Choosing dream jobs and workplace perks

Author: Susan Ricker

Workers played "Would you rather" with workplace perks, careers

You don’t always get what you want, in life or in your career. In fact, most of your day is made up of compromises between what you want and what others are asking for. You rearrange your priorities to keep projects moving, to earn a bigger paycheck, to accommodate your family. But if somebody asked you what you really wanted, would you answer your job or the perks that come with it?
A CareerBuilder survey found the choices that workers will make when faced with hard decisions (like choosing between a bigger paycheck or a shorter work week) and the dream jobs we secretly yearn for. How would you answer?

Would you rather…
Workplace perks are becoming a bigger selling point in finding a new job, but you can’t expect to get it all. The survey attempted to find what workers really want, asking:
If you had to choose between the following at work, which would you choose?
  • A car (76 percent) vs. a smart phone (24 percent)
  • Air conditioning (54 percent) vs. Internet access (46 percent)
  • Free lunches at work (63 percent) vs. the ability to wear jeans every day (37 percent)
  • A bigger paycheck (77 percent) vs. a shorter work week (23 percent)
  • An office (71 percent) vs. your own bathroom (29 percent)
  • A concierge (70 percent) vs. a valet (30 percent)
Dream careers and second careers
Most careers end up looking different from what we imagined while growing up because we find more practical options or follow the labor market’s in-demand jobs. Though we pursue careers that are different from what we originally hoped for, we never really forget what we’d like to be doing if we could. The survey got to the heart of this, asking:

If you could do any job in the world, what would it be?
1.Professional athlete
3.Teacher/instructor, K-12
8.Computer programmer
9.Police officer
If you’re realizing that you’d rather make a career switch to something new or to your original dream job, check out these resources that can help you determine if a career switch is the right move for you:
  • “How I stumbled into my dream career”
    Some people have known since they were young what they wanted to do for work. Others took a less-direct route to get to their dream career path.
  • Why uncertainty is necessary for a career switch
    When you're entering the workforce for the first time, it's natural to be nervous about your career and uncertain of how things will turn out. But what about later in life, when you're ready for a change or career switch?
  • Navigating a career crossroads
    When standing at a career crossroads, you need to give careful thought to the consequences of your actions. Take into account your unique situation and the potential benefits of making -- or not making -- a change.
  • 5 tough questions to ask before a career change
    Getting started in a new field often means taking a cut not just in pay but also in security and prestige -- at least for a while.
  • Quiz: Are you really ready to switch careers?
    Have you thought carefully about the personal and professional implications of making a switch, or have you decided that anything is better than what you're doing?
  • Why quitting my job was the best decision I ever madeEverybody’s had a project, co-worker or boss who has caused them to think, “I’m going to quit!” But rarely do we follow through with the threat, and usually the job gets better or the problem gets fixed. But for some people, choosing to quit has been the best decision they ever made.

10 Celebrities' Ordinary Jobs That Will Make You Go 'Whoa'

Including Jennifer Aniston, Telemarketer


By Deanna Hartley, CareerBuilder writer

We can't all have chic and fabulous jobs without paying our dues and working our way up the ladder ... unless of course you're North West, who apparently is a fashion accessory designer at age 1.

So in case you're having a bad day at work or wondering what your next career move should be, get inspired by some of your favorite stars who got their start far away from Hollywood tackling ordinary jobs.

Jennifer Aniston
Before soaring to international fame as Rachel Green on "Friends" and becoming the envy of every girl having a bad hair day in the '90s, Aniston earned a few bucks as a telemarketer while auditioning for various roles. So, did she kill it as a salesgirl? Nah. In a recent interview with "Extra," Aniston said - perhaps not-so-jokingly - that she doesn't think she sold even a single timeshare. Let's all be thankful for that, amirite?

Nicki Minaj
Worked at Red Lobster and in customer service
Long before she burst onto the rap scene and had diva-sized beef with Mariah Carey on "American Idol," the only (w)rapping Minaj did was seafood as a waitress at Red Lobster. In a recent interview, she admitted to being fired for chasing down and confronting customers who had apparently walked off with her pen - because pens are what most rap feuds are made of. After another short stint in customer service, Minaj decided the ordinary life wasn't for her.

