The term "well-paying" is subjective and can mean different things to different people. However, careers that provide salaries substantially above the national average while allowing you to work evening hours are readily available. Many industries run on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week, including health care and law enforcement. Because most individuals prefer to work traditional daytime hours, many evening shifts pay additional wages to fill these positions.
Registered Nurses: TLC 24/7
Registered nurses provide patient care as their primary duty. Because health care is a 24-hour a day job, many RNs work evening hours. RNs typically have three educational choices: acquiring a four-year degree in nursing, a two-year associate degree in nursing or a diploma from an approved nursing program. RNs must be licensed to work in their state of employment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of RNs will grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. The BLS also reports that, as of May 2012, the annual average wage for RNs was $67,930.
Pharmacists: Dispensing Meds at All Hours
Pharmacists fill prescriptions and give advice to patients on their safe use. Some retail pharmacies keep late hours or even stay open 24 hours a day, and hospital pharmacies may be staffed around the clock. Pharmacists must have a doctor of pharmacy degree from an accredited school. All pharmacists must have a state-issued license. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation should increase 25 percent between 2010 and 2020. The average salary was $114,950 as of May 2012.
Physician Assistants: Helping Patients Feel Better
Physician assistants are graduates of a formal educational program that prepares them to provide medical care, although they must have supervision from a licensed doctor. They examine patients, make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. Since health care is a 24-hour a day job, PAs are needed around the clock. PAs must be licensed after earning a master's degree in a physician assistant program. The BLS predicts that the occupation will expand 30 percent during the decade ending in 2020. The May 2012 report from the BLS listed the annual mean wage for PAs as $92,460.
Police Officers and Sheriff's Deputies: To Protect and To Serve
Police officers and sheriff's deputies maintain order and protect life and property. Sheriff's deputies enforce the law on the county level, while most police officers work for either city or state law enforcement agencies. Educational requirements to become a police officer or sheriff's deputy depend on department policy. Requirements may be as simple as a high school diploma, or the department may require a college degree. Employment is expected to increase 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the BLS. As of May 2012, the average annual salary was $57,770.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: What Registered Nurses Do
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: How to Become a Registered Nurse
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Registered Nurses -- Job Outlook
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012 -- Registered Nurses
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: What Pharmacists Do
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Pharmacists -- Work Environment
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: How to Become a Pharmacist
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Pharmacists -- Job Outlook
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012 -- Pharmacists
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: What Physician Assistants Do
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