Thinking of a career change? You might want to consider one of these high paying and in demand jobs selected by the job rating website Glassdoor.
Their 2016 list is a mix of traditional high paying positions (pharmacist, lawyer) and highly skilled tech jobs (analytics manager, solution architect). The list is American, however the Canadian recruiting website Workopolis says that the Canadian market is comparable. The salaries listed are actual salaries reported by Glassdoor users.
As with many of these high paying jobs, a university degree is required — so the sooner you know what you want to do, the better.
20. Database Administrator
This is one of the many tech-based jobs that are on the list. Database administrators take care of storing and organizing data using special software. Duties include planning, monitoring and backing-up data. A degree in computer science is helpful.
19. Marketing Manager
A marketing manager takes care of a company's marketing and advertising. This could be for the company's products or the company itself. PayScale.com says that in large companies, there many be several marketing managers, each assigned to a different product or line.
18. Computer Hardware Engineer
If you like to tinker, this job may be right up your alley. Computer hardware designers create components and systems for use in all areas of computer technology. A bachelor's degree is required in most cases.
17. Quality Assurance Manager
16. Security Engineer
Security engineers are tasked with keeping computer systems safe and secure. Payscale.com says security engineers must constantly find new ways to stop hackers. Knowledge is key in this job and it all starts with a degree in computer science or cyber security.
15. Data Scientist
14. Supply Chain Manager
In many ways, they're the glue that holds a company together. O-Net Online has a laundry list of tasks that supply chain managers perform: direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing and distribution plus forecast costs and limit them, and constantly be on the lookout for ways to streamline systems.
Important skills include being able to listen and complex problem solving.
13. Physician Assistant
The health sector is growing and demand is increasing for many health-related jobs. The role of physician assistant is pretty self-explanatory.
Tasks include obtaining medical histories, assisting in diagnosing ailments and interpreting tests. In Canada, PAs may also perform examinations and council on preventative care. There are four physician assistant education programs in Canada.
12. Product Manager
A product manager oversees the development and some marketing of a product. The role of the product manager varies widely from company to company. Team-building and leadership skills are very important as is a business and/or marketing degree.
This is another growing area in the health care field. Pharmacists understand how drugs work, their side effects and advise patients on their use.
Many Canadian universities offer pharmacy degrees.
10. Tax Manager
Tax managers deal with tax preparation and compliance as well as offering planning ideas. An accounting degree and in-depth tax courses are critical for this position, as are strong communication skills.
9. IT Manager
According to Monster.com, IT managers maintain information technology strategies by managing staff and researching and implementing technological solutions. They're the technological gurus in any business.
At minimum you'll need a degree in a computer field, but an MBA with a tech focus is even better.
8. Analytics Manager
Skilled analytics managers are highly sought after. Like many data focused jobs, the analytics manager uses data as intelligence.
You'll need solid business skills for this job. An educational background in math and technology is also very important.
The demand for legal experts and lawyers continues to grow. Opportunities are quiet varied, so a good lawyer can often find work in a sector of interest. Salaries are high, but don't forget that you have to get a law degree first.
6. Solution Architect
A solution architect is one of those hard to understand tech jobs.
TechTarget describes it this way: "The solutions architect leverages all the tools and design principles delivered by enterprise and SOA (service-oriented architecture) architects to make each solution a success within the larger framework."
5. Finance Manager
Here's a job that's easy to understand. A finance manager looks after a company's financial health. They produce financial reports, direct investment and develop long-term goals.
You'll need a business degree.
4. Software Development Manager
As the title says, the software development manager oversees the development of software. They manage projects from concept to completion.
Because they work with a number of people in different departments, excellent communication skills are a must. Experience in project management and a computer science degree are required.
3. Software Architect
"Great software architects are designers and diplomats," says CNN. "They create innovative and valuable programs, but they also translate highly technical plans into a vision" that everyone can understand.
They're the link between management and the tech folks.
2. Pharmacy Manager
The pharmacy manager oversees one or more stores. They take care of compliance issues and monitor staff. They also make sure that the pharmacy is run efficiently, so that customers don't end up waiting too long.
As the population ages, the demand for medical professionals will keep growing. That's good news if you're just starting med school, as there will be plenty of jobs when you graduate.
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