Three High-Earning Careers That Aren’t Hard To Get Into — If You Have The Right Credentials

September 30, 2013  |  

Thinking about a career change? There are some positions that might be easier to obtain than others.  According to Yahoo, there are careers in a variety of fields that pay median salaries of $80,000 and up. Keep in mind, these aren’t entry-level positions; many of the positions require you to achieve a certain level of expertise or possess several years of experience. But if you have that experience, it might be time for a step up.

Here are three high-earning careers in demand.

Information Security Analyst: Median Annual Salary: $86,170,  90th Percentile: $135,600, 10th Percentile: $49,960

The reason these jobs may be plentiful is due to the growing number of  “cyber attack” striking a wide array of people, from small business owners to the United States government. “According to the U.S. Department of Labor, information security analysts stay informed about trends in cyber attacks and determine which technology will protect companies and organizations from these threats,” reports Yahoo.

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a similar area for a job in this field, notes the Department of Labor. Previous experience in a related position is also usually requitred.

Actuary: Median Annual Salary: $93,680, 90th Percentile: $175,330, 10th Percentile: $55,780

Companies use actuarial analysis to inform major decisions about capital and resources. “This career involves using statistical data and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur and design business strategies, such as insurance policies, to cut back on a company’s risk, notes the U.S. Department of Labor,” reports Yahoo.

Want to pursue a career as an actuary? According to the Department of Labor, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science, math, statistics, or business. And you may also be required to pass several actuarial exams.

Training and Development Manager: Median Annual Salary: $95,400, 90th Percentile: $164,640, 10th Percentile: $54,070

With the job market as tight as it is, training and development managers are needed to match up professionals with the right knowledge and skills they need to complete their jobs.

“According to the U.S. Department of Labor, training and development managers determine what kind of training employees need, develop and evaluate various training programs, and ensure that the training and development costs are under budget,” reports Yahoo.

A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient and that often these managers major in business administration, human resources, or a related field. Some posts may require a master’s degree.

Would you consider any of these?

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