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Salary Ranges for Top Jobs in Demand for 2011

written by: ciel s cantoria•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 3/20/2011

Considering a new career? Here’s an in-depth look at the average salaries for some of the top jobs in demand for 2011. To make the guide more useful, we’ve included feedback from actual professionals to help newcomers to the field know what to expect with today’s hiring trends.

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    Average Annual Salary Trends

    The PayScale Index National US 

    This list of salaries for top jobs in demand is getting quite a lot of attention from outgoing college graduates, since the latter are hot on the trail of the high-opportunity careers for 2011. They are ready to reap the rewards of a college education and would like to know just how much these jobs have to offer as income. Perhaps they’re thinking of the returns on college investment or making estimations on how soon they can settle their college debts.

    According to PayScale’s brief report on compensation trends, the 2010 year-end national average wages remained flat and unexciting. It hardly took off from where it dramatically plunged during the lowest point of the 2009 economic recession.

    Although we’re not out to dampen the spirit of college students who are about to graduate this year, we’re furnishing this list of salaries for the top jobs currently in demand. Find feedback coming from actual professionals currently employed in the said top jobs. All salaries were based on Payscale’s national pay data as of March 2011.

    Image courtesy of PayScale.com

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    List of Salaries for Top Jobs in Demand in the Business Sector

    1. Accountants - The top earners in this field are the public accountants who work for large accounting firms and the management accountants employed by highly visible companies and business organizations. Most accountants give advice to college students that the best way to make their way to the top of this profession is to combine academic training with actual experience even during undergraduate years.

    • Public Accountants - $41,638 to $58,419

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Boston, Massachusetts (3) Cleveland, Ohio (4) Chicago, Illinois (5) Las Vegas, Nevada (6) Milwaukee, Wisconsin and (7) Houston, Texas

    • Management Accountants - $43,604 - $64,842

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Houston, Texas (3) Chicago, Illinois (4) Los Angeles, California (5) Detroit, Michigan (6) Miami, Florida (7) Cleveland, Ohio

    • Tax Accountants - $42,361 - $55,999

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Houston, Texas (3) Chicago, Illinois (4) Dallas, Texas (5) Los Angeles, California (6) Atlanta, Georgia (7) Seattle, Washington

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    2. Actuary - Based on feedback given by actuaries who have been practicing this profession, competition to get in and stay in this job is quite stiff. The number of actuarial science graduates increases each year but there is a relatively low number of new job openings for this profession. The ones that pay top salaries are the actuarial analyst occupations.

    • Actuarial Analyst - $52,628 - $66,762

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Boston, Massachusetts (3) Chicago, Illinois (4) San Francisco, California (5) Louisville, Kentucky (6)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7) Atlanta, Georgia

    3. Financial Analyst - Real life financial analysts give advice that one way to stay at the top of this profession is to have affluent connections. Some others opine that one should learn the ropes so they can formulate their own strategies and bank on their own decisions as a self-employed financial analyst. The results are said to be just as satisfactory as being formally hired.

    • Financial Analyst - $47,820 - $65,645

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Chicago, Illinois (3) Atlanta, Georgia (4) Houston, Texas (5) Boston, Massachusetts (6) Dallas, Texas and (7) Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Financial Adviser - $39,305 - $57,965

    This job is highly popular in New York City, NY.

    The list of salaries for top jobs in demand in the business sector continues in the next page.

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    Supply chain management logisticians have the most favorable feedback coming from actual professionals whose occupations are included in the list of salaries of top jobs with high opportunities. However, some feel that the job is quite stressful, but those coming from the military consider the commercial niche as a welcome challenge. Planners, pilots and editors are as one in attesting that today's hiring trend in order to land the top paying jobs requires a combination of college degree and solid experience.
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    List of Salaries for Top Jobs in Demand in the Business Sector (continued)

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    4. Logisticians - This profession is broad-based and in demand in a wide range of business industries, from manufacturing, retail, finance, energy, communications, finance, information technology to government job positions that handle the supply chain management division.

    Feedback gathered from actual logisticians is all favorable. They give advice to incoming professionals that training and keeping abreast with current technology will get them moving to the top with lesser strain from work pressure.

    Those who have had previous exposure as logisticians in the military find the civilian supply chain management tasks more exciting than the former.

    • Supply Chain Specialists - $44,207 - $67,175

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) Houston, Texas (2) Dallas, Texas (3) Denver, Colorado (4) Atlanta, Georgia (5) St. Louis, Missouri (6) Los Angeles, California and (7) Seattle, Washington

    • Supply Chain Analyst - $45,477 - $63,511

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) Houston, Texas (2) Dallas, Texas (3) Atlanta, Georgia (4) Phoenix, Arizona (5) Chicago, Illinois (6) Minneapolis, Minnesota and (7) Denver, Colorado

    • Supply Chain Planner -$46,935 - $68,878

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) Houston, Texas (2) Chicago, Illinois (3) Austin, Texas (4) Los Angeles, California (5) Dallas, Texas (6) San Diego, California and (7) New York, New York

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    5. Meeting Planner - This profession suffered from a meltdown as the recession saw companies cutting the budget for corporate events, lavish conferences, trade exhibits and the like. However, corporate planners and business executives still regard face-to-face-meetings with regional key officers as important; hence, meeting planners had to compete by scaling down their prices to meet the company's budgets.

    Operators give advice to those who seek employment or those planning to embark on this profession that the meeting planners who survived and remained at the top, are those with formal training and solid experience.

