People who find work in a field that pays more than $60,000 annually earn more than the average worker. According to Social Security, the average wage in the U.S. in 2012 was $44,321.67. A salary of $60,000 even tops the average household income, which was $52,100 in June 2013, according to the New York Times. Several careers offer salaries in the $60,000 range, including post-secondary teaching, technical writing, accounting and nursing.
College and university professors earn an average annual salary of $62,050, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Projected job growth in this field through 2020 will be 17 percent, which is about average compared with other fields. Post-secondary educators generally need to earn a doctorate degree, although community colleges sometimes employ teachers who hold a master's degree. Professors teach students, do research and write academic papers for publication in scholarly journals. They work flexible, mainly daytime hours with time off for holidays and weekends, although they sometimes teach evening or weekend classes. Post-secondary educators earn a good salary while sharing their enthusiasm for a subject in which they have become an expert.
According to the BLS, technical writers earn an average annual salary of $63,280. The projected job growth for technical writers through 2020 is 17 percent, which is about average. Technical writers generally have a bachelor's degree in English, journalism or communication, as well as training in a field relevant to their particular job, such as engineering, computer science or medicine. Experience in web design is also helpful. Technical writers create instructional manuals and other documents that facilitate the understanding of complex, specialized material. In addition to writing the material, technical writers choose graphics such as photographs and charts. Technical writers collaborate with other professionals, such as engineers, scientists, computer specialists and software developers, in the course of producing the materials.
Accountants and Auditors
Accountants and auditors' annual salaries averaged in at $61,690 in 2010, according to the BLS. Job growth is predicted to be 16 percent through 2020, which is about average. Accountants and auditors need to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field. Many accountants choose to become CPAs, or Certified Public Accountants, which requires passing a national examination and meeting any other requirements at the state level. Educational requirements for CPAs became more stringent in 2012. In 46 states and the District of Columbia, CPAs must complete 150 hours of coursework. The normal amount of credit hours for a bachelor's degree is 120. Accountants and auditors work for individuals or companies, assessing their finances for accuracy and efficiency, preparing their taxes and maintaining financial records.
Registered nurses earned an average annual salary of $64,690 in 2010, according to the BLS. The projected job growth in this field is strong. Jobs will increase by 26 percent through 2020, which is higher than average job growth. While some registered nurses have an associate's degree, an increasing number of jobs require nurses to hold a bachelor's of science in nursing degree. Nurses' training includes classroom time and clinical experience in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes and public health departments. After completing their education, registered nurses need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN. Nurses record patients' medical histories, provide treatment and administer medications, consult with other medical professionals, monitor equipment, instruct patients on how to manage their conditions and provide other needed patient care.
- Social Security: National Average Wage Index
- New York Times: Median Income Rises, but Is Still 6% Below Level at Start of Recession in ’07
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Postsecondary Teachers
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:Technical Writer
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Accountants and Auditors
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Registered Nurses
- New York Times: More Stringent Requirements Send Nurses Back to School
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