Network Systems/Data Communications Analyst
Other titles include Network Engineers, Systems Engineers, Systems Administrators, Network Specialists, and System Programmers. These individuals evaluate, analyze, test, and design network systems such as Internet, intranet, local area networks (LAN), network systems, and other systems for data communication. At an increase of almost 54% since 2006, this job is considered one of the leading jobs in the United States with a salary approximately $73,000 a year. Although the majority of these positions require a bachelor’s degree, some companies only require associates degrees in areas such as information technology or computer science.
Computer Software Engineer
Other titles include Application Integration Engineer, Software Development Engineer, Software Architect, Technical Consultant, and Business Systems Analyst. These individuals create, develop, and modify computer software, analyze the needs of the user, and may work alone or with a group, team or department. This career is expected to increase by at least 44% by the year 2016. Companies hiring these engineers are willing to pay yearly salaries around $87,000, but they are requiring at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering.
Other titles include Personal Financial Advisor, Securities Analyst, Equity Research Analyst, Operational Risk Analyst, Research Analyst, and Investment Analyst. These individuals conduct quantitative examinations for both public and private sectors paying attention to investment programs. By the year 2016, more than 540,000 of these individuals will be earning a yearly salary of around $66,000; but not without the necessary education. Companies hiring these individuals are looking for bachelor degrees in areas such as business administration, finance, and accounting with required coursework in economics, business, and statistics.
Substance Abuse/Behavioral Disorder Counselor
Other titles include Substance Abuse Counselor, Addictions Counselor, Case Manager, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist, Assessment Specialist, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. They guide and counsel those suffering from various types of addiction such as drug, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc. Counseling may include individuals, families, or group settings. Unlike the other top jobs listed here, the position of a licensed counselor does require a master’s degree; however, some states will accept those who have a bachelor’s degree and additional counseling coursework. Their yearly salary is reported to be around $39,000.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Other titles include Physical Therapy Technician and Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. These individuals work closely with Physical Therapists in the treatment of patients including development of treatment plans. Patients include those who have been involved in accidents and those with various disabilities. An associate’s degree from an accredited program meets the educational requirements, and comes with a yearly salary of around $46,000.