Channing Tatum
OK, so maybe this isn't your average Joe's gig, but it's still worth mentioning Tatum's deeper-than-you-may-have-thought ties to his character in the hit film "Magic Mike" and its soon-to-be sequel. Tatum started stripping at the age of 19 and also admitted to working a few other menial jobs around that time.

Rachel McAdams
Worked at McDonald's
You may not thought the reports about McAdams' love-but-mostly-HATE relationship with Ryan Gosling on the set of "The Notebook" was legit, but you better believe the young star put in her dues before crossing over into Hollywood. While working at McDonald's for about three years, McAdams has admitted she never really expected to become employee of the month or anything - what, with breaking the OJ machine and all.

Matthew Morrison
Worked at the Gap and as a waiter
He's got a buzzworthy stint on Broadway coming up following his success in the hit TV show Glee, but if you dig back a bit into his pre-fame days, you'll find that Morrison worked at the Gap in New York and even waited tables for a while.

Ellen Degeneres
Worked at J.C. Penney, T.G.I. Friday's and more
Degeneres is a close contender for being one of the funniest human beings alive, but her glamour-less days prior to becoming a huge star weren't that funny. That's because she spent her time working a wide assortment of jobs, including at J.C. Penney and T.G.I. Fridays as well as other gigs as a hostess, bartender and even a house painter (whaa?!).

Tina Fey
Worked at the YMCA
While it's unclear exactly what Fey did to earn wages at a YMCA in Chicago, what is clear is that it totally paid off when she got her foot in the door at Second City - an unofficial launching pad for future SNL stars - around the same time.

Bill Murray
Chestnut seller
Long before he became one of the most iconic actors of our generation and crashed an engagement photo session like a boss, Murray literally sold chestnuts outside a grocery store in Chicago. The man really is a chameleon.

Jennifer Garner
Ballet teacher, babysitter, hostess
You may know Garner as a doting mom and oh, just one of the biggest movie stars in the world. But what you may not know is that before her days kicking butt on shows like "Alias," Garner juggled an assortment of gigs to help her get by - including teaching ballet to little kids, babysitting and even working as a hostess at a restaurant in New York.

Ashton Kutcher
Worked at Quaker Oats
From modeling to starring on a hit TV show to film to starring on another hit TV show, Kutcher has sort of done it all. No, really - he has done it all. Starting at the tender age of 13, he helped his dad with a construction-related job, he worked at a grocery store and, more notably, he used to sweep the floors at a PepsiCo/Quaker Oats factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa back in the day. It may seem like a far cry from the glamorous life he leads today, but Kutcher says they were all stepping stones to his future success.

Companies Hiring in November

Add a job to the things you're thankful for this year

The 10 Highest-Paying Work-From-Home Jobs

The one time "make six figures in your pajamas" isn't a scam

By Aaron Taube and Mike Nudelman

Working from home doesn't mean sitting around in your pajamas all day and having to struggle to make ends meet.

In fact, some companies will pay their telecommuters six figures to work from the comfort of their own home.

FlexJobs, a subscription job board for people who want to telecommute, has put together a list of the highest-paying work-from-home jobs it has recently advertised.

Here are the 10 positions that came out on top:

Business Insider/Mike Nudelman

Sales director led the way with an average salary of between $130,000 and $200,000 a year. The job requires people to manage a large territory from a home office, with the exception of when employees need to make in-person sales calls to current and prospective clients.

Rounding out the top three were senior software engineer, a position that requires people to have valuable programming skills, and senior medical writer, a job in which people produce written content for healthcare organizations like medical journals and pharmaceutical companies.

In addition to the technology and medical fields, the list includes jobs in the financial services (audit manager) and nonprofit (major gifts officer) industries.

Companies hiring for the holidays


It's beginning to look a lot like time for seasonal hiring.

