Yahoo! posted an article today about 5 popular career paths that can help you bring in a great salary — over $100,000 a year! These kinds of earnings are possible, but don’t just happen overnight. It takes hard work and the right plan.
With the right education, and the right career roadmap, you can make it happen.
Consider the 5 careers below. If any of them interest you, get started on the path to a better job and higher salary today.
- Nurse Practitioner $101,098*
- Advertising and Marketing Manager $105,960**
- Medical and Health Services Manager $137,800***
- Management Accountant $102,380***
- Education Administrator $124,250***
The road to a higher salary is fairly predictable and can be broken down into 2 easy steps:
- Get an education, and start gaining work experience.
- Improve your earning potential by working hard and increasing your education.
1. Become a Nurse Practitioner
Nurse practitioners work with doctors to develop treatment plans, prescribe medications and diagnose or treat illnesses. The path to $100k is:
- Earn a nursing diploma or degree. RNs have an average salary of $65,130
- Earn a masters degree in nursing. This is required by almost all employers.
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2. Become an Advertising and Marketing Manager
Advertising or Marketing Managers combine their skills in market research, market strategy sales and advertising. Creativity and communication skills are a must. The path to $100K is:
- Most ad managers start with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, marketing or public relations (PR). The average salary for a PR specialist is $58,960.
- The next step is an MBA. Choose a concentration that plays to your strengths. Consider additional management training programs.
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3. Become a Medical and Health Services Manager
Healthcare Managers must plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the efforts of doctors and nurses in a hospital or clinical department. The path to $100K is:
- Earn a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management, health care administration or business administration. Seek out experience managing a small department or family practice (average salary: $47,152), to prepare you for bigger things.
- An MBA or masters in healthcare management will help you make the transition to bigger roles, more responsibility, and of course a larger salary.
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4. Become a Management Accountant
Accountants help companies or individuals budget or analyze their expenses. Attention to detail and an analytical mind are a must for this job. The path to $100K:
- Start with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance. On average accountants start at $48,993 and gain valuable experience working with senior accountants.
- The next steps include becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earning a masters or MBA in accounting.
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5. Become an Education Administrator
Education Administrators give leadership and direction at elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges. They develop academic programs, train teachers, manage staff members and oversee budgets and finances of their school. The path to $100K is:
- Many administrators start as teachers, with a bachelor’s in education or the field you would like to teach (like history, science or math). Teachers earn $47,100 on average. Teaching in a college or university typically requires a master’s degree or higher.
- To become an administrator, you’ll need a Master’s degree in education.
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Whichever career field you pursue, notice the pattern: More education + more experience = More money.
Unless otherwise noted, all salary data is from the U.S. Department of Labor.
*The average annual salary represents the highest ten percent of workers in this field. Salary data from Salary.com.
**The average annual salary represents the median average of workers in this field. Salary data from U.S. Department of Labor.
***The average annual salary represents the highest ten percent of workers in this field. Salary data from U.S. Department of Labor.