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New graduates with college degrees earn an average of 60% more than employees with only a high school diploma, which adds up to more than an $800,000 difference over your lifetime. Several top universities, like Stanford and MIT in their Open Courseware department, and Harvard via the Open Learning Initiative, now offer online courses. Pursue your interests and your earnings will increase naturally as you gain business experience. By taking stock of your own preferences, you can decide what job areas you should be targeting.

A searchable list of job vacancies, grouped by occupation and location, is available via this free job search tool by Monster.com. The job listing results offer you starting salary data as well. Although most jobs which pay six-figure salaries require a college degree, technical fields offer starting salaries based more on ability. The US Department of Labor reports that web page designers draw a median salary of $52,400 a year, while freelance designers earn $67,000 yearly. You can locate your state's job bank to get assistance in many areas, like writing a resume, preparing for an interview, or researching company data to prepare for an interview.

Writing a Resume

You can emulate the sample resumes provided on the Monster.com website. By looking at the professional resume layout, you can avoid many of the mistakes new graduates make in over-preparing their resume. While experience is thin starting out, your resume can emphasize academic and community achievements, and serve to formally introduce yourself as a job candidate.

Employment:

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• Technical Experience

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• College or university, major, and degree
• Courses and GPA
• Job Training Courses
• Standardized Test Scores
• Licensing and Certification
• Study abroad
• Extracurriculars
• Volunteer Experience
• Foreign Languages

Job Interview Questions

The company you are interested in has finally granted you a job interview. Now what? Will you prepare well, and have ready answers for the following common interview questions, or will you waste the opportunity and arrive unprepared? Your job interviewer has one goal, to eliminate as many candidates as is possible, as quickly as possible, leaving only a handful of qualified applicants for the job. To pass the elimination round, you should know your strengths and weaknesses, and something about the company's products and servicers, at a bare minimum. Further, your resume is your professional representation in writing. How does your resume look? You can emulate the sample resumes provided on the Monster.com website. By looking at the professional resume layout, you can avoid many of the mistakes new graduates make in over-preparing their resume. While experience is thin starting out, your resume can emphasize academic and community achievements, and serve to formally introduce yourself as a job candidate.

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Given a few years of experience, you can expect regular salary increases. Industry-specific salary data can help you prove that you deserve a raise. Please consider your location when checking salary data, due to variable costs of living. The best time to use salary information to request a raise is at review time. That's when your boss is focused on your results and your impact on the company, so explain in direct terms why you think you deserve a raise.

 
Business Jobs - Listings

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Accountants$60,670$84,050
Actuaries$67,810$91,810
Advertising Managers$65,140$125,140
Advertising Sales$51,370$71,280
Appraisers Of Real Estate$51,110$86,140
Bill Collectors$30,640$53,930
Bookkeeping$31,780$46,020
Budget Analysts$63,920$93,080
Business Managers$74,070$124,070
Cashiers$17,930$27,210
Chief Executives$120,600$224,000
Claims Investigators$42,750$79,170
Commercial Divers$45,410$75,770
Couriers And Messengers$32,580$47,680
Credit Analysts$60,190$80,280
Editors$53,220$87,400
Employment Specialists$46,060$90,030
Executive Secretaries$39,160$59,740
Financial Analysts$71,240$118,000
Financial Managers$60,800$120,380
Hotel Clerks$25,480$37,030
Human Resources$32,200$48,320
Insurance Appraisers$49,980$68,420
Insurance Sales$58,450$85,090
Loan Officers$61,930$97,040
Marketing$67,610$107,610
Property Management$52,290$85,170
Public Relations$40,670$79,880
Purchasing$43,730$78,650
Receptionists$23,810$33,750
Retail Salespersons$27,200$42,930
Sales Managers$62,730$112,730
Secretaries$28,460$41,550
Shipping Clerks$27,480$40,590
Tax Preparers$33,160$56,640
Telemarketers$24,190$58,430
Tellers$34,900$56,610
Title Examiners$40,660$63,650
Transportation And Logistics$45,370$75,310
Wholesale And Retail Buyers$51,010$83,080


