Thursday, August 03, 2006

Surprising Six-Figure Jobs

Want to make six figures? You're probably thinking you've got to work on Wall Street, a law firm or have gone through years of medical school to earn that kind of a salary. There are many jobs that pay well. But you might never thought the following jobs would pay you six-figures.

1. Court Reporter
Special skills are always in demand. If you can type 200 or so words a minute, a six-figure job transcribing court testimony or captioning Web casts can be had in some areas.

2. Professional Coach
Thought the 90s were over? Nope, the Oprah era lives on. Those seeking a cheerleader to help them through life's problems will shell out big bucks to have a shoulder to lean on. About 20% of the 10,000 coaches make six figures, according to industry estimates.

3.Mine Manager
Claustrophobia aside, a profession with a median salary of $106,000 a year awaits those with the project management skills to set budgets and deadlines for mining projects, plus review and enforce safety procedures. A college degree is not always necessary.

4. Sales person
Sales is accurately described as the world's easiest high paying job for some, and the toughest low paying job for others. If you have a way with people and can handle rejection, it doesn't matter if you're selling stocks, life insurance, cars or magazine subscriptions. You'll make big bucks.

5. Truck Driver
Wages vary depending on location and seniority, but long haul truckers willing to hit the road for weeks at a time can pull in $100,000 or more a year, plus benefits.

6. Pressman
Otherwise known as printing machine operators, those who keep the presses going for newspapers, magazines and books make as much as $32 an hour in some areas, which can yield six figures annually with overtime. The rise of the Web, however, means fewer of these jobs are available

7. Tech Writer
While Silicon Valley isn't quite what it used to be, some $50 an hour freelance tech writing jobs can still be had. For those who understand high-tech issues, with the ability to write about them in way that makes them understandable to the masses, this job could be for you.

8. Restaurant Manager
Working your way up to manager from the kitchen or wait staff can earn you $100,000 or more, according to This is usually reserved for higher end establishments and resorts.

9. Air Traffic Controller
A high stress job with a daunting training program that chops many new hires out before they ever get started. But openings will be aplenty as much of the current crop retires over the next five years. Many pay close to $100,000 to start.

10. Elementary School Principal
The national median is $76,000 a year, but those school principals in higher income areas with large enrollments break the six figure barrier.

Source: forbes


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