Sure, it feels like the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year. But while bags of candy, holiday trees and outdoor lighting may bombard stores before you’ve even picked out your Halloween costume, it’s not too early to apply for a seasonal position.
Many industries need extra help around the holidays, and look to hire seasonal employees in October. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, nearly half (46 percent) of companies hiring seasonal employees said they’re boosting staffs to help with the busier holiday season, while others are focused on wrapping up the year (25 percent) and ramping up for 2015 (24 percent).
Two in five retailers (43 percent) plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4. While retailers typically take center stage when it comes to seasonal employment, companies across industries are looking for extra hands on deck. Twenty-six percent plan to hire seasonal employees in Q4, and 42 percent of these companies expect to transition some seasonal staff members into full-time, permanent roles.
There’s good financial news for seasonal workers, too, as pay will increase over last year, according to 27 percent of employers. Sixty-three percent of seasonal employers will pay $10 or more per hour while 19 percent will pay $16 or more.
Popular seasonal positions companies will be recruiting for in Q4 include:
  • Customer service – 40 percent
  • Administrative/clerical – 15 percent
  • Shipping/delivery – 13 percent
  • Accounting/finance – 12 percent
  • Inventory management – 12 percent
  • Information technology – 11 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 11 percent
  • Gift wrapping – 10 percent
  • Marketing – 7 percent
  • Hosting/greeting – 7 percent
Check out these 10 companies that are hiring for the holidays, many of which are in the popular industries for seasonal hiring.

1. AC Moore
Sample job titles: Assistant general manager, supervisor, floral specialist, custom framer, associate
Location: Georgia, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
2. Averitt Express
Sample job titles: Regional driver, dedicated driver, regional driver, city driver, shuttle driver, team shuttle driver, diesel mechanic
Location: Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin
3. First Data
Financial, credit card transaction processing, merchant services
Sample job titles: Business consultants, sales directors, IT positions, client services, call center, customer service
Location: Nationwide
4. Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Sample job titles: Store manager, retail worker
Location: Austin, Texas
5. HHgregg
Sample job titles:
Home appliance sales, home electronic sales
East coast, Midwest, South
6. LTD Commodities
Sample job titles: Call center, customer service, credit and collections
Location: Aurora and Bannockburn, Ill.
7. Macy’s
Sample job titles: Seasonal retail sales associate, seasonal cosmetics sales associate, seasonal stock receiving associate, seasonal stock merchandising associate
Location: California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania
8. SolarCity
Sample job titles: Sales, support, electrician, management, surveyor, warehouse
Location: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia
9. Stanley Steemer
Carpet/home cleaning
Sample job titles:
Carpet cleaning tech
10. Toys R Us
Sample job titles:
Seasonal store associate
A temporary role can be a great way to earn extra income around the holidays and can also be a possible transition to permanent employment. Apply for a seasonal role at any of these 10 companies now. 

18 Prestigious Jobs With Surprisingly Low Pay


Average annual earnings: $111,640

Job description: They perform eye exams and make just a fraction as much as some medical professionals. For comparison, the average physician earns $191,880 a year, and dentists, who undergo a similar amount of training, earn $168,870.
Educational requirements: A bachelor's degree is required, followed by a four-year stint in optometry school to earn an O.D. A residency sometimes follows that for those who want to pursue a particular specialty.
> Find a job as an optometrist

Biomedical Engineers

Average annual earnings: $93,960

Job description: These are engineers who work on building solutions for problems in biology and medicine.
Educational requirements: There are some undergraduate programs that offer degrees in biomedical or biomechanical engineering, but others get a more general engineering degree and a master's focusing on biomedical applications.
> Find a job as a biomedical engineer


Average annual earnings: $77,740

Job description: Chemists study the properties, structures, and reactions of substances, and develop new products or processes for making them.
Educational requirements: A bachelor's is the minimum, but research jobs require a master's or Ph.D.
> Find a job as a chemist

