4 In-Demand Industries for Entry Level Positions

It’s the old chicken-and-the-egg conundrum. You need experience to get a job, but how can you get a job with no experience? Fortunately, right now is an excellent time to get in the ground floor.

If you have a knack for working with your hands, these four industries have plenty of entry-level positions available. Even better? These jobs tend to pay well and offer lots of options for career advancement.


More and more companies are now “reshoring,” or moving their manufacturing operations back to the United States from overseas. This means a nearly unprecedented opportunity for those hoping to build a career in manufacturing. Entry-level positions include:

  • Machine Operator
  • Assembly
  • CNC Machinist
  • Production Associate


All those manufactured goods need to get to their final destinations. This usually happens through a labyrinth of warehouses and distribution centers, all of which need entry-level workers. Positions include:

  • Picker/Packer
  • Material Handling
  • Shipping and receiving
  • Inventory management
  • Forklift operator

General Labor

With infrastructure investments ramping up heavily this year, general laborers will be more in demand than ever before.

Depending on your skills and interests, you might work in a manufacturing or distribution facility, or even on a construction site. General laborers tend to do whatever is needed, from holding a road sign to loading and unloading materials or cleaning up a work site. If you enjoy working with your hands, there are many jobs available.

Skilled Trades

Skilled trades can be loosely defined as jobs that require specific technical skills but no college degree. They run the gamut from welding to carpentry. While you can’t be a skilled tradesperson with no experience or certification, you can start climbing the ladder toward a future career in the skilled trades. Examples of entry-level positions include:

  • Carpenter’s assistant
  • Painting associate
  • Apprentice
  • Welders
  • Electricians
  • Plumbing


One of the best things about starting a career in one of these industries is the flexibility. You can try out different industries while building skills that will serve you for a lifetime. You might discover a hidden passion for something like auto manufacturing or biotech, or you may find out that your strengths lie in management. You’ll be paid well while you figure out exactly what you want your future career to look like.

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If you’re ready for your next role, start searching for a new job with SURESTAFF today! We can help you find a light industrial position in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin.