Top 5 Tips To Find A High-Paying Job

1. Utilize job boards

Knowing where to start may be the most difficult thing in your job hunt, but job boards can simplify the process and help you reach your new higher-income job ASAP!

To effectively utilize popular job boards like Indeed, SimplyHired, and Monster, start by narrowing your search criteria.

Most sites offer an “Advanced Search” option, where you can select details like location, industry, and salary to produce a focused list of results. Using this feature is one of the best ways you can ensure that you are only applying for jobs that match who you are as a candidate.

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What Is the Highest Paying Job in the World?

The highest-paying job in the world, in a traditional sense, holds the number one spot in this article: anesthesiologist. They are also the only job listed above $300,000 a year. The list, however, does not take into account mega-CEOs like Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos, who make considerably more than that.

16. Answer thoughtfully

Don’t let your pounding heartbeat or the butIn some interviews, you may feel as though your body is competing for your attention. Don’t let your pounding heartbeat or the butterflies swirling in your stomach make more noise than your thoughts.

If you sense your nerves getting the best of you, slow your speech and regain control. Listen carefully. Don’t be afraid to pause for a second or two to show you’re thinking the question through.

In fact, feel free to ask for clarification, if necessary. When you’re ready to answer, answer thoughtfully. Replace your “um”s and “uh”s with a pause. And, don’t forget to breathe!

3. Nuclear Technician

Median salary: $84,190 Education needed: associate degree Job growth: -19%

Nuclear techs work in nuclear power plants and use computers and other equipment to monitor and run nuclear reactors. They work closely with scientists and engineers. This job offers competitive pay, but keep in mind that it’s on the decline, which means poor job security in the future.

5. Make sure to network

Even in a digital age where hiring managers have access to thousands of resumes online, networking is still one of the best ways to find a high-paying job in many industries. Making professional connections, and reaching out to them when you are ready to make a career move, is one of the best ways to succeed in a job search. While this can be difficult for many introverted people, it is important that you step outside of your comfort zone, as networking is still one of the best ways to find a new job.  

Take some time to skim through your contacts on your phone, your friends list on social media, and your connections on LinkedIn to see if you know anyone who may have a connection in your industry. Do not be afraid to reach out and let these individuals know that you are on the job hunt. Not only do you have nothing to lose by reaching out (the worst thing that can happen is you find out that their company isn’t hiring), but you may be surprised by how many people are willing to help you find a job, as many companies provide current employees with referral bonuses.  

14. Plumber

Median salary: $56,330 Education needed: high school diploma, apprenticeship Job growth: 4%

Plumbers install and repair piping systems in homes, factories and businesses. Because plumbers often respond to urgent calls (nothing is worse than a busted toilet!), they’re expected to work occasional nights and weekends.   

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Media and communication equipment workers

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Median annual wage: $79,500Projected job growth through 2026: 8 percent

In-demand in the movie and film industry, these workers install, maintain and repair audio and visual systems in businesses and homes. They also typically train customers in how to use the equipment appropriately.

Breaking into this role requires only a high school diploma, though those with experience in electrical installation and repair or those with a certification or associate's degree in a related field may find it easier to get hired. Workers will need short-term on-the-job training.

9. Family Medicine Physicians: $235,930

The BLS defines this category as physicians who "diagnose, treat, and provide preventive care to individuals and families across the lifespan." These medical doctors often refer patients to specialists for advanced treatments.

Family medicine physicians, also known as primary care physicians, are typically where patients go for periodic exams and the treatment of common health ailments, such as sinus and respiratory infections, as well as chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Some primary care doctors specifically work with adults (internists) or children (pediatricians). Those who treat patients of all ages, from childhood to advanced age, are known as family physicians. Because of their varied patient population, family practice doctors generally manage a wider range of medical conditions.

  • Education — After graduation from medical school, family medicine physicians complete a residency program. Doctors are required to complete a certain number of months in each training area before applying for board certification.
  • Job Outlook — According to the BLS, employment among family medicine doctors is expected to grow 5% from 2020 to 2030.

4. Learn what special skills and experience leads to higher pay 

Almost every industry has certain sectors that are considered more valuable. For instance, a neurologist will probably have a higher salary than a general doctor. Additionally, an artificial intelligence expert will generally have a higher salary than a web programmer. 

Every industry also values certain skills over others. There are some industries that value employees who are multilingual. Others prefer those who are self-starters and mentors. By learning what skills and sectors pay the most, you can start refining your skills to match the needs of high-paying jobs.