Read more:  18 Prestigious Jobs With Surprisingly Low Pay

20 Hot Companies Hiring This Minute

All these companies are hiring in the month of September

20 Great Companies Hiring in October

Job opportunities in healthcare, transportation, and more

Companies hiring this week


1. Acosta Sales & MarketingIndustry: Sales, merchandising
Sample job titles: Retail merchandiser
Location: Nationwide
2. Apollo Professional Solutions
Engineering, technical, finance
Sample job titles:
Aircraft tech, software engineer, mechanical engineer
3. Navistar
Sample job titles:
Manufacturing engineer, business continuity lead, sr. financial analyst, information systems manager for integration
Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin
4. NFI Industries
Transportation, logistics
Sample job titles:
Store sales associate, assistant, store manager, production manager
Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas
5. Shake Shack
Food service
Sample job titles:
Team member, restaurant manager, real estate manager
Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
6. Sterling Insurance
Sample job titles:
Health care benefits manager, sales representative
IT, engineering
Sample job titles:
VP of HR, project manager, sales development representative, inside sales representative, director of demand generation, remote services technician, assistant controller, sales engineer, front end web application developer
8. Surgical Care Affiliates
Health care
Sample job titles:
Nurse manager, surgery center administrator, operating room manager, registered nurse, director of new business development, accountant
Alabama, California, Minnesota, Ohio
Shipping and packaging
Sample job titles:
Customer service, distribution manager, director of talent acquisition, inside sales
10. Wageworks
Human resources
Sample job titles:
Account executive II, sr. human resources recruiter, seasonal customer service representative, collection analyst member service representative, client service representative, seasonal claims analyst, account service consultant
Tempe, Ariz.; San Mateo, Calif.; East Providence, R.l.; Willison, Vt.

The 20 Highest Paying Jobs For Women

Healthcare, design industries offer highly paid positions

Coworkers passing papers between their desks

By Emmie Martin and Mike Nudelman

While many industries are still dominated by men, there are several occupations where women not only make up a strong percentage of the workforce, but they earn big bucks doing it.

A new report from PayScale looks at the highest-paying jobs for women, concentrating on positions that are at least 40% women. The report found that healthcare-related positions, such as gynecologists, nurse anesthetists, and psychiatrists, come out on top as the best-paying.

Healthcare is not only a traditionally lucrative industry, but men and women have an equal shot at earning high wages in comparable positions, says Katie Bardaro, PayScale's lead economist.

It's also a growing industry. "Healthcare overall is a great place to be right now and only expected to grow stronger as our aging population requires more of the services healthcare has to offer," Bardaro adds.

Creative/design positions also prove to be high-paying places for women, with jobs such as fashion designer and associate media director rounding out the list.

Check out the full list of jobs where women earn the most:

The 20 Best Cities For Job Seekers This Fall

Strong job outlook in Phoenix, Dallas, San Jose

Phoenix Arizona

By Jacquelyn Smith

Last week we got mixed news on the jobs front. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the country's unemployment rate fell slightly from 6.2% to 6.1% in August, but the economy added just 142,000 nonfarm jobs - the smallest monthly increase of 2014 - missing economists' expectations.

If you're one of the three million Americans who have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, it may be difficult to be optimistic after hearing such news. But a new survey released today by employment services firm Manpower Group offers some hope.

The survey found that employers in almost all 50 states expect to increase their staff levels next quarter, and most plan to finish the year on a more confident hiring note than they did in 2013.

Manpower asked more than 18,000 employers in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas about their hiring plans for the three-month period ending in December and found that employers in 47 states plan to increase their payrolls during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Of the surveyed employers, 19% expect to increase their payrolls and 7% say they'll decrease their staffing levels. This yields a net increase of 12% that plan to hire - or 15% when seasonally adjusted, which is up 1% from last quarter and 2% from the fourth quarter of 2013.

"The fourth quarter survey results are positive overall," says Jonathan Means, a vice president and general manager for Manpower. "The labor market is improving, and the survey has shown incremental growth across industries and regions as employers rebuild their internal teams and implement new operational strategies."

However, "unlike other recessions," Means continues, "where improvement happens at the same time across all markets, this time growth is spotty. Each city or market has its own dynamic, and that's different from before. At the local level, job prospects depend on the companies and industries represented."

Here are the 20 best cities for job seekers this fall, ranked by the net percentage of employers in each city that plan to hire:

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
Net Increase: 27%

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
Net Increase: 25%

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Net Increase: 25%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona
Net Increase: 25%

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
Net Increase: 25%

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
Net Increase: 23%

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
Net Increase: 23%

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Net Increase: 22%

Jackson, Mississippi
Net Increase: 22%

Madison, Wisconsin
Net Increase: 22%

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
Net Increase: 22%

Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida
Net Increase: 21%

Provo-Orem, Utah
Net Increase: 21%

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
Net Increase: 21%

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Net Increase: 20%

San Antonio, Texas
Net Increase: 20%

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
Net Increase: 20%

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
Net Increase: 19%

Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, S.C.
Net Increase: 19%

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
Net Increase: 19%

"This survey is telling a positive story when it comes to hiring," says Means. "Employers plan to hire, and their confidence about adding staff has been edging up gradually since the end of the recession. Adding staff at a slow but steady pace gives them the room they need to be agile and adapt along the way."      

