available job postings on Workopolis.

The top ten jobs posted for Student / entry-level candidates:

  • Customer Service Representative (Average wage: $16.50/hour) [View jobs]
  • Sales Associate / Representative (Average wage: $40,000/year + commission) [View jobs]
  • Technical Support Representative (Average wage: $50,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Administrative Assistant (Average wage: $36,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Account Manager (Average wage: $66,560/year) [View jobs]
  • Cashier (Average wage: $10.50/hour) [View jobs]
  • Receptionist (Average wage: $33,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Grocery Clerk (Average wage: $11/hour) [View jobs]
  • Merchandiser (Average wage: $39,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Beauty Advisor (Average wage: $11/hour) [View jobs]

The top jobs where graduates are sought immediately after finishing school:

  • Registered Nurse (Average wage: $72,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Personal support worker (Average wage: $32,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Business Analyst (Average wage: $75,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Financial advisor (Average wage: $64,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Physiotherapist (Average wage: $71,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Marketing coordinator (Average wage: $48,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Pharmacist (Average wage: $84,765/year) [View jobs]
  • Accountant (Average wage: $59,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Occupational therapist (Average wage: $73,000/year) [View jobs]
  • Human Resources Assistant (Average wage: $44,720/year) [View jobs]

Although the job market remains sluggish in some parts of the country, and landing that first job can be a challenge for younger workers, employers are actively seeking entry-level candidates.

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