 
Medical Jobs - Listings

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Anesthesiologists$74,340$114,340
Athletic Trainers$38,860$67,580
Audiologists$61,110$89,160
Chiropractors$67,760$91,070
Clinical Psychologists$66,110$92,730
Counselors$28,340$57,800
Dental Assistants$35,850$47,040
Dental Hygienists$30,430$41,530
Dental Lab Technicians$30,500$45,950
Dentists$87,930$145,100
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$36,090$68,520
Dietitians$34,450$63,250
Emt, Paramedics$29,390$65,280
Family Medicine$78,850$108,320
Fitness Trainers$31,710$56,750
Home Health Aides$30,100$57,030
Internists$58,860$70,860
Licensed Vocational Nurses (Lvn)$54,480$84,780
Marriage Counselors$44,700$69,050
Massage Therapists$33,000$62,670
Medical Assistants$26,980$37,140
Medical Laboratory Technicians$30,550$59,260
Medical Records Technicians$29,140$45,260
Medical Transcriptionists$30,660$43,920
Mental Health Counselors$26,550$46,370
Nursing$37,760$74,130
Occupational Therapist Assistants$42,110$58,270
Occupational Therapists$66,010$87,330
Opticians$42,220$69,630
Orthodontists$74,220$123,280
Pediatricians$82,920$116,940
Pharmacists$65,950$80,450
Pharmacy Technicians$30,180$46,600
Physical Therapist Assistants$41,410$56,220
Physical Therapists$58,050$94,810
Physician Assistants$41,270$62,230
Physicians And Surgeons$92,220$182,220
Podiatrists$78,500$108,500
Psychiatry$86,990$129,990
Psychologists$50,360$77,840
Public Health$92,250$92,250
Radiation Therapists$47,580$62,110
Radiologic Technicians$52,110$77,160
Registered Nurses (Rn)$49,730$83,440
Rehabilitation$49,350$72,940
Respiratory Therapists$68,610$94,190
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$39,860$56,220
Skin Care Specialists$25,300$48,510
Speech-Language Pathologists$46,990$68,690
Surgeons$104,150$184,150
Surgical Technologists$39,680$73,630
Therapists$45,070$72,640
Veterinarians$81,490$133,150
Veterinary Assistants$21,060$39,510
Vocational Counselors$49,760$75,920


 
Legal and Law Enforcement Jobs - Listings

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Correctional Officers$29,850$42,810
Court Reporters$48,370$77,770
Criminal Justice$35,400$65,990
Detectives And Criminal Investigators$60,390$92,590
Fire Fighters$42,370$63,140
Inspectors$41,740$69,450
Law Clerks$44,200$74,920
Lawyers$85,360$155,360
Legal Secretaries$39,670$58,770
Paralegals$38,090$59,260
Police Dispatchers$32,590$67,190
Police Officers$48,410$72,450
Private Detectives$38,290$64,380
Probation Officers$43,540$67,180
Security Guards$24,120$45,370


 
Teaching Jobs - Listings

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Art Teachers$48,250$64,270
Biology Teachers$62,110$82,110
Business Professors$64,220$90,620
Chemistry Teachers$65,100$86,910
Computer Science Teachers$65,000$88,780
Education Administration$57,410$94,960
Elementary School Teachers$48,700$62,720
Engineering Teachers$52,080$89,610
English Teachers$57,320$74,290
History Teachers$43,200$71,530
Kindergarten Teachers$40,480$65,420
Math Teachers$46,010$72,040
Physics Teachers$49,950$77,540
Secondary School Teachers$41,150$61,100
Special Education Teachers$52,550$80,170



Technical Jobs - Listings

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Aerospace Engineers$89,260$124,550
Agricultural Engineers$67,810$96,270
Air Traffic Controllers$54,270$73,270
Aircraft Mechanics$39,300$71,780
Airline Pilots$70,380$130,380
Anthropologists$52,900$81,490
Architects$69,760$104,970
Architectural Drafting$43,900$63,310
Biochemists$70,900$129,510
Chemical Engineers$71,600$108,670
Chemists$66,040$106,310
Civil Engineers$72,120$104,420
Computer Programmers$75,500$106,610
Database Administrators$35,770$55,090
Economists$63,500$86,550
Electrical Engineers$78,900$115,240
Engineers$81,750$120,610
Environmental Engineers$72,590$106,230
Geographers$63,720$93,930
Industrial Engineering$70,630$100,980
Locomotive Engineers$49,560$82,510
Mathematicians$44,060$80,520
Mechanical Engineers$63,230$94,690
Network Analysts$65,230$90,460
Physicists$65,580$93,570
Sociologists$48,300$65,770
Sound Engineering$52,520$78,020
Statisticians$32,440$54,200
Surveying And Mapping$23,640$43,140
Technical Writers$60,850$91,720
Urban Planners$58,940$86,880
Zoologists$56,120$84,580


