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Jobs that Pay $90,000

The more money you earn, the more you spend or so goes the old saying. The cautionary advice warns cash-strapped dreamers that earning more money won’t solve all your problems and you’ll actually find yourself just as broke as before you were raking in the dough.
While that may be true for many people, you probably wouldn’t brush away the chance to receive a bigger paycheck. The extra income could give you more mad money, be a chance to boost your savings account, or keep you from living paycheck to paycheck. With a national median income of $42,504 a salary nearly triple that amount would be a big financial boost for many Americans. 
To give you an overview of who’s earning these salaries, we put together a list of 10 jobs with salaries in the $90,000* range. In addition to their salaries, you’ll find the prerequisites necessary to obtain these jobs and the industries that employ the most of each occupation.
Here are 10 jobs that earn between $90,000 and $99,999:
1. Computer hardware engineers are invested in the research, conception and manufacturing of computer hardware, which includes computer monitors, keyboards, chips and other similar items.**
Requirements: Computer hardware engineers should have at least an undergraduate engineering degree with coursework pertaining to their field.***
Top industries: Computer systems design and related services; semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing; computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing.
Annual median salary: $91,860

2. Postsecondary health specialties teachers specialize in a variety of medical fields, including veterinary medicine, dentistry, therapy, pharmacy and others.

Requirements: Most universities require a Ph.D. for permanent positions, but a master’s degree is often acceptable for part-time or temporary teachers.
Top industries: Colleges, universities and professional schools; junior colleges; general medical and surgical hospitals.
Annual median salary: $98,234

3. Postsecondary business teachers teach courses on business administration, finance, marketing and other related topics at colleges, universities and vocational schools.

Requirements: To obtain a full-time, permanent position, business teachers should have a master’s degree with the right combination of experience or a Ph.D.
Top industries: Colleges, universities and professional schools; junior colleges; business schools and computer and management training.
Annual median salary: $98,096

4. Computer and information research scientists use their research to address new problems in computer software and hardware. Research scientists working in universities might focus on theory more than those working for other employers.

Requirements: Research scientists need a Ph.D. (most likely in computer science), though you can find some lower-level jobs with a bachelor’s or master’s.
Top industries: Computer systems design and related services; federal executive branch (OES designation); scientific research and development services.
Annual median salary: $97,970

5. Physicists study the principles of motion, energy, structure and matter. Whether they concentrate on applied sciences or take a more theoretical route, all physicists work toward understanding how the laws of physics impact the universe.

Requirements: A Ph.D. in physics and related work and research experience are necessary for teaching and research work.
Top industries: Scientific research and development services; federal executive branch (OES designation); colleges, universities and professional schools.
Annual median salary: $96,850

6. Marketing managers formulate a marketing firm’s strategy by targeting customers, appropriate markets and responding to competition. They work with other marketing professionals to publicize via radio, TV, the Internet and other outlets.

Requirements: Many employers require a four-year or graduate degree in business administration with coursework related to your specific industry.
Top industries: Management of companies and enterprises; computer systems design and related services; management, scientific and technical consulting services.
Annual median salary: $95,320

7. Sales managers oversee a company’s sales strategy, which can mean training salespeople and assigning territories to cover. They help the company reach its sales goals as well as maintain good relationships with vendors and distributors.

Requirements: A college or graduate degree and a relevant internship or experience in your industry.
Top industries: Management of companies and enterprises; automobile dealers; wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers.
Annual median salary: $94,910

8. Petroleum engineers look for drilling locations that contain natural gas or oil. They study the geographic traits of the sites and work with other specialists to find the most efficient way to pump out the oil or gas.

Requirements: Entry-level engineering positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, though academic work in other sciences can be helpful.
Top industries: Oil and gas extraction; support activities for mining; petroleum and coal products manufacturing.
Annual median salary: $94,330

9. Optometrists provide eye care to patients who need exams, glasses, contact lenses or other vision-related services. They test and treat patients for vision problems and diseases, such as color blindness and glaucoma.

