Which good-paying jobs have the best outlook for long-term growth? Here’s a list of career areas that pay well and seem to have a good future, according CNBC.
The good news is that there are jobs for a variety of interests. The only one on the list that does not require 4 years of college is the career of dental hygienist. With only two years of post-high school training, a very nice salary can be had.
Also see the link near the bottom of this post for 21 jobs with high pay that do not require college.
It’s not too surprising that people with higher math and computer skills continue to do well. Those of us with people skills and patience do well as audiologists, dental hygienists, and occupational therapists. Financial planners combine math abilities with people skills. It can be argued that most workers benefit from having at least some people skills.
Here’s the run-down with the jobs in most demand listed at the top. I’ve listed the rounded yearly salary at the top of the range for each job. I added an asterisk (*) by those jobs that seem to be difficult to offshore. That’s just my guess; I could be wrong.
1. Software Engineers 88k
Facebook, Twitter, online games, etc. all use software engineers. As new products increase, so will the jobs in this area.
2. Actuary 88k
If you hate numbers, this is not the job for you. It’s all numbers. Statistics used by insurance companies, banks, and other businesses are provided by actuaries.
3. Human Resources Administrator 99k (*)
Yes, the people who hire and fire. The bigger the company or organization, the higher the salary you can expect.
4. Dental Hygienist, 68k (*)
After 2 years of training at a community college, you can be making a very nice salary. As the baby boomers age there should be a growing need for dental hygienists. Working in a small town would yield lower salaries than in a city.
5. Financial Planner 104k (*)
Again, with baby boomers moving closer to retirement, there will be increasing demand for these well-paid jobs. It seems like everyone I talk to has a financial planner now.
6. Audiologist 67k (*)
This is a good medical career that does not expose you to infection like you might get in other healthcare jobs. You have regular hours and all that quiet has to be very low stress. Also possibly boring, but you can’t have everything.
7. Occupational Therapist 72k (*)
I’d think this would be a very rewarding career for those with patience and an upbeat personality. You can make a huge difference in someone’s life and make a good salary doing it. It’s another healthcare area with little exposure to disease.
8. Online Advertising Manager 87k
Mad Men it is not. But it is the growth area of advertising. This is a good area for those with business skills and inclinations.
9. Computer Systems Analyst 78k
This is higher level computer engineering. I don’t really have a clue about it, but you can research it if you think this might be you.
10. Mathematician 99k
If you are good at math, the world is your oyster. Parents please don’t tell your children how you are “not good at math.” The attitude is catching. Instead encourage them to work on
their math skills. For most people it’s just a matter of putting in more time on it. Check out the free online Khan_Academy for good learn-at-your-own-pace free tutoring that many people really like. Just about anybody, including adults, can improve their math and science skills there.
It’s so important to do your homework about any job. Talk to people in those jobs now and get information from schools about a career before you commit to a career path.
Click here for CNBC’s take on the list. Note that the article is from 2012 and things change in the job market all the time. As of Spring, 2016, this information seems to still be relevant.
Postscript About Welding Jobs
I’ve been getting questions about welding as a good job. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook ( a good source for all job outlooks) says $36,300 was the median (most usual for all welders) yearly pay. This includes pay for overtime which is common. The negatives include dangerous working conditions including working on high platforms and carrying heavy objects. A positive is that you need only a high school diploma to start the short training program. The government says job growth for welders is slower than for most jobs. Robotic welding is taking away more and more jobs, but there are still situations where a human welder is needed.