Ten Jobs That Pay 80K A Year: Which job will you take?

La Saria 2008/11/12 21:37:04
Associate Actuary
Compensation and Benefits Manager
Floor Broker
Marketing Manager
Petroleum Engineer
Risk Management Supervisor
None of the above
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After you receive your paycheck, don't you wish the numbers could be doubled? Your life might much easier with a challenging job that will help you financially during these hard times. Here are ten great jobs that pay $80,000 a year:

1. Associate Actuary - Most often employed by insurance agencies, actuaries use data to calculate the likelihood and expense of an event, such as death or illness, and help formulate an insurance policy based on their findings.
Annual mean income: $81,924*
Projected employment in 2016: 22,000**
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 24 percent

2. Attorney - Attorneys can choose to concentrate on a variety of specializations, which include tax law, criminal law, civil law, bankruptcy, environmental law and more.
Annual mean income: $88,235
Projected employment in 2016: 844,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 11 percent

3. Compensation and benefits manager - Compensation and benefits managers are human resources specialists who oversee compensation, insurance programs, performance reviews and hiring for their employers.
Annual mean income: $80,011
Projected employment in 2016: 55,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 12 percent

4. Economist - Economists study, analyze and project how individual people, firms, industries and governments spend money and use resources.
Annual mean income: $80,817
Projected employment in 2016: 16,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 7 percent

5. Floor broker - Floor brokers bargain with other brokers over the price of stocks. A sales agent then sells the securities or commodities to an investor for the negotiated price.
Annual mean income: $83,608
Projected employment in 2016: 399,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 25 percent

6. Marketing manager - Marketing managers calculate a need for their company's services in order to stay competitive with other businesses and satisfy customer demand.
Annual mean income: $86,283
Projected employment in 2016: 192,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 14 percent

7. Petroleum engineer - Petroleum engineers work with scientists and other specialists to drill for oil and natural gas using the most efficient methods possible. Their research helps them develop new procedures for drilling and find new locations of oil and gas reservoirs.
Annual mean income: $86,899
Projected employment in 2016: 18,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 5 percent

8. Pharmacist - Based on a doctor's prescription or a patient's needs, pharmacists dispense medication. Physicians and patients rely on pharmacists to answer questions about the necessary dosages and side effects of a medication.
Annual mean income: $88,786
Projected employment in 2016: 296,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 22 percent

9. Risk management supervisor - Organizations employ risk management supervisors to create and monitor insurance programs that address potential financial loss, property damage and legal issues that could arise.
Annual mean income: $85,655
Projected employment in 2016: 570,000***
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 13 percent

10. Veterinarian - Provide health care for family pets, livestock and zoo animals. They provide check-ups, treat diseases and advise caretakers on how to best raise their animals.
Annual mean income: $80,069
Projected employment in 2016: 84,000
Increase between 2006 and 2016: 35 percent
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  • Locksmith 2009/02/20 04:48:12
    None of the above
    I don't think I could stomach working for someone else, it's soul destroying
  • Musiclvr11 2008/11/13 22:59:44
    Animals are cute.
  • Karensue322 2008/11/13 20:33:54
    Would rather work with animals then people...........they appreciate you more!
  • trader 2008/11/13 20:21:59
    Out of this list. The others work with people too much.
  • Smokey 2008/11/13 20:17:44
    None of the above
    They forgot IT Specialists
  • Mr. Nichols 2008/11/13 20:15:08
    Mr. Nichols
    Hands down.
  • Citizen Phil 2008/11/13 19:50:14
    None of the above
    Citizen Phil
    Of the above list the only jobs I would consider, partially because of personal interests are (in order of preference):
    1. Risk Management Supervisor - I have experience in risk management.
    2. Veterinarian - Animals love me. I've found few of them that don't like their ears scratched.
    2. Pharmacist - As a scientist this could be a challenging and interesting job.
  • Dirty Little Doughboy 2008/11/13 19:38:19
    None of the above
    Dirty Little Doughboy
    Male Prostitute....I can make $80K in 6 months.