Requirements: A Doctorate of Optometry is required to be a practicing optometrist, and a residency can boost your chances of landing a job.
Top industries: Offices of other health practitioners; offices of physicians; health and personal care stores.
Annual median salary: $93,800

10. Postsecondary atmospheric, earth, marine and space sciences teachers teach courses on various physical sciences, excluding chemistry and physics. They divide their time between the teaching in the classroom and researching their specialty.

Requirements: Postsecondary teachers will need at least a master’s degree in order to teach, parttime or temporarily, while full-time, tenure-track positions require a Ph.D.
Top industries: Colleges, universities and professional schools; junior colleges.
Annual median salary: $93,606
* Salary data according to the most recent National Compensation Survey, provided by the BLS.
**Job descriptions based on data from CBSalary.com and the BLS.
***Job requirements and top industry information based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder writer
 

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10 Jobs that Pay $70,000 Per Year

Still wondering if that college degree is worth the cost of tuition? A study from online salary database PayScale.com found that people who hold four-year college degrees will earn approximately 50 percent more than a high school grad over the course of their careers.

Even if you graduate with the average level of education debt — about $21,000, according to The Project on Student Debt — there are a range of jobs out there to help you pay it off before the term of the loan is up, if you’re diligent.

Here are ten jobs that earn at least $70,000 per year, according to PayScale, in industries that are expected to grow through 2018.

Nursing Home Manager – $75,300

If you are service-oriented, enjoy solving problems, and want your work to have meaning, consider a career in long term care management. According to the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NABWEB), the increasing number of aging Americans and their improved longevity mean that demand for long term health care is on the rise. “Long term care administration exercises management and leadership skills on a daily basis to operate a business that is truly caring for people who have critical needs,” notes Steven Chies, vice president of operations, Long Term Care Services, Benedictine Health System.

Video Game Producer – $73,200

If you don’t mind working so others can play, developing gaming software may be your ticket to a good paycheck. Think it’s a niche market? The International Game Developers Association (IGDA), the largest nonprofit membership organization serving individuals who create video games, reports that interactive entertainment takes in about $9 billion dollars in the US alone. According to IGDA data, “Games are expected to surpass film box-office revenues in the next couple of years, making it the fastest growing segment of the entertainment market, and an excellent field for career advancement.”

Market Research Manager – $71,900

Want to know what makes people tick? Then there’s no better career than analyzing market research data for a business or an advertising agency. It’s a rapidly growing field, too, thanks to the competition between companies to grab market share in a tough economy. According to the BLS, demand for market and survey researchers is projected to grow 28 percent in the next few years, much faster than the average. Even better, there is no single path to entry into the field, though a business degree with a concentration in marketing is helpful. Likewise, earning a Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) from the Marketing Research Association can help you stand out from the competition.

Department Store Buyer – $70,100

Who says retail is struggling? Recent market research suggests that consumers are less uptight about spending as the post-recession. Amid this optimism, the BLS indicated the outlook for the buying and purchasing job market will enjoy 7 percent growth as we head into the next decade. Becoming a buyer for a major retail outlet usually requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration or other relevant area. Many senior-level execs began their careers as assistant buyers, but remember to turn your years of toil in a store into an asset as many entry-level jobs require general retail experience.

Regional Sales Manager – $72,600

If you enjoy working with people and have a persuasive personality, you’re probably a natural salesperson. Add in organizational and managerial expertise and you can snag the big bucks. Years of sales experience in any industry often count as much as an undergraduate degree in this expanding field. The BLS indicates that sales and marketing managers and their departments constitute some of the most important personnel in an organization and are less subject to downsizing or outsourcing than are other types of managers. Though competition is keen, the BLS estimates the field to grow by 15 percent through 2018 and certification from the National Association of Sales Professionals can put you ahead of the pack.

