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The Best Companies to Start a Career

Moving to a city that's first-time job seeker friendly can improve your chances of landing an entry-level job, and you're really in luck if you can score a position with a company that treats its beginner workforce especially well.

BusinessWeek compiled its annual list of the best places to launch a career by polling college career counseling directors across the country and collecting statistics from employers to learn about details like pay, benefits, training programs, and retention rates. See which employers took the top 10 spots and the average pay for entry-level hires when you


  1. Deloitte (Accounting): average pay $55,000 to $60,000
  2. Ernst & Young (Accounting): average pay $50,000 to $55,000
  3. PricewaterhouseCoopers (Accounting): average pay $50,000 to $55,000
  4. KPMG (Accounting): average pay $50,000 to $55,000
  5. U.S. State Dept. (Nonprofit/Government): average pay $60,000 to $65,000
  6. Goldman Sachs (Investment Banking): average pay $60,000 to $65,000
  7. Teach for America (Nonprofit/Government): average pay $35,000 to $40,000
  8. Target (Retail): average pay $45,000 to $50,000
  9. J.P. Morgan (Investment Banking): average pay $60,000 to $65,000
  10. IBM (Technology): average pay $60,000 to $65,000
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Join The Conversation
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
How come there aren't any healthcare related companies? That's the industry to be in.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
haha many of my friends are accounts/cpa's and they all have wonderful jobs with some of these companies--i always say i should have picked a different major in college :(
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Sure, that's great if you're an accountant or an investment banker. It doesn't work that way if you're a scientist or an engineer or something like that.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
Most of my friends who have started their careers at these companies were laid off very quickly. And this was during the good economic times.
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