8 Highest-Paying Careers in 2017

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Feel like it’s time to switch careers?

Is your current job not paying you all the $$$ that you had originally imagined it would?

You know you don’t have to stick around in a low-paying job. There are plenty of jobs offering very attractive wages out there, so how about considering a career change?!

Even if you have already been through college and have been in your current position for a number of years, it is never too late to jump ship and start on a different career path.

Sure, you might have to go back to school and study for some different qualifications, but all that hard work will certainly pay off once the big bucks start rolling in.

Things are always changing – I’m sure you have already heard of the saying ‘the only constant is change’ and that also rings true in the professional world. Wages and salaries are constantly changing, which means the highest-paying jobs often change.

But, now that we are approaching the end of 2017’s first quarter, we can now safely guestimate which careers are going to end up the highest-paying ones of this year.

And here they are in our roundup, which includes information on how to study for them and bag a position!

 

#1 Sales Manager

Do you think you have plenty of charm and can easily get people round to your way of thinking?

Well, you will be the perfect candidate for any sales manager position. As a sales manager, you will be responsible for selling a company’s products or services to customers. In B2B companies, you will need to sell to other businesses.

As part of the job, you will need to be able to successfully manage relationships with customers and clients, as well as work on new sales strategies and train new sales staff.

If you are in a different job right now, you shouldn’t have too many problems switching to sales. A marketing or business degree would help, but that isn’t always necessary.

You just need to be able to show that you are a fantastic seller and can get results!

 

#2 Nurse Anesthetist

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Surgeries are a very important part of the health industry, so there is no wonder that there are certain careers dedicated to ensuring that they always go as smoothly as possible.

And one of those positions is a nurse anesthetist. These anesthetists are in charge of putting the patient to sleep and making sure that they are asleep throughout the entire procedure.

To do this, you will need to know everything there is to know about inhaled gasses and intravenous drugs. If you fancy becoming a nurse anesthetist, you will need to take some time to retrain.

First of all, you will have to train to become a nurse and browse nursing vacancies in Staffnurse.com or other vacancy websites to get on the job experience.

After a year or so, you will then need to take further training to become a qualified anesthetist.

 

#3 Air Traffic Controller

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The highest-paid job of them all tends to be commercial aircraft pilots. However, there is a lot of training that goes into this job, and many hopeful pilots start at a very young age.

It also costs a lot as well! Unless you have the time and money, you probably won’t be able to switch to this career.

But you could very easily get into the closest job as it also offers a very desirable pay package. And that is a job as air traffic controller! Most people start off as an air traffic assistant and gain plenty of experience on the job.

After a few years, if you show potential, you will be able to train on the job and work your way up to the top air traffic controller.

Alternatively, you could take a training course as soon as you leave school. However, these courses are usually quite expensive.

 

#4 Financial Manager

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All companies need someone who manages the money that is coming in and going out of a company.

And this person is the financial manager. If you have a head for numbers, then you will fit very well into this position.

If you already have some experience of working with numbers and money, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble moving over to a career as a financial manager.

You will need a degree, but further qualifications aren’t necessary. Although, some people like to study for an MA or another graduate qualification to improve their chances of landing a top job.

 

#5 IT Director

IT and technology are big news for business these days. If it weren’t for them, many companies and businesses wouldn’t be as big as they are!

It’s fair to say that thanks to tech advances, many companies have gone from strength to strength. Because of this, IT Directors are now very highly regarded and command very high salaries indeed.

To get this kind of job IT skills are, of course, necessary. Not only that, though, but you will need to have lots of professional experience and will be required to demonstrate all your knowledge and skills.

If you don’t have any educational or professional IT experience, you can start studying on your own at home.

There are now lots of online sites that offer free courses that you can take from the comfort of your own home!

 

#6 CEOs

Another person in a company who earns big is the CEO.

This position is also known as Managing Director sometimes. There is one very easy way to get this title on your resume – you just need to set up your own business!

This can be in any industry or sector that you have experience in. Of course, once you start your business, you aren’t guaranteed to pull in a five-figure salary.

You will need to work hard to make sure your business is a success. And just hitting the big time isn’t enough! You then need to work tirelessly to keep your business hitting all your targets and goals.

If you don’t have the drive and motivation to lead a company, then you will find your business could quickly become a flop.

 

#7 Petroleum Engineer

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Petroleum engineers work in the oil industry and are continually trying to develop and implement new methods of discovering and tapping into sources of oil.

The government and industry want to develop new, more environmentally friendly ways of sourcing oil, so this career is currently in very high demand.

And, as an added bonus, you will get to travel quite a bit for your job. Most petroleum engineers work on oil rigs which are located across the globe.

The only problem is that if you don’t currently have any engineering experience, you will need to go back to college or university and get another degree.

 

#8 Psychiatrist

If you are interested in how the mind works and its effects on our behavior, then I’m sure you will enjoy working as a psychiatrist.

They work closely with patients who suffer from mental health problems and use both medicine and cognitive therapies to help treat them.

A degree in psychiatry is necessary, and once you have one, you have two choices. You can continue studying and work on the academic side, which involves research and developing new treatments.

Alternatively, you can look for a job in a hospital to work with patients.

 

Are You Interested in Any of These Careers?

As you can see, all the highest-paid careers are very varied. And it won’t be too tricky to retrain for one of these. The eventual advantages will certainly be worth it!

So which of these careers interest you?  I would love to hear your thoughts below.

Cheers!

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