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    Hot, High-Paying Career Sectors

    Katherine Preston - September 22, 2011


    In today's labor market, a well-paid, lucrative job may sound like wishful thinking. We have all heard grim stories of unsuccessful job hunting, but the news is not all dire. According to career site PayScale.com, the good news is that certain industries are still offering
    fast growing jobs in this otherwise slow-growth economy.

    Not all jobs are 'hot,' but those looking to start a new career might be helped by looking specifically at certain jobs that pay well in growing industries. These jobs are largely specialized roles that require dedication and are traditionally available to those with a bachelor's degree.

    The following list uses data from PayScale to rank the top 10 jobs in terms of the pay you will receive after you have gained some years of experience, the necessary education (traditionally a bachelor's degree), the job's commonness and the years of experience that it will take to reach your plateau.

    Mechanical Engineer - $73,200
    - After Three Years Experience

    For people just starting their careers, mechanical engineering is a good place to begin because it is one of the broadest and most in demand of the engineering disciplines. In short, mechanical engineers use science and mathematics to plan and design tools, engines and machines. Many of these engineers work in manufacturing - chiefly for companies that make primary and fabricated materials, machinery and electrical and transportation equipment. Others work for government agencies, colleges and universities, and consulting firms.

    Electrical Engineer - $84,700
    - After Three Years Experience

    A job in electrical engineering involves designing, developing and maintaining electrical systems and/or components to required specifications, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability. They may specialize in areas such as power systems, equipment manufacturing or building design. Although jobs in electrical engineering are competitive, statistics show that there is an exponential increase in electrical engineering salaries after just a few years of experience.


    Manufacturing Engineer - $73,900
    - After Three Years Experience

    As the final engineering category in our grouping, manufacturing engineers design and improve manufacturing systems. They may work with commercial and industrial designers to increase production, decrease costs and refine a product's design and may also look into solutions on how manufacturers can edge out the competition. As well as understanding the technical engineering aspects of the role, an ideal candidate must have an interest in understanding the international marketplace and logistics.


    Software Developer - $82,400
    - After Four Years Experience

    Software developers build the modules or layers of code that create software programs to run on computers or electronic devices. They are currently in high demand because tech startups and giants like Facebook and Google can't recruit enough top in-house engineering talent fast enough to keep pace with rivals. Developers need to have strong communication, creative problem solving and analytical skills.

    Web Developer - $60,900
    - After Three Years Experience

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, the overall job outlook in the field of web development is expected to grow "much faster" than other occupations. Web developers and web designers can choose to freelance (the job pool is vast and varied) or they can work for corporations, schools, non-profits, government organizations or for design firms. Not only do they need to understand technology, they need to be creative problems solvers with strong communication skills.


    Financial Analyst - $62,600
    - After Three Years Experience

    Financial
    analysts help businesses, individuals and organizations to make the best possible investment decisions. The industry is currently hot because of increased complexity and global diversification of investments and growth in overall amount of assets under management. Hiring is being conducted by private firms, hospitals, non-profits, local state and federal governments, and colleges. According to Mindflash, there's a 20% projected hiring growth and 49,600 projected openings in 2011. Interested applicants should show a mind for research, strong communication, analytical skills and proficiency with borrowing structures.

    Financial Advisor - $93,900
    - After Three Years Experience

    Financial advisors provide clients with advice on financial matters, making recommendations on ways to best utilize their money. They provide a broad range of budgeting, tax, investment, and estate advice and there are many career pathways such as working for large financial services firms, boutique advisory practices or as solo practitioners. Financial advisors can enjoy a very high ceiling on income potential as their expertise grows.


    Employment Recruiter - $55,400
    - After Three Years Experience

    Certain industries are benefiting from the challenging job market, and it should be no surprise that employment recruiters are in high demand for their services to assist the unemployed in finding a suitable job. Employment recruiters' daily duties consist of searching out candidates for specific job openings, reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, administering employment tests, keeping up on rules regarding employment and possibly marketing services to independent companies. For this role an outgoing personality and an understanding of the nuances of the market is a necessity.


    Construction Estimator - $67,400
    - After Three Years Experience

    Construction estimators create cost estimates for construction companies based on materials, labor, location and projected timelines. They may work on residential, commercial or municipal building projects. Those interested in this field need to demonstrate strong math and analytical skills, an eye for detail and interpersonal skills for coordinating team members.