 
Design Jobs - Listings

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Actors$32,900$84,650
Artists$48,890$88,430
Broadcasters$56,910$86,000
Camera Operators$46,150$84,500
Choreographers$38,320$64,070
Coaches And Scouts$33,290$58,890
Commercial Designers$59,340$92,970
Craft Artists$41,450$63,210
Dancers$28,640$55,970
Designers$36,120$75,040
Fashion Designers$23,540$64,760
Film And Video Editors$58,100$91,720
Fine Artists$47,100$89,390
Graphic Designers$43,830$69,730
Interior Designers$48,000$88,760
Multi-Media And Animators$31,850$65,580
Musicians And Singers$35,260$97,080
Photographers$31,830$76,640
Producers And Film Directors$68,380$115,410
Radio And Television Announcers$36,120$68,600
Reporters And Foreign Correspondents$44,520$76,610
Set And Exhibit Designers$21,680$47,730
Writers And Authors$58,080$97,700


 
Skilled Trade Jobs - Listings

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Animal Trainers$29,920$46,630
Automotive Body$38,230$59,720
Automotive Mechanics$36,070$56,620
Bakers$23,710$35,380
Barbers$26,540$42,770
Bartenders$23,540$44,210
Brickmasons$44,370$67,450
Bus Drivers$25,130$38,630
Butchers$28,310$43,260
Cabinetmakers$28,760$53,060
Cargo Handling$39,440$55,040
Carpenters$48,930$73,330
Carpet Installers$38,280$64,710
Cement Masons$35,630$56,310
Chefs$47,880$65,730
Concierges$55,410$80,260
Construction Workers$36,930$57,320
Cooks$23,590$38,020
Drivers$37,030$54,750
Electricians$50,840$73,200
Farming$21,810$35,780
Farmworkers$18,630$35,120
Fishing$28,510$45,480
Flight Attendants$56,150$95,300
Florists$23,040$53,650
Food Services$18,710$28,720
Forest Workers$29,950$42,630
Gaming Dealers$67,340$104,070
Hairdressers$38,340$69,180
Interpreters$39,750$64,290
Janitors$19,730$33,060
Jewelers$33,300$74,940
Landscaping$33,250$58,190
Laundry Services$18,890$26,210
Lifeguards$18,410$25,440
Locksmiths$33,560$51,170
Machinists$35,810$52,640
Mail Clerks$33,510$50,840
Maintenance Workers$25,300$41,930
Metal Workers$23,730$39,850
Motorcycle Mechanics$32,000$58,480
Painters$36,230$65,680
Plumbers$65,830$112,360
Postal Carriers$41,070$69,570
Real Estate Sales$30,350$51,500
Refrigeration Mechanics$31,110$50,790
Roofers$32,350$55,140
Security Alarm Installers$26,410$43,830
Sheet Metal Workers$22,340$42,860
Short Order Cooks$24,870$42,840
Small Engine Mechanics$37,990$71,610
Stonemasons$31,440$44,850
Tailors$32,590$54,970
Taxi Drivers$35,860$55,610
Tile And Marble Setters$38,220$56,940
Tour Guides$22,310$54,630
Travel Agents$31,460$46,270
Truck Drivers$27,520$44,160
Umpires$27,450$45,430
Upholsterers$28,500$41,950
Waiters And Waitresses$32,760$52,160
Welders$36,760$53,950
Woodworkers$30,540$53,330

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



 
35 of the highest-paying jobs that only require an Associate's Degree:

1. Air Traffic Controllers
Median annual wage: $108,040
Degree required: Associate's degree
Work experience: 1-5 years
Description: Oversee aircraft flight paths, schedule
take-offs and landings.

2. Operations Managers
Median annual wage: $94,400
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings: 410,100
Work experience: 1-5 years
Description: In charge of business operations.

3. Condo Construction
Median annual wage: $83,860
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings: 120,400
Work experience: More than 5 years
Description: Oversee construction projects.
Set timelines, prepare contracts, and manage budgets.

4. Logistics Managers
Median annual wage: $80,210
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 33,700
Work experience: More than 5 years
Description: In charge of operations of railroads and shipping facilities.
Manage budgets, set policies and standards, and direct procurement.

5. Sales Managers
Median annual wage: $78,880
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 123,500
Work experience: More than 5 years
Description: Coordinate activities of sales workers. Maintain
salesforce, and set sales' goals.

6. Police Detectives
Median annual wage: $78,260
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 38,700
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: Coordinate activities of members of police force.

7. Commercial Pilots
Median annual wage: $77,500
Degree required: Postsecondary non-degree award
Projected job openings: 19,300
Description: Fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters.

8. Radiation Therapists
Median annual wage: $74,980
Degree required: Associate's degree
Description: Check equipment, observe patients’ reactions
to treatment, and document the session.

9. Store Managers
Median annual wage: $77,890
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 99,800
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: Plan, direct, and coordinate
supportive services of an organization.

10. Vocational Nurses
Median annual wage: $73,690
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings: 1,207,400
Description: Provide and coordinate patient care, educate
patients and the public about various health conditions.

