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MONEY Magazine and Salary.com top 50 jobs

Ditto Much

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Rank Career Job growth Average pay

1 Software engineer 46.07% $80,427
2 College professor 31.39% $81,491
3 Financial advisor 25.92% $122,462
4 Human resources manager 23.47% $73,731
5 Physician assistant 49.65% $75,117
6 Market research analyst 20.19% $82,317
7 Computer/IT analyst 36.10% $83,427
8 Real estate appraiser 22.78% $66,216
9 Pharmacist 24.57% $91,998
10 Psychologist 19.14% $66,359
11 Advertising manager 20.34% $107,049
12 Physical therapist 36.74% $54,883
13 Technical writer 23.22% $57,841
14 Chiropractor 22.40% $84,996
15 Medical scientist 34.06% $70,053
16 Physical scientist 12.18% $80,213
17 Engineer 13.38% $76,100
18 Curriculum developer 27.53% $55,793
19 Editor 14.77% $78,242
20 Public relations specialist 22.61% $84,567
21 Sales manager 19.67% $135,903
22 Optometrist 19.73% $93,670
23 Property manager 15.30% $78,375
24 Actuary 23.16% $81,509
25 Writer 17.72% $60,519
26 Social service manager 25.52% $74,584
27 Paralegal 29.75% $61,204
28 Health services manager 22.76% $92,211
29 Advertising sales agent 16.33% $112,683
30 Physician/Surgeon 23.98% $247,536
31 Management analyst 20.12% $63,426
32 Occupational therapist 33.61% $51,973
33 Mental health counselor 27.18% $53,150
34 Landscape architect 19.43% $50,383
35 Biotechnology research scientist 17.05% $66,393
36 Urban planner 15.17% $60,891
37 Lawyer 14.97% $153,923
38 Speech-language pathologist 14.57% $58,329
39 Meeting and convention planner 22.21% $56,072
40 Dietitian/Nutritionist 18.30% $52,244
41 Biological scientist 17.03% $61,317
42 Financial analyst 17.33% $66,203
43 Dentist 13.52% $122,883
44 Accountant 22.43% $62,575
45 Environmental scientist 17.11% $59,027
46 Lab technologist 20.53% $51,502
47 Registered nurse 29.35% $68,872
48 Sales engineer 13.96% $78,875
49 Veterinarian 17.39% $79,923
50 School Administrator 14.55% $73,767

yay to being in the top 10, but its still a shitty ass career
 

deep

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Yeah, some of these numbers seem off. And I'm curious as to how exactly they came up with these rankings.
 
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Gravid

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deep said:
Yeah, some of these numbers seem off. And I'm curious as to how exactly they came up with these rankings.
I have been involved with similar type survey rankings and they basically don't do any research, but send out surveys to companies and have them offer to participate in exchange for some free press. This one would probably also ask for info from organizations and associations dealing with those industries in exchange for exposure to help with promoting and recruiting for their field.
Basically, it a such a narrow sample that a couple rare high income earners in any field will completely mess up the salary numbers.
 
deevah said:
what HR mgr makes $40K+? mebbe an HR Dir...
HR Dir @ a large company would make 120+
Managers @ a large company would make 90K+.

Depends on the size of your company, and often whether labour relations is involved.

All those figures are pretty generic - chiropractor = 84k?!
 
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deep

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Here's the source link Dingbat Much omitted:

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/

Although it's cute to be personally in the top 10, I really suspect any set of analysis criteria that puts a doctor at 30th on the list of best jobs. Here's their methodology:

How we picked the best jobs
We started with growing fields...and then started cutting.
Money Magazine
April 12, 2006: 10:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (MONEY) - To find the best jobs in America, MONEY Magazine and Salary.com, a leading provider of employee compensation data and software, began by assembling a list of positions that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will grow at an above-average rate over 10 years and that require at least a bachelor's degree.

Using Salary.com compensation data, we eliminated jobs with average pay below $50,000; total employment of less than 15,000; dangerous work environments; or fewer than 800 annual job openings, including both new and replacement positions.

Next we rated positions by stress levels, flexibility in hours and working environment, creativity, and how easy it is to enter and advance in the field.

We then ranked the jobs, giving double weight to compensation and percentage growth. Data for the top 50 appear here. Any job that fell in the bottom third of two job-satisfaction categories, or in the pay or growth category, was removed from consideration for the top 10.
 

Ditto Much

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Also important to point out is that American salaries are actually significantly higher than the exact same job in Canada. Last time I was on the job search last year in Toronto I was interviewing for Canadian positions at %30 less than the exact same position in the USA. Toronto however was paying slightly higher in my profession than most of Canada thus you will notice my location...

And for reference sake I did better than the posted average in each of my US interviews and significantly less in each of my Canadian ones.
 

quantumize

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deep said:
Yeah, some of these numbers seem off. And I'm curious as to how exactly they came up with these rankings.
some of these figures seem way off, because i dont know any paralegals making 60K plus a year

EDIT : i just realized, i know a few in the private field, and they are in this neighborhood...oops
 
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deep

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To be fair however, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a reputable data source. All the information they provide is obtained from US Census and tax sources, so there's not as much risk of bias as say a market research company or an industry advocacy group.
 

Boo

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What does the job growth mean?

Last time I looked in Canada, Accountants and Analysts had a declining growth prospects.
 

Boo

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Ditto Much said:
Also important to point out is that American salaries are actually significantly higher than the exact same job in Canada. Last time I was on the job search last year in Toronto I was interviewing for Canadian positions at %30 less than the exact same position in the USA. Toronto however was paying slightly higher in my profession than most of Canada thus you will notice my location...

And for reference sake I did better than the posted average in each of my US interviews and significantly less in each of my Canadian ones.
Canada is also lower (at least in my experience) than most of Europe, Austrailia, Ireland, and the UK in particular.

I was making much more (and getting taxed less) when I lived overseas. The cost of living is much lower here - but that is changing
 
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Boo

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Ditto Much said:
^^^ without a doubt. I've found that sallaries in Canada have remained completely stagnate for some reason.
Even min wage has remained basically unchanged in about 12 years

Despite the increase in transportation costs, house prices, rent, gas, heating costs, electricity and food - basic necessities.

Record low unemployment rates now aren't translating to higher wages, because most of the gains are in the service industry and retail sector (McJobs) so there is no wage pressure on good jobs.

The skilled jobs aren't being created, so there is an abundance of skilled labour willing to work for below average pay
 

quantumize

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Ditto Much said:
^^^ without a doubt. I've found that sallaries in Canada have remained completely stagnate for some reason.
minimum wage went up a few months ago to like 8 bucks [i think]
 

Ditto Much

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Boo said:
Even min wage has remained basically unchanged in about 12 years

Despite the increase in transportation costs, house prices, rent, gas, heating costs, electricity and food - basic necessities.

Record low unemployment rates now aren't translating to higher wages, because most of the gains are in the service industry and retail sector (McJobs) so there is no wage pressure on good jobs.

The skilled jobs aren't being created, so there is an abundance of skilled labour willing to work for below average pay

yeah its true I guess, I wonder if with a smaller employment community the temptation to price fix isn't playing a role. Its harder to accomplish in the US and Europe because of the sheer number of competitors for labour but Canada doesn't have the same level of competition while sharing a similar skill pool.

Do people actually work for minimum wage after they have moved out from home?
 

Skipper

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Ditto Much said:
20 Public relations specialist 22.61% $84,567
37 Lawyer 14.97% $153,923
Call me blonde but why does the PR specialist rank higher than the lawyer when the lawyer is making almost twice as much? :confused:
 
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