Minggu, 15 Agustus 2010

Make the Most Amount of Money in the Shortest Amount of Time

by Shannon Dauphin, FindtheRightSchool.com

Many high-paying jobs require an advanced degree and years of education. But what if you don't have the time to wait? These are a few of the highest-paying entry level careers, and best of all, you don't have to toil through years of higher education to get your foot in the door.

Though the jobs listed here require an associate's degree to start, earning a bachelor's degree in your chosen field dramatically increases your income potential. Whether you choose to go the traditional route and attend college classes or choose the online degree programs offered by many reputable universities, these professions can offer not only a good income, but growth and job stability as well.

Electrical Engineer
An associate's degree is the launching pad for many engineering jobs. Two years or less will have you working at entry level for some engineering professions, while a bachelor's degree can put you in the running for the top positions.

There has never been a better time to work as an electrical engineer. Electrical engineers are responsible for designing, testing, and maintaining electrical equipment. They are always on the cutting edge of new technology and innovations.

Salary: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median income for an electrical engineer was $97,204 in 2007.

An associate's degree in paralegal studies takes two years or less, but becoming a paralegal might take even less time than that, as some employers train their paralegals on the job.

Though attorneys take ultimate responsibility for any legal papers they file, they rely heavily on paralegals to do the legwork. Paralegals learn as they go, and can often wind up with a knowledge of law that is equivalent to that of their employer. The income for a paralegal varies depending upon geographic location, education, experience, and the focus of the employer's law practice.

Salary: The BLS reports the median income for paralegals, including bonuses, was $44,990 in 2007.

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and many hospitals complain of a shortage of nurses. The chances of a well-trained individual landing a nursing job are excellent.

Becoming a licensed practical nurse requires a one year training program and a licensing examination. In addition to being offered by colleges and universities, training programs are also available in hospitals, nursing homes, and high schools. Under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses, LPNs assist other medical staff in caring for the ill, injured, and disabled.

Further education is required for registered nurses, who must complete an associate's program or obtain a bachelor's degree. An associate's program usually takes two or three years to complete. Diploma programs in hospitals, where nurses learn on the job, take an average of three years. Registered nurses are the backbone of the health industry, serving patients and their families on every level, from basic triage and admission to rehabilitation and after care.

Salary: The BLS reports that the median income for an LPN was $37,940 in 2007, while the median income for an RN was $60,010.

To become a pharmacist, it's no longer necessary to get a bachelor's degree. After two years of college study, a student is eligible to apply to a doctor of pharmacy program. Earning a pharmacy technician degree during those initial two years of college study could be your first step toward becoming a pharmacist. Hit the ground running by working as a pharmacy technician while pursuing your Pharm.D. degree.

Some pharmacists run their own pharmacies, while others choose to work for large pharmacy chains. They are employed by hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as small pharmacy outlets in supermarkets and retail stores. In addition to dispensing drugs to patients, pharmacists also provide counseling and information on medications. Since the medical world is constantly changing, the education for a pharmacist never really ends.

Salary: The median income for a pharmacist in 2007 was $100,480, according to the BLS.

Dental Hygienist
Working in a dental office is one of the most lucrative money-makers for the least amount of time. You can be certified to work as a dental hygienist in as little as two years.

Some dental hygiene programs require that applicants have completed at least one year of college, but the requirements vary. The program awards an associate's degree at the end of two years, and more than half of all dental hygienists work only part-time. Dental hygienists are responsible for cleaning teeth, taking x-rays, and assisting the dentist.

Salary: Dental hygienists were commanding a median wage of $64,740 in 2007, according to the BLS.

Shannon Dauphin is a researcher, novelist, occasional editor, and owner of a booming freelance business. Her most important job, however, is being Mom to the coolest kids she has ever met.

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