While success in any field comes from a unique combination of hard work and talent, some jobs offer better rewards and more opportunities to climb the ladder. Let’s see what fields are the best for those looking to earn some serious cash and find professional success.
Finance and Accounting
We all deal with money, but not all of us know what we’re doing. This is exactly the reason why finance will always be a sound career planning choice. An overwhelming number of people (not to mention companies) need help to successfully manage their money, making accountant and financial planner jobs high in demand.
If you think you have a good head for numbers, starting a career in finance can be relatively straightforward, even if you are thinking about a career change. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have an economy or finance degree. There are plenty of practical accounting courses that will arm you with the knowledge necessary to start out on this path. This field offers both the opportunities for a regular job as well as self-employment.
The IT sector
This one is a no-brainer: after all the field is ever-expanding, well-paid and wide enough to encompass a plethora of interests, affinities and specialties. Technological advances are not stopping anytime soon, so working in the IT sector basically means that you will always be able to find a job.
Fields that have the best outlook for the future are the ones that are growing at the moment: big data, machine learning, robotics, Internet of Things. The industry is so hungry for workers that even complete beginners can easily find their place under the sun and then slowly work their way up as they learn and gain valuable experience. It is also the field with one of the biggest projected growth rates.
In recent years, marketing has drastically changed its focus from all other media to the internet. New jobs, like, for instance, social media manager, SEO expert, or content writer, are emerging all the time. While at times you might find yourself feeling dubious about them, the truth is that marketing is rapidly evolving, and a lot of these jobs have excellent career-building potential.
Apart from plenty of available openings and decent pay, another plus for this field is the possibility of freelancing. This is ideal for people who don’t like traditional 9 to 5 jobs, or for the growing tribe of digital nomads who prefer working out of the office.
The medical field will always be well paid and prestigious, for a few simple reasons. First of all, we all need doctors. Secondly, it takes a unique combination of superior intellect, years of extremely hard work, and emotional stamina to work in medicine. In other words, not just anyone can do it.
On average, a base salary for a doctor is almost $200 000 per year. However, apparently, not all doctors were created equal either. Specialists generally earn far more than their colleagues in primary care. The best-paid doctors are orthopedic surgeons and cardiologists. Fields like genetics and nanomedicine are the ones that will explode in the years to come.
Don’t forget that, while salary and employment opportunities are vital, it’s also impossible to build a successful career if you are not interested in your job, or have no talent and inclination for it. So, before making a decision, explore your options or maybe even consult an expert to help you discover which field you would excel in. Do some serious career planning steps in your process.
- Teens Guide to College Career Planning
- Justin Ross Muchnick
- Touchstone Books
- Nicholas Lore
- Michael Stebleton Ph. D., Michael Henle
- Edition no. 4 (05/30/2010)
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