Geologist – $79,600

The increasing need for energy sources, environmental protection, and responsible land and water management will spur employment demand for geologists by 18 percent over the next decade. Geologists with a bachelor’s degree often begin their careers in field exploration or as research assistants or as lab technicians. Though only a handful of states require licensure, in order stay on top of the latest technologies and scientific findings, geologists should pursue continuing education and advanced credentialing according to the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Financial Controller – $72,000

If you’ve got a head for numbers you’ll be indispensible to a variety of businesses. Almost every company and government agency employs one or more financial managers to oversee preparation of financial reports, direct investment activities, and implement cash management strategies. That’s also the reason the job market for this role is expected to grow by 8 percent through 2018, according to the BLS. A four-year degree is required to land an entry-level position but continuing education is critical to be able to keep up with global trade trends and changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Professional certifications from the likes of the CFA Institute can also broaden skills and boost earning power.

FBI Agent – $76,700

There’s no such thing as a typical day when you work for the FBI, according to the agency. FBI special agents are responsible for conducting sensitive national security investigations and for enforcing over 300 federal statutes including public corruption, civil rights, bribery, fugitive and drug-trafficking matters. With a college degree, three year’s work experience, and qualifying under one of the special agent entry programs, including accounting, information technology, language, and law, you could be on your way to an exciting and high-paying career.

Systems Analyst – $75,400

Computer geeks will be laughing all the way to the bank if they land a job as one of the growing number of systems analysts who help businesses and other organizations determine which computers and software to buy, and integrate into their existing systems. Demand for analysts will increase by 20 percent alongside the development of sophisticated technologies and the need to protect information. Employers are looking for candidates with degree in a technical field such as computer science, applied mathematics, engineering, or management information systems (MIS).

School Principal – $78,400

As a generation that’s even more populous than the Boomers, Millenials (born between 1981-1999) are the reason many schools are bursting at the seams. That’s why the BLS is predicting the demand for school principals to grow by 8 percent in the next decade. A master’s degree in education is required for the position and states require that principals to be licensed as school administrators.

Source: All salary data is from PayScale.com. The salaries listed are median, annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

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Which Top 10 Careers Will Pay Better in 2011

Whether you managed to survive the recession with your job intact, or you’ve recently landed yourself a new position after being laid off, 2011 could be a good year for your paycheck.
Although employers aren’t yet ready to start hiring like crazy, they are encouraged by signs of growth and are willing to expand budgets a little and start giving out raises in an effort to hold on to the talent they already have.
Surveys show that on average, raises won’t be as great as they were right before the recession (2005-2007), but they will be better than they were last year. Below we have the top 10 career areas that will experience the best raises this year.

1. Utilities: Energy
Expected pay increase: 3.6%
Jobs in the energy industry are expected to see the largest salary increases of all the industries on our list at about 3.6 percent. Energy research positions are always in demand but positions dealing specifically with clean and renewable energy are leading current growth trends.

2. Oil & Gas
Expected pay increase: 3.5%
The oil and gas industry gets a bad rap — but it isn’t all environmental disasters and price hikes at the pump. Careers in fossil fuel research such as petroleum engineering and making fossil fuels work together with renewable energy sources are especially relevant in today’s market.

3. Business & Professional Services
Expected pay increase: 3.2%
Business and professional services are what keep the rest of the world turning and moving smoothly, as industries grow and consumers spend. Those working in this “catch-all” industry category can expect to see pay increases of about 3.2 percent.

4. Hospitality & Restaurant
Expected pay increase: 3.0%
Restaurants, hotel chains, and other hospitality-based businesses are planning to increase employee compensation by an average of 3.0 percent this year, which means they’re feeling confident that consumers will be spending more on their non-essential services and small but indulgent “extras.”

5. Telecommunications
Expected pay increase: 2.9%
Technology is booming in the telecommunications industry as the latest technology gets smaller and faster while everything continues to go wireless. Demand for new and improved products and services for both consumers and businesses, as well as the need for decision makers to stay on the cutting edge, will propel the industry forward this year and allow for modest pay increases of about 2.9 percent.

6. Pharmaceutical
Expected pay increase: 2.9%
Pharmaceutical research is chronically underfunded, and pharmacists seem to always be in short supply; but whether you’re on the scientific side or the sales side, you will likely see positive growth and pay increases just under 3 percent.

