This post is from guest author Melissa Davidson. You can find her on Twitter @madtris.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to pay off your car or credit cards, or even your student loan debt? With a great job, it can be done sooner rather than later.
Setting yourself up for a successful career takes talent, hard work and patience. Everything else will fall into place, including earning enough money to live comfortably without a bunch of debt.
What are the top careers in demand right now and what are some necessary skills you need to land them? Here are a few:
There are plenty of high-paying healthcare jobs that don’t involve becoming a doctor, according to a report from job site Glassdoor.
“With nearly half the list comprised of jobs in the tech and healthcare industries, this report reinforces that higher salaries are found in America’s fastest job-creating sectors,” says Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist.
Nursing jobs continue to be on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for registered nurses are expected to increase 16 percent by 2024, creating 439,300 new jobs for qualified applicants. This is good news for those pursuing nursing, even though these jobs will be competitive.
What skills are required to become a nurse?
Getting a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing makes someone a more viable candidate. In fact, many hospitals today will only hire those with a BSN. For more than a century, the main focus for nurses in the U.S. has been to treat acute illnesses and tend to immediate injuries. However, because of patients’ changing needs and the evolution of healthcare, medical experts have called for a dramatic increase of nurses with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing – from the current 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020. Researchers are also finding that, to become a nurse, it’s important to have emotional intelligence in order to be able to deliver patient-centered care.
According to Business Insider, the median base salary for an attorney is $94,695 a year. Considering the time and financial commitment it takes to become a lawyer, it makes sense the pay is lucrative.
The bad news is an average student graduates with over $100,000 in debt from law school, and there’s no guarantee of a six-figure salary. The good news, according to Forbes’ annual ranking of the best-paying jobs for women, the position of lawyer ranked 14th in 2015 and third in 2016. The job market for lawyers has improved in recent years – 74,800 jobs will need to be filled by 2022.
What skills are required to become a lawyer?
Obviously, stellar grades put you above the rest. In a competitive environment, though, one must have many desirable traits. The ability to balance academics with extracurricular activities, teamwork, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence make you a more competitive candidate and a top job contender.
Many technology jobs don’t require a four-year degree or a master’s or doctorate, but still pay well. Computer programmers, web developers, and electrical engineers are a few examples where the pay ranges anywhere from $59,000-$79,000. Highly coveted, high-tech STEM (math, technology, engineering and math) jobs take longer to be filled than others jobs because of the skill-set needed to get hired.
What skills are necessary for STEM jobs?
Success in securing STEM jobs increases with a master’s or doctorate, especially because required skills are “highly sophisticated” and not every candidate can pull off the specific knowledge needed. In addition to specific knowledge in math, science and technology, candidates need good problem-solving, analytical, troubleshooting and, of course, soft skills, including creativity, leadership, and communication skills.
For all of the careers above, you need to be patient, network, research the company, enter the job market right out of college, and create a good resume. Smart interviewing skills and self-development will also set you up to score a great job.