Companies hiring in September

Companies hiring in June

As the summer draws to a close, don’t let your job search cool off with the weather. Fall is actually a hot time for hiring, especially when it comes to seasonal jobs.

Whether you’re looking for a short-term position, a long-term role, or something in between, check out the following list of 20 companies hiring this month:

1. AboutWeb
Industry: IT consulting/government contracting
Sample job titles: Java developer, ETL developer, SharePoint architect, network engineer, .Net developer
Location: Washington,D.C.; Massachusetts; Virginia; Maryland
2. Autozone
Industry: Auto parts retailer
Sample job titles: Store manager, district manager, territory sales manager
Location: Nationwide
3. Corporation Service Company
Industry: Business services
Sample job titles: .Net software developer, business analyst, customer service specialist, desktop architect, outside sales – new business development,Java developer, project manager, senior software engineer – Java, solution architect, tax analyst
Location: Wilmington, Del.; Chicago, Deerfield and Springfield, Ill.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Plano, Texas; Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara and Woodland Hills, Calif.; Boston; Las Vegas
4. Frontier Communications
Industry: Telecommunications
Sample job titles: Call center manager, sales engineer, marketing intern
Location: Rochester, N.Y.; Allen, Texas; Provo, Utah; Deland, Fla.
5. G4S Secure Solutions
Industry: Security
Sample job titles: Security officer
Location: Nationwide
6. Gate Gourmet
Industry: Airlines/aviation/food service
Sample job titles: Sous chef, food supervisor, transportation supervisor, dispatcher, driver, human resources professional, financial analyst
Location: Washington, D.C.; Chicago; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Atlanta
7. Green Tree Servicing
Industry: Financial services
Sample job titles: Collections representative, accounting controls manager, business analyst, recruiter
Location: California, Minnesota, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Dakota, Los Angeles, Texas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Washington, Missouri, Montana, Alabama, Ohio
8. Hudson
Industry: Staffing and recruiting – IT, legal and RPO
Sample job titles: Android developer, data analyst, applications analyst, software engineer, document review attorney, systems administrator, Web analyst, technical designer, instructional designer, sales and business development director, key accounts manager, recruitment coordinator, IT account executive
Location: Chicago; Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Los Angeles; Dallas; Houston; New York; Boston; Denver; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.
9. kCura
Industry: IT/software/technology
Sample job titles: Software engineer, enterprise sales representative, business analyst
Location: Chicago; Portland, Ore.
10. PPG – Architectural Coatings
Industry: Retail/manufacturing
Sample job titles: Store sales associate, PLC technician, store driver
Location: Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio
11. Ram Construction Services
Industry: Construction
Sample job titles: Driver-CDL A, construction manager, concrete restoration laborer, construction superintendent, caulker
Location: Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana
12. Reiser
Industry: Packaging
Sample job titles: Mechanical technician, field service technician, national account manager
Location: Boston and Canton, Mass.; Chicago; Philadelphia
13. Resources for Human Development, Inc.
Industry: Social service, nonprofit
Sample job titles: Residential adviser, program director, case manager, fiscal administrative assistant, payroll, budget, billing
Location: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina
14. Rexam
Industry: Manufacturing
Sample job titles: Plant manager, machinist, project engineer, industrial electrician, quality manager, manufacturing supervisor, tool and die maker
Location: Nationwide
15. Sandvik Coromant & Sandvik, Inc.
Industry: Manufacturing
Sample job titles: Technical sales, field sales, machine specialist, round tool sales
Location: Nationwide
16. Stivers Staffing
Industry: Admin/clerical, medical billing, finance and engineering
Sample job titles: Accounting, paralegal, escrow officer, office manager, mechanical engineer
Location: Nationwide
17. Superior Plus Energy Services
Industry: Energy
Sample job titles: Energy sales representative, propane tech
Location: Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania
18. Verengo Solar
Industry: Solar
Sample job titles: Solar installer, certified electrician, outside sales, canvasser, electrician apprentice
Location: California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
19. Waste Connections
Industry: Refuse/recycling
Sample job titles: Operations manager, equipment operator, dispatcher, CDL driver, diesel mechanic, garbage truck driver, controller, landfill manager
Location: Clifton Park, N.Y.; Meno, Okla.; El Paso, Texas; Hobbs, N.M.; Garden City, Kan.; Anchorage, Alaska; Avenal, Calif.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Houston; Denver

20. Zenith Global Logistics
Industry: Trucking/logistics
Sample job titles: CDL truck driver, dispatcher, warehouse worker
Location: Riverside, Calif.; Indianapolis; Conover, N.C.; Aberdeen, Md.; Tupelo, Miss.; Belleville, N.J.