7. Retail
Expected pay increase: 2.8%
The successful 2010 holiday shopping season was a sign that consumers are willing to start spending again — and when consumers spend, so do retailers. Hiring may be slow and jobs competitive, but look for raises around 2.8 percent for top performers.

8. Health care
Expected pay increase: 2.8%
The health-care industry is a monster under scrutiny that’s undergoing painful changes and overhauls, but it’s also an absolute necessity and offers a virtually endless supply of career options, avenues, and specialties to pursue. In addition to seeing raises around 2.8 percent, most health-care employees will also enjoy working in a field that made our Top 10 Most Secure Jobs of 2011 list.

9. Banking
Expected pay increase: 2.7%
Banking and financial services took a major hit during the recession, but in the end it’s an industry few can live without. Some areas, like debt management and retirement planning, are actually doing quite well. Those working in banking can look for pay increases around 2.7 percent this year.
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10. Education
Expected pay increase: 2.6%
Teachers and education professionals are almost always underpaid  but thankfully the education industry squeaks onto our list with an expected average salary increase of 2.6 percent in 2011 although with budgets and funding varying widely across schools, individual experiences will also vary.
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By Rigel Celeste for AOL Jobs

11 Hot Fields for Hiring in 2011

Occupational experts like Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., say that America is climbing out of recession and job opportunities are better now than they’ve been for a long time. But what does this mean for people hoping to advance their career? What can they do in 2011 to be strong candidates in the future job market?

Shatkin answers these essential questions in his book “2011 Career Plan: The Best Moves Now for a Solid Future.” In it, he explains that the recovery is a steady upswing, not a hiring boom, and that people will need to be strategic about how and where they pursue employment.
“Jobs are not expected to be plentiful in 2011 or for several years afterward. In fact, we may see a repeat of what happened after the recession of 2001, when 39 months passed before employment rose back to pre-recession levels. This recovery is also a patchwork affair, with some industries bouncing back much faster than others. For example, in March 2010, while manufacturers were adding jobs, the news and information business was still losing jobs,” says Shatkin. “That’s why ‘I’ll find something’ is not an adequate career plan for 2011. You need to choose a specific goal and develop a smart strategy to take advantage of the opportunities that 2011 does have to offer.”
One career strategy Shatkin recommends is to focus on fast-growing fields, where job opportunities tend to be more plentiful than in fields where jobs are slow-growing or disappearing. According to Shatkin and information from the U.S. Department of Labor, the following 11 fields are projected to grow fastest through 2018.
1. Management, scientific and technical consulting services
Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; industrial engineers; financial analysts; customer service representatives; and public relations specialists
2. Computer systems design and related services
Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; network and computer systems administrators; accountants and auditors; computer software engineers, systems software; and computer support specialists
3. Social assistance, except child day care
Hottest jobs in this field: medical and public health social workers; special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school; first-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers; occupational therapists; and social and human service assistants
Hottest jobs in this field: network and computer systems administrators; computer systems analysts; computer support specialists; market research analysts; and customer service representatives
5. Scientific research and development services
Hottest jobs in this field: biomedical engineers; network systems and data communications analysts; biochemists and biophysicists; medical scientists, except epidemiologists; and compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety and transportation
7. Employment services
Hottest jobs in this field: accountants and auditors; customer service representatives; construction laborers; computer software engineers, systems software; and computer software engineers, applications
Hottest jobs in this field: heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers; septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners; telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers; purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail and farm products; and cost estimators
Hottest jobs in this field: preschool teachers, except special education; special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school; office clerks, general; kindergarten teachers, except special education; and first-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers
Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety and transportation; compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists; market research analysts; and customer service representatives
Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; self-enrichment education teachers; customer service representatives; loan counselors; and medical scientists, except epidemiologists
Shatkin reminds people to “keep in mind that these 11 fields are not the only fields where job opportunities will be available in 2011. They’re fast-growing, but jobs can still be found in many fields that are not growing as fast even shrinking.”
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