11. Elevator Installers
Median annual wage: $70,910
Degree required: High school diploma
Description: Fix, and maintain elevators, escalators,
moving walkways, and other lifts.

12. Private Investigators
Median annual wage: $68,820
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 30,100
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: Conduct investigations related to violations
of Federal, State, or local laws, to prevent or solve crimes.

13. Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Median annual wage: $68,560
Degree required: Associate's degree
Description: Use a scanner to create images of a patient’s body.
Prepare radioactive drugs and administer to patients.

14. Dental Office Managers
Median annual wage: $68,250
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings: 104,900
Description: Clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases.
Provide other preventative dental care.

15. Fire Fighters
Median annual wage: $68,250
Degree required: Postsecondary non-degree award
Projected job openings: 33,100
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: Workers engaged in fire fighting and
fire prevention and control.

16. Electronics Repair
Median annual wage: $65,230
Degree required: Postsecondary non-degree award
Description: Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment
in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.

17. Fashion Designers
Median annual wage: $65,530
Degree required: High school diploma
Description: Sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give
instructions on how to make the final products.

18. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Median annual wage: $65,380
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings: 31,700
Description: Use imaging equipment that directs sound waves
into a patient’s body, to diagnose various medical conditions.

19. Graphic Designers
Median annual wage: $64,840
Degree required: High school diploma
Description: Creative occupations.

20. Factory Mechanics
Median annual wage: $64,150
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 164,900
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: Repair industrial and manufacturing equipment.

21. Power Plant Operators
Median annual wage: $63,080
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 14,400
Description: Control the systems that generate
and distribute electric power.

22. Business Operations
Median annual wage: $62,450
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 327,200
Description: Coordinate the operations of companies,
such as training and planning.

23. Media Communications
Median annual wage: $61,680
Degree required: High school diploma
Description: Set up, operate and monitor audio, video
and digital equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings,
conventions, presentations, and news conferences.

24. Ranch Management
Median annual wage: $60,750
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 234,500
Work experience: More than 5 years
Description: Plan and direct the management or operation of farms,
ranches, greenhouses, aquaculture, nurseries, or timber tracts.

25. Postmasters
Median annual wage: $60,300
Degree required: High school diploma
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: Direct and coordinate operational, administrative,
management, and supportive services of a U.S. post office.

26. Construction Trades
Median annual wage: $58,680
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 259,700
Work experience: More than 5 years
Description: Construction, renovation, or excavation work.

27. Insurance Claims Examiners
Median annual wage: $58,620
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 79,900
Description: Evaluate insurance claims.

28. Aerospace Engineering Technicians
Median annual wage: $58,080
Degree required: Associate's degree
Description: Maintain equipment used in developing, testing,
and producing new aircraft and spacecraft.

29. Electrical Power-line Installers
Median annual wage: $58,030
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 52,700
Description: Install or repair electrical power systems and
telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

30. Engineering Technicians
Median annual wage: $58,020
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings: 16,800
Description: Solve technical problems. Help engineers
and scientists perform research and development.

31. Purchasing Agents
Median annual wage: $56,580
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 91,200
Description: Buy products for organizations to use or resell.

32. Loan Officers
Median annual wage: $56,490
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 115,200
Description: Evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval
of loan applications.

33. Insurance Claims Appraisers
Median annual wage: $56,230
Degree required: Postsecondary non-degree award
Description: Evaluate insurance claims and determine
the amount of fair settlements.

34. Electrical Technicians
Median annual wage: $56,040
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings: 31,800
Description: Help engineers design and develop computers,
communications equipment, medical monitoring devices,
and other electrical and electronic equipment.

35. Correctional Officers
Median annual wage: $52,910
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings: 16,500
Description: Coordinate the investigation of criminal cases,
train staff, and oversee tasks related to police operations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

If you’re looking for a job, you may see ads for firms that promise fast results. Many of these firms may be legitimate, but a few may misrepresent their services, promote out-dated or fraudulent job offerings, or charge a fee in advance, for services that may not have any value. Most job listings are posted online, in one form or another. Before you spend money responding to placement firms or signing a placement contract, check out the business via your state Better Business Bureau. Be skeptical of any employment firm that charges you money, especially if they guarantee results. Real job placement firms receive their fees from employers who are listing positions. Be aware that some listing services and employment consultants write their ads to sound like they are offering jobs when in fact they’re actually selling general information about job hunting. Finally, follow up with your own job search to find out if a company is really hiring.
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Environmental Jobs$72,590
Graphic Design$49,300
Human Resources$32,200
Medical Assistants$28,980
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Mechanics$88,620
Mental Health$34,550
Nursing Jobs$47,760
Physical Therapists$65,050
Public Relations$40,670
Radiology$52,110
Rehabilitation$49,350
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