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  • OZ151 Dirty L... 2008/11/16 17:06:10
    If it takes you six months then you must not be that good at it.
  • wgossett99 2008/11/13 17:09:11
    Petroleum Engineer
    I'm close enough now. I'm a mechanical/process engineer in the oil industry. I earn more than the average already.
  • OZ151 2008/11/13 16:14:34
    None of the above
    I make more than that driving my wrecker. Thanks to all the people that do not know how to drive. driving people
  • wgossett99 OZ151 2008/11/13 17:10:51
    I'm glad you make a good living but it is sad that so many people are poor drivers.
  • OZ151 wgossett99 2008/11/13 17:17:35
    You would be surprised. I had a girl the other day that rolled her car 3 times... Why? She was trying to read a book while driving down the interstate. (Steven King)
    It looked something like this...

    car 3 times read book driving interstate steven king looked
  • milkman36 OZ151 2008/11/14 01:26:48
    Nice photoshop picture there.
  • OZ151 milkman36 2008/11/16 12:05:01
    Yeah well they are not my pics...Mine are better.
  • milkman36 OZ151 2008/11/16 16:57:40
    Whatever......I was just stating the obvious, you really think I would give a shit if your photoshop abilities are any better or not?
  • OZ151 milkman36 2008/11/16 17:05:04
    No I just had to be a smart ass
  • milkman36 OZ151 2008/11/16 19:41:58
    Umm ok, maybe try a bit harder next time.
  • firefly 2008/11/13 16:04:23
    Been in risk management-duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
  • jast 2008/11/13 05:50:40
    None of the above
    Heck, neighborhood watch organizer, I mean, community organizer sounds like it pays off better..
  • Charu ∞... jast 2008/12/03 03:41:03
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    LOL - me too!
  • jacobtree 2008/11/13 05:14:36
    None of the above
    None of those jobs are for me. Sales is my game and I make 80K+ a year.
  • Lovely 2008/11/13 05:04:47
    None of the above
    I like my job.
  • Tbn1587 2008/11/13 04:00:40
    Marketing Manager
    Im majoring in marketing right now and my goal is to get to management in the field.
  • Mr. Nic... Tbn1587 2008/11/13 20:17:11
    Mr. Nichols
    Nice bike. I had an 07 Red. Loved it until I crashed it.
  • Tbn1587 Mr. Nic... 2008/11/15 03:33:17
    O Yeah? A CBR600RR? I dont have one yet but Im getting one next year. Tell me.. Does it handle well?
  • Mr. Nic... Tbn1587 2008/11/15 21:08:58
    Mr. Nichols
    It handled like a dream. The stabilizer was incredible! And the bike is SUPER light, so easy to pull it from side to side in the corners.

    One time, I was in a second gear wheelie, sat the wheel down at about 80 mph, but the front wheel was turned. I thought I was gonna eat it, but as soon as the wheel hit the road, the stabilizer popped right back into the straight on position.

    The only problem is that if you're at full throttle and try to ease through a curve, you have to back off the throttle a little. The stabilizer works on throttle position and speed. So, the harder you're on the throttle, the stiffer the stabilizer is.

    But, I've hit potholes at 50mph+ by accident, and had no problems at all.
  • Tbn1587 Mr. Nic... 2008/11/16 04:00:27
    O man..thats sounds so awesome...Make me want it even more now..damn can't wait... Do you still have your bike?
  • Mr. Nic... Tbn1587 2008/11/16 20:40:16
    Mr. Nichols
    Nope. I was in a 70mph stand up wheelie when my left foot slipped off the peg. Went down hard. Shattered my left leg and totalled the bike. My fault, ya know.
  • Tbn1587 Mr. Nic... 2008/11/17 04:55:48
    Wow..Sounds terrible..hope you're alright now..too bad for your bike. a pleasure talking to you.
  • Mr. Nic... Tbn1587 2008/11/17 21:16:29
    Mr. Nichols
    You too. Take it easy.
  • milkman36 2008/11/13 03:57:29
    None of the above
    None of these jobs.......Over the road trucker (Owner/Operator) if you own your own truck and do it right you can make well over 100k a year as a solo driver, team driver operation (husband/wife team) can make nearly double that!
  • mustangluver 2008/11/13 02:59:36
    None of the above
  • BatCountry 2008/11/13 02:25:22
    Always looks fun no TV, and everyone knows ALL thats on TV is true!
  • Lovely BatCountry 2008/11/13 05:03:30
  • Greatbear100~support our vets 2008/11/13 01:54:58
    Greatbear100~support our vets
    Should be a high demand for economists with the current economic crisis. Someone who can look at the various theories and propose a system that will get us through the crisis possibly even a combination of one or more of the old system to create a syste that will provide a solution for all of us around the world.
  • RebelStang 2008/11/13 01:40:25
    Vet Is The Best! Helping GODs Creatures!
  • Sono Violado 2008/11/13 01:33:07
    Sono Violado
    I like a job where I only have to pretend to know something about what they think I should be doing.
  • SeaJ 2008/11/13 01:23:41 (edited)
  • icymore 2008/11/13 01:11:23
    civil rights attorney

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