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How to Land a High-Paying Job

by Johnny Kilhefner , studioD

Getting a high-paying job doesn't happen overnight; you have to have the right education and experience. You can't expect to put your career on autopilot and earn income passively, but you can make a six-figure income if you have the motivation and drive.


Not everyone in a high-paying job has an education from a four-year university, but a bachelor's degree can help you get in the door at many companies. A bachelor's is the standard degree needed to land a high-paying job, with master's and PhDs providing even more leverage for great jobs. A bachelor of engineering degree, according to Yahoo Finance, yields a starting salary of $51,700, with the potential to earn more than $155,000 a year. A bachelor of computer science degree has a starting, entry-level salary of $56,600, with the potential to earn more than $97,900.


Never stop learning. Having a genuine interest in the job is important. Keep looking for ways that will improve your knowledge of your career and your experience. For instance, marketers may find spending time in sales helps make them more efficient marketers.

Soft Skills

Soft skills include verbal and nonverbal communication. High-paying jobs often take place at the higher level, where employee communication is important. Being able to communicate with words and body language is a vital leadership skill that can lead to a higher-paying position in management. If you invest your time in learning ways to better lead in your company, you'll eventually gain recognition and progress into a higher-paying leadership role.


Get online and network with people of influence in your industry on social networks. Surround yourself with people you wish to contact or with qualities you wish to acquire. Go to job fairs and career events and talk to other attendees. Make an impression with your soft skills and pass out well-made business cards.

About the Author

Johnny Kilhefner is a writer with a focus on technology, design and marketing. Writing for more than five years, he has contributed to Writer's Weekly, PopMatters, Bridged Design and APMP, among many other outlets.

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