13 Highest-Paying Jobs For People Who Hate Sitting At a Desk

Break free from the chains of the cubicle

2 pilots landing a a small single engine airplane. The runway is seen out the windscreen.

By Aaron Taube

Sitting in a cubicle all day can be depressing, but the sad truth is that the vast majority of high-paying, stable jobs require people to mostly stay chained to their desk. Using average salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we decided to pick out the 13 highest-paying jobs where people get to stop staring at their computer screens and go somewhere else.

Take a look to see the kind of money you can make in a classroom, at a drill site, or in a cockpit 30,000 feet above the earth.

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13. Mining and geological engineer

Average annual pay: $96,950

These are the folks responsible for figuring out what's going on under the surface at mining and land development sites, and making sure things are safe for the environment and for workers.

Though mining is thought to be a dangerous industry, the salary isn't bad.

> Apply for a job as a mining engineer
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12. Industrial production manager

Average annual pay: $99,370

The average factory manager makes just shy of six figures, but it's unclear whether working on a factory floor is much better than in a cubicle.

> Apply for a job as an industrial production manager
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11. Economics professor

Average annual pay: $100,490

There's good money in the (college) classroom, and economics professors are cited everywhere from news stories to policy papers for their decision-making knowledge.

Prior to working for the government, current Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen was an economics professor at the University of California-Berkeley.

> Apply for a job as an economics professor

10. Engineering professor

Average annual pay: $102,880

This job description includes both professors primarily concerned with teaching and those primarily working in research.
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9. Chemical engineer

Average annual pay: $104,340

Chemical engineers help create everything from medicine to fuel. Many work in offices, but others have the opportunity to work in laboratories or at the facilities where their science is being used to create new foods or chemicals.

> Apply for a job as a chemical engineer

8. Aerospace engineer

Average annual pay: $105,450

What could be cooler than building airplanes and spaceships?

While many engineers spend a lot of their time in an office, others get to go onsite to oversee the actual construction of the things they're building.

> Apply for a job as an aerospace engineer

7. Medical school professor

Average annual pay: $105,880

Teaching doctors, dentists, and veterinarians can make you a nice six-figure salary.

The average salary isn't quite as much as what the average practicing physician makes, but it's certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Steel workers assembling steel beams on new freeway bridge Tucson Arizona

6. Geoscientist

Average annual pay: $108,420

Earth scientists study a wide range of natural landscapes and can work in jobs at engineering and environmental consulting firms, mining companies, and government agencies.

Oftentimes this means going on site, whether its helping the Army Corps of Engineers build a bridge or studying the ocean to produce research for a college.

> Apply for a job as a geoscientist

5. Law professor

Average annual pay: $122,280

Being a legal professor is a pretty good gig. You get a nice salary and the opportunity to educate the next generation of lawyers and judges.

And who knows, you might just follow in the footsteps of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom taught law school before moving on to bigger things.

> Apply for a job as a law professor
Sunset from the office

4. Airline pilot

Average annual pay: $129,600

While you're still in a confined space, at least you're flying around the world.

> Apply for a job as an airline pilot

3. Petroleum engineer

Average annual pay: $149,180

Petroleum engineers come up with the best ways to get oil out of the ground, a valuable skill these days. This profession includes developing the tools and software necessary to get the job done.

Much of the work is done on-site, where the engineers are required to inspect the drilling process and make sure everything is running smoothly.

> Apply for a job as a petroleum engineer

2. Nurse anesthetist

Average annual pay: $157,690

Knocking people out before surgery is such a lucrative skill that even the nurses who practice it are raking in an average annual salary well above $100,000 a year.

Sometimes the nurse anesthetist only assists the doctor while the doctor performs anesthesia. Either way, the job requires the people to be registered nurses with specialized graduate education.

