Tips For Finding The Best Paying Careers

The best paying careers aren’t going to find you, but they are out there waiting for you to find them. If you’re looking to raise your standard of living, you’re going to have to do some work. You can make the process a lot easier by following these tips for finding the best paying careers.

 You May Need A Complete Career Change

If you’re in a job that traditionally offers only low career salaries, your search for higher pay might mean a career change is in order. You can check the average low, median and high salaries for your current profession by using this free Salary Wizard. Simply enter your job title and your zip code. Why your zip code? See the next tip for the answer.

If you determine that you current job is never pay you what you want to earn, check out this list of Best Paying Careers.

You May Need To Move

Salaries for the exact same position can vary widely depending upon where you live. For example, if you live in an area that has no state income tax, you can expect that to be factored into the payscale. The same goes for the “sunshine benefit” that results in lower salaries for people who live in the Southeast.

You can see geographic-based salary data by looking at this list of 2006 geographic salary differentials for select US cities.  

You May Need To Go Back To School

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Professional certifications are driving salary increases for IT professionals, while MBA degrees are opening up the doors to higher paying jobs in non-technical industries.”

USA Today reports that “Salaries and signing bonuses of fresh (MBA) graduates took a double-digit jump in 2005 to a record average $106,000.”

You can get a good idea of what the current education requirements are for the position that you’re seeking by checking out the hiring requirements of the Fortune Magazine’s 100 Top Paying Companies.

You don’t have to settle for mediocre pay, all you have to do is decide that it’s time for a change and then make that change happen. One way to start the process is to read  Fast Track Careers: A Guide to the Highest Paying Jobs (Career Blazers) by William Lewis and Nancy Schuman.