    • Meeting Planner - $42,101 - $59,345

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) Washington, District of Columbia (2) Minneapolis, Minnesota (3) Alexandria, Virginia (4) San Diego, California (5) Chicago, Illinois (6) Austin, Texas (7) Atlanta, Georgia

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    List of Salaries for Top Jobs in Demand for Creative & Service Occupations

    1. Commercial Pilots - This job has consistently ranked among the top on job surveys in almost every category including the list for top post-military careers. However, varying feedback posted by actual commercial pilots discloses mixed reactions about the compensation afforded to them in exchange for the amount of time they spend away from home and family.

    • Commercial Pilot - Jet $58,661 - $116,838

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) Houston, Texas (2) New York, New York (3) Minneapolis, Minnesota (4) Atlanta, Georgia (5) Los Angeles, California (6) Seattle, Washington (7) Chicago, Illinois

    • Commercial Pilot - Non-specific $37,308 - $76,954

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Miami, Florida (3) San Francisco, California (4) Anchorage, Alaska (5) Chicago, Illinois (6) Detroit, Michigan (7) Los Angeles, California

    • Commercial Pilot Non-Jet - $30,125 - $49,031

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) El Paso, Texas (2) Phoenix, Arizona (3) Anchorage, Alaska (4) Dallas, Texas (5) Miami, Florida (6) Charlotte, North Carolina and (7) Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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    2. Film and Video Editor - The movie industry is said to have lost its magic, and competition coming from other countries has not helped. Most film and video editing professionals no longer see Hollywood as the haven for this profession. High-tech equipment and years of experience have to be accompanied by college degrees in computer science and business strategies.

    Otherwise, those who do not come in a complete package are relegated to freelance work, engaged in project-to-project occupations.

    • Fim and Video Editor - $32,396 - $57,858

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Los Angeles, California (3) San Francisco, California (4) Atlanta, Georgia (5) Chicago, Illinois (6) Washington, District of Columbia (7) Dallas, Texas

    Please proceed to the next page where this list of salaries for top jobs in demand for creative & service occupations continues.

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    Get insights on curator, gaming manager and HVACR technicians whose jobs are included among the list of salaries for top jobs with high opportunities. Interestingly, one job requires "who you know" qualifications, while another has veered away from recruiting based on connections. HVACR technicians and installers, on the other hand, are widely in demand, but business operators have to rely on the viability of the location. Find out more by reading through this article by Ciel S. Cantoria.
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    List of Salaries for Top Jobs in Demand for Creative & Service Occupations (continued)

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    3. Curator - Many believe that the best way to get to the top of this profession is the ability to get well connected, inasmuch as donations, endowments, grants and benevolent funding will enable the museum to carry on with its exhibits and special collections.

    Nevertheless and in so doing, other museum professions like museum educators, exhibit professionals, content developers, designers, media and audio-video specialists are provided with employment opportunities.

    • Curator - $35,402 - $53,027

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3) Los Angeles, California (4) San Francisco, California (5) Atlanta, Georgia (6) Greensboro, North Carolina (7) Norfolk, Virginia

    • Curator-Museum Jobs $35,493 - $54,320

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Los Angeles, California (3) Chicago, Illinois (4) New Orleans, Louisiana (5) San Francisco, California (6) Washington, District of Columbia (7) Lincoln, Nebraska

    • Curator-Art Gallery $27,093 - $43,448

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) New York, New York (2) Boston, Massachusetts (3) Los Angeles, California (4) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5) Denver, Colorado (6) Santa Fe, New Mexico (7) Houston, Texas

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    4. Casino or Gaming Manager - According to the other casino professionals, landing a top-paying job as a gaming manager in casino joints is no longer a case of "who you know but what you know". Advancements in computer technology have likewise affected the gaming industry inasmuch as hackers among guests and employees have become rampant.

    Gaming managers need to have higher degrees of education and be technologically savvy as well, because they are tasked to meet and communicate with top executive teams who possess high levels of computer knowledge.

    • Casino Manager - $44,219 - $92,239

    Las Vegas, Nevada seems to be the only US city where this job remains in demand.

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    5. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)Technician/ Installers - Based on USNews reports, there is a universal demand for HVACR professionals and workers, inasmuch as every home in the entire global community has an existing need for these systems.

    In the US, operators of HVACR service providers are quick to opine that the key to prosperity via this profession is to relocate where the demand is relatively higher. Interestingly, operators from Florida and California disclose that the entertainment field alone has an overwhelming demand for HVACR systems. Said industries have enabled their businesses to survive for more than thirty years, despite the rising costs of overhead expenses.

    • HVACR Mechanic and Installer - Hourly Rate $13.28 - $20.58

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) Houston, Texas (2) San Diego, California (3) Omaha, Nebraska (4) Chicago, Illinois (5) San Antonio, Texas (6) Las Vegas, Nevada (7) Kansas City, Missouri

    • HVACR Technician - Hourly Rate $16.12 - $24.61

    In demand in the following US Cities:

    (1) Dallas, Texas (2). Houston, Texas (3) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (4) Orlando, Florida (5) Boston, Massachusetts(6) El Paso, Texas(7) Los Angeles, California

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    List of Salaries for Top Jobs in Demand for Healthcare Occupations:

    To gain insights into the salaries for the top-paying jobs in the healthcare professions, read the following Bright Hub articles, where different medical professions and medical skills have been ranked among the top:

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    Reference Materials & Image Credit Section

    Reference:

    • By Grant, Alexis: The 50 Best Careers of 2011 --Consider these high-opportunity jobs as you look for your next paycheck Posted:on December 6, 2010 at Money USNews.com lifted from http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/the-50-best-careers-of-2011?PageNr=3
    • PayScale Index at PayScale.com lifted from http://www.payscale.com/payscale-index/

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