    Project Engineer, Construction - $69,200
    - After Three Years Experience

    Project engineers plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities. The ideal candidate is a strong leader who is organized and has some practical experience in the construction business. The project engineer has the responsibility for making sure that the project is finished on time and they have to coordinate everything from workers to heavy equipment rental and materials delivery.


    The Bottom Line


    All of these jobs only require a bachelor's degree, but there is always room for increased income with more expertise and possibly a graduate degree. If you're trained for a career in engineering you stand to be well compensated right out of the gate.
    Engineering dominates the list of top-paid majors, according to results of a new survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). All top 10 require the practical application of math at some level. Most importantly, they all require dedication to learn a craft, so interest and enjoyment in your chosen career is essential.

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    GAH! Technology field. I hate it.
    My future job will do $30k at best insha'Allah.
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    so telling lies, making exaggerated claims and false promises (aka financial advisor) pays the most.
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    10 Most Popular Jobs and What They Pay

    October 6, 2011

    Not everyone hates their job. Some workers feel good where they put their time and energy from 9-5. Check out the 10 most popular jobs based on employee satisfaction.

    Could it be? That some people actually like what they do for a living and enjoy going to work every morning? PayScale conducted a survey earlier this year asking workers how satisfied they were with their job, and compiled a list of the top 10 most popular jobs and what they pay. Check to see if your occupation made the list:

    Operating Room Registered Nurse

    These nurses play a key role in helping save lives on the operating room table and top the list of most satisfied.

    Median annual salary: $61,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 81%


    Physical Therapist

    Physical therapists get the gratification of helping people recover from surgeries, injuries and all sorts of ailments.

    Median annual salary: $69,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 80%


    Environmental Engineer

    Environmental engineers get the satisfaction of working to develop methods and best practices to keep maintain clean air, water and land.

    Median annual salary: $63,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 80%


    Athletic Trainer

    Athletic trainers are highly-skilled professionals that help people prevent and recover from injuries and help athletes become powerhouses.

    Median annual salary: $39,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 79%


    Dietitian

    Dietitians work to help people improve their health through nutrition and meal plan assistance and aid people dealing with diabetes, weight maintenance and other dietary issues.

    Median annual salary: $49,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 78%


    Elementary School Teacher

    What is more satisfying than inspiring young people and challenging them to learn and shaping our future leaders?

    Median annual salary: $41,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 78%


    Intelligence Analyst

    Intelligence analysts research, collect and analyze data to assist clients such as the police or armed forces to protect the homeland.

    Median annual salary: $69,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 76%


    Computer Networking/IT Systems Engineer

    Computer network engineers spend their days trouble shooting and solving IT problems as well as designing, setting up and improving computer networks for organizations.

    Median annual salary: $70,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 75%


    Dental Hygienist

    Dental hygienists teach patients better oral care and give people a brighter, healthier smile. And we all know smiles are contagious.

    Median annual salary: $68,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 74%


    Technical Writer

    Technical writers can work in a variety of fields and are tasked with taking complicated topics and making it understandable for a general audience.

    Median annual salary: $56,000
    Percentage of respondents who are satisfied: 71%


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    I agree with the article but once again my field is left out. Chemical engineers are highly paid engineers after petroleum engineers. It requires a lot of hard work but in the end its worth it.:wasalam:
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    At end of the day this is nothing more than a list somebody made up who thinks these are the top paying jobs or best careers out there. There is no absolute answer, there are many great careers and great paying jobs out there. Most medical and engineering fields are your solid almost never fail you careers.
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    You must be so smart, subhan Allah.
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    ^^:salam2:

    you dont have to be smart with 4.0 GPA to be an engineer you just need to work hard and learn never to give up.:wasalam:
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    YAY! Thats ME! :)
    Agree! Alhamdulillah I have all freedom to implement my crazy ideas but not taken so warmly by the actual people who have to do them! People still need more awareness on Env. issues.. ok, thats another thread...
    but definite 100% job satisfaction :) ALHAMDULILLAH!
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    lol i'm civil engineer and can't find job yet

    "Project Engineer, Construction - $69,200 - After Three Years Experience

    Project engineers plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities. The ideal candidate is a strong leader who is organized and has some practical experience in the construction business. The project engineer has the responsibility for making sure that the project is finished on time and they have to coordinate everything from workers to heavy equipment rental and materials delivery."
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    salam alikom,

    wow you're all so lucky for having the opportunity to be engineers and what not!

    In my family, it's either be a doctor or die...

    lol

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