My job is supposed to be hot and well-paying so says CNN Money.
Real quick, here are the 10 jobs that pay well and are in demand these days; I’ve italicized my job’s description below.
Medical Science Liaisons
They’re called MSLs and they are hired by pharmaceutical companies to be information providers between them and their clients such as doctors and insurers. They’re expected to make from $115,000 – $120,000 plus 10% – 20% bonus.
Internet Sales And Marketing Account Directors
I suppose these are people in sales and marketing who work for internet companies and do their advertising for them. Kinda like the creative minds behind this. They’re expected to make $120,000 – $150,000; variations are based on which city they work.
General Managers at Premier Resorts and Hotels
Does this sound like a dream job or what? Who wouldn’t want to work in a resort as a highly paid manager? But it may not be the paradise you think with customer service and management issues that are the staple of this job. This’ll take you an average of 15 years to reach but the pay is amazing: $150,000 – $250,000.
Designer of Athletic/Active Wear
Entry level pays you $30,000 but an experienced, successful designer makes $90,000 – $200,000. Wow, I didn’t know it was THAT good!
They price out the material costs for a project and make $55,000 – $75,000.
Construction Project Managers
They oversee projects in construction and make $55,000 – $100,000+.
IT SQL Database Administrators
Pay is in the six figures at larger cities: $100,000+.
IT .NET and Java Developers
Similar to SQL DB administrators, they can get paid $100,000 and above. So I’m a database and Java engineer and am constantly surrounded by others of similar background. Though most of us aren’t hurting financially (and to be honest, some of us still get paid under $100,000), it’s not uncommon for us and other white collar professionals to feel the daily grind of long, intense hours and exhaustion. It gets pretty tough at the managerial level when more responsibility is heaped upon you and you need to account for the success of your team and projects, all usually under a restricted budget. The politics sucks like in any other place, but it’s still a creative job and pays decently.
Accounting: Staff Accountants
Pencil pushing and calculator tapping will get you $50,000 – $70,000. Not bad! I’ve considered this route earlier in my life.
Accounting: Financial Analysts
Your corporate financial skills can get you $55,000 – $100,000. I thought I’d try this out one day, but then it could just be a case of “out of the frying pan, into the fire.”
Looks like I’m supposed to be in good shape right? Well, it really all depends on where you live and the cost of living there. I said it then and I’ll say it again that the “well-paid” aspect of a job is but relative and needs to be reevaluated against its location. Here in Silicon Valley, one Java programmer alone is as stretched as anyone else, unless of course, he (or she) has no dependents. But two Java programmers in one household does make a difference; which unfortunately, is not our situation at this point in time. I still wonder how some of my colleagues are able to swing it here with one salary, a spouse and at least two kids. I’ve seen it happen, and I guess it CAN still happen… but they’re a dying breed around here.
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