> Apply for a job as a nurse anesthetist
Portrait of happy young smiling female doctor with clipboard at office

1. Doctor

Average annual pay: $191,880

Physicians and surgeons have meaningful, active work and get paid nicely to do it.

Specialists, like orthodontists and gynecologists, can make even more, with anesthesiologists topping the list with a $235,070 average annual salary.

> Apply for a job as a doctor

22 of the fastest growing sports jobs

Umpire Crew

Going to a ball game is about so much more than watching the game live. Instead of sitting in your living room, you’re in the company of thousands of fellow fans and can buy an assortment of foods on sticks or in buckets, watch warm-ups and get to participate in the games and commentary that take place between plays. While all of these extras make for an exciting atmosphere, they also make for economic stimulation and create quite a number of jobs, meaning that everybody wins.
CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl (EMSI) took a look at post-recession job growth in the six largest sports-related industries in the United States. And in a comeback story that’s fit for the big leagues, jobs in sports-related industries combined have increased by 12.6 percent between 2010 and 2014, compared to the overall national job market which grew by 5.5 percent. The average earnings in these combined sports-related industries ($78,455) are significantly higher than the national average ($57,947).
Learn more about the growth these industries are experiencing, as well as 22 of the fastest growing sports-related jobs within those industries that help make game day a success.
Industry Growth
On the national level, much of the growth in sports-related jobs has been on the business end, with the promoters of performing arts, sports and similar events growing by 30 percent between 2010 and 2014, followed by agents and managers for artists, athletes, entertainers and other public figures, which grew by 17 percent.
Industry 2010 Jobs 2014 Jobs % Growth
Sports teams and clubs 76,411 82,968 8.6%
Promoters of performing arts, sports and similar events with facilities 76,269 99,445 30.4%
Other spectator sports 54,545 53,538  (1.8%)
Racetracks 44,672 40,712  (8.9%)
Promoters of performing arts, sports and similar events without facilities 31,481 41,091 30.5%
Agents and managers for artists, athletes, entertainers and other public figures 30,748 35,899 16.8%
Total 314,125 353,654 12.6%

Occupational breakdown
Within those six industries, 22 sports-related positions exist that are essential to your game day experience, including:
1. Meeting, convention and event planners
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 3,685
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 5,136
Change (2010-2014): 39 percent
2. Concierges
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 1,071
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 1,462
Change (2010-2014): 37 percent
3. Audio and video equipment technicians
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 6,491
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 8,268
Change (2010-2014): 27 percent
4. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 1,818
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 2,308
Change (2010-2014): 27 percent
5. Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 6,491
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 8,212
Change (2010-2014): 27 percent
6. Public address system and other announcers
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 2,040
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 2,530
Change (2010-2014): 24 percent
7. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical and executive
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 5,193
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 6,417
Change (2010-2014): 24 percent
8. Agents and business managers of artists, performers and athletes
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 9,493
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 11,641
Change (2010-2014): 23 percent
9. Radio and television announcers
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 1,174
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 1,428
Change (2010-2014): 22 percent
10. Producers and directors
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 2,881
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 3,490
Change (2010-2014): 21 percent
11. Bartenders
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 2,879
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 3,476
Change (2010-2014): 21 percent
12. Ushers, lobby attendants and ticket takers
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 25,441
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 30,388
Change (2010-2014): 19 percent
13. Accountants and auditors
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 1,952
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 2,314
Change (2010-2014): 19 percent
14. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 7,299
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 8,574
Change (2010-2014): 17 percent
15. Public relations specialists
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 3,301
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 3,875
Change (2010-2014): 17 percent
16. Maintenance and repair workers, general
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 3,565
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 4,160
Change (2010-2014): 17 percent
17. Security guards
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 13,975
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 16,253
Change (2010-2014): 16 percent
18. Office clerks, general
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 6,068
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 7,054
Change (2010-2014): 16 percent
19. General and operations managers
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 5,611
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 6,476
Change (2010-2014): 15 percent
20. Amusement and recreation attendants
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 5,336
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 6,110
Change (2010-2014): 15 percent
21. Coaches and scouts
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 7,769
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 8,349
Change (2010-2014): 7 percent

22. Athletes and sports competitors
Employed in sports-related industries (2010): 9,535
Employed in sports-related industries (2014): 9,775
Change (2010-2014): 3 percent

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