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Top 5 High-Paying Jobs With Rising Salaries

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Although most agree that the worst of the economic recession is behind us, wage growth continues to be slower than workers would prefer. However, according to a new study conducted by the job-search site Indeed, which was reported on by The Wall Street Journal, there are a few jobs with already high wages where pay continues to rise. Let’s take a look at the five jobs that found their way to the very top of this list.

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  1. Physician Assistants

According to PayScale’s data, physician assistants earn, on average, about $87,000 per year. And, this new research reveals that between 2004 and 2014, earnings growth was 42 percent for these professionals, adjusted for inflation. Although PAs are licensed medical professionals, the work does not require as much education and training as becoming a physician. This could be a great avenue to consider if you’re interesting in working within the medical profession.

  1. Occupational Therapists

Another high-paying job with a trend of rising wages that is also in the healthcare industry is that of occupational therapist. These folks earn a median income of over $60,000 a year, according to PayScale’s data, and earnings growth was reported as 38.9 percent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Indeed study. Plan on earning a master’s degree in occupational therapy and gaining experience through internships to land this job.

  1. Financial Managers

Pay increases consistently for financial managers over the course of their careers as they gain experience. Because this is a management role, experience is required, as well as a bachelor’s degree in finance, business, or a related area of study. Indeed reports that financial managers’ income increased 38.3 from 2004 to 2014.

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  1. Marketing Managers

Marketing managers earn an average salary of more than $60,000 per year. According to this new research, the earnings growth for the profession was 37.4 percent over the course of the last decade or so. These professionals must have excellent organizational abilities, along with relevant degrees, and some solid work experience in the field.

  1. Medical and Health-Services Managers

Another managerial profession makes the list. Medical and health-services managers saw earnings growth of 36.7 percent between 2004 and 2014, so these jobs should continue to feel solid in the years to come. Considerable experience in the industry is required, along with at least a bachelor’s degree.

For more information, be sure to check out the full report, The State of Opportunity: Overcoming the Wage Crisis in Today’s Labor Market for more information.

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That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck.


First of all — you are totally off base on the Occupational Therapy education requirements — it’s a minimum of a Master’s Degree. I think this article needs a bit more research o man it’s facts.

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