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Career Advice : Jobs That Pay $50,000

Jobs That Pay $50,000

Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com writer

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Receiving a paycheck is always nice. Even if you don't love your job or you think you deserve more money, making a deposit in your checking account feels good. You can pay bills, buy food and even splurge on the occasional luxury. The chance to find a higher paying job with a bright future is always appealing, but in this gloomy economy, it's even more attractive than usual.

To help you figure out what your options are, we've come up with a list of 15 jobs that earn in the $50,000 range and are expected to increase in demand between now and 2016. With the annual median salary for full-time workers in the U.S. at $33,634, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these careers will help you earn well above the average salary. They also require various levels of experience and education, so workers from all walks of life can find opportunities.

Here are 15 jobs that pay between $50,000 and $59,999.

Accountants and auditors

Annual median income: $57,060*

Projected employment in 2016: 1.5 million

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 18 percent

Audiologists

Annual median income: $57,779**

Projected employment in 2016: 13,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 10 percent

Compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists

Annual median income: $52,180*

Projected employment in 2016: 130,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 18 percent

Conservation scientists

Annual median income: $56,150*

Projected employment in 2016: 21,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 5 percent

Detectives and criminal investigators

Annual median income: $59,930*

Projected employment in 2016: 125,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 17 percent

Environmental scientists and specialists, including health

Annual median income: $58,380*

Projected employment in 2016: 104,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 25 percent

Insurance appraisers, auto damage

Annual median income: $51,500*

Projected employment in 2016: 15,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 13 percent

Insurance underwriters

Annual median income: $51,264**

Projected employment in 2016: 111,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 6 percent

Landscape architects

Annual median income: $50,843**

Projected employment in 2016: 32,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 16 percent

Librarians

Annual median income: $50,970*

Projected employment in 2016: 164,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 4 percent

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing (excluding technical and scientific products)

Annual median income: $50,750*

Projected employment in 2016: 1.69 million

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 8 percent

Subway and streetcar operators

Annual median income: $50,520*

Projected employment in 2016: 7,800

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 12 percent

Surveyors

Annual median income: $51,630*

Projected employment in 2016: 74,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 24 percent

Teachers, postsecondary

Annual median income: $56,120*

Projected employment in 2016: 2.05 million

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 23 percent

Urban and regional planners

Annual median income: $53,967**

Projected employment in 2016: 39,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 15 percent

*Salary and employment figures based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

**Salary data from CBSalary.com.

 

Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.



Last Updated: 12/08/2008 - 10:32 AM


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