The Top 10 Positions in 2010

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jobs 2010Research conducted for the "2010 Salary Guides" from Robert Half International is painting a surprising picture about the salary landscape for the new year. Starting salaries in the accounting and finance, information technology and administrative fields are expected to remain relatively flat or see modest declines in 2010. But base compensation for certain positions will buck the trend, in some cases even increasing over 2009 levels.

Here are 10 jobs, segmented by industry, with the best prospects for