It’s one thing to possess the skills, but you also have to highlight them in your resume and in places where recruiters might look, like your LinkedIn profile. Consider consulting resume experts if you lack the confidence to apply for jobs with the CV you did yourself. You can also try creating a video resume for yourself in order to stand out and grab recruiter’s attention. Also when creating an online resume or profile, make sure you add a professional-looking filter to your photos or get headshots taken. 

Elevator installers and repairers

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Median annual wage: $79,480Projected job growth through 2026: 12 percent

Keeping people moving with little personal effort is big business. Demand for elevator installers and repairers is expected to grow at 12 percent in the next seven years, much faster than the average rate for most U.S. jobs, according to the BLS. These workers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, chairlifts and other lifts. Elevator repairers typically earn a little more as their job requires a greater knowledge of electronics, hydraulics and electricity than do installers, since a large part of maintenance and repair work is troubleshooting.

Becoming an elevator installer or repairer starts with a four-year apprenticeship program sponsored by a union, industry association or individual contractor. To enter such a program, you'll need a high school diploma. Even after the program, on-going training is required and 35 states, currently, require an installer or repairer to be licensed.

Develop your leadership skills

No matter how much the job market shifts, one skill that’s always in demand is leadership. You have an advantage if you’re already in a management position, since you’re developing your leadership ability just by overseeing direct reports. But if you’re not a supervisor yet, there are other ways to develop leadership skills.

You can offer to mentor an entry-level employee, lead a training seminar, or develop a volunteer program to improve the company’s image. Craig Toedtman, an executive coach in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, says you can also sharpen your leadership skills outside your job by taking an executive position at a professional association or nonprofit.

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Take smart risks

To make a big salary leap, you’ll likely have to push yourself outside your comfort zone and apply to high-paying jobs that might seem like a stretch.

“Disregard the barriers to entry,” Toedtman advises. “If you see a job you want, and you feel you can do it well, don’t hesitate to apply,” he says.

Remember to focus on what you bring to the table and how you can add value to the company’s bottom line. Give them examples that demonstrate you’re a problem solver who can take on challenges and turn them into accomplishments.

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3. Establish yourself as an expert in your field

To make yourself more attractive to potential employers and to ensure that you start earning what you are worth, you must find ways to establish yourself as an expert in your field. You want it to be immediately apparent to outside observers (such as hiring managers) that you keep up with industry trends and have the skills and knowledge to make an impact if hired. A few key steps that you can take to do this include:

  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends and write about them in a blog or e-book
  • Create a professional YouTube channel

Anything you can do to be seen as an expert in your field can help ensure that you are offered a salary commensurate with your skills. It can also gain you exposure to recruiters and head hunters willing to provide you with new opportunities.  

The Importance of Self-Awareness

In today’s crazy-busy world, we sometimes don’t stop long enough to think about ourselves. Yet self-awareness is the first and most important element in recognizing what you need to live a happy, fulfilling life. Self-Awareness is strongly connected to understanding and developing emotional intelligence. Taking time to self-reflect will help you assess what you love doing, what you do best and what shortcomings you may have. It also should include examining your integrity – identifying the core beliefs and values that strengthen it. This assessment can give you a road map to improving the skills you need to have the job you love.

Tips for getting a higher paying job

If you're trying to advance your career and find a higher paying job, these tips can help you to position yourself for success in your search:

Share your expertise

One of the best ways to make a name for yourself is to seek out opportunities to get published or give speeches in your chosen field. These look great on a resume and also serve as an excellent way to make connections with others in your field.

Attend industry conferences

If your company sends employees to conventions, you should put your name forward to represent the company, as conferences offer many advantages when seeking a higher-paying job. In addition to helping you to network, you can also pick up valuable skills by attending lectures or classes at the convention to improve your performance.

Show off your skills online

From blogs to social media and video hosting sites, creating your own online presence to show off your work skills is an ideal way to build a portfolio. This helps both in getting official engagements and as a means of easily showing off your work when applying.

Don't be afraid to ask

A simple way to get opportunities in business that many miss out on is to directly ask for the things you want. Whether it's a job opening you want or an opportunity that will help you get that job in the future, don't hesitate to try for the opportunity. Being willing to face the disappointment of being turned down may open up a door you otherwise would not have thought passable.

Offer consulting advice

If you've developed expertise in your field, serving as a consultant for others in the industry as a supplemental source of income is a means of increasing the pay you are earning. It also is a valuable entry on a resume when applying for a better-paying job.

Seek out leadership roles

Taking a position that has you managing a team shows valuable leadership skills. If a project arises where you feel you would be an effective project head, consider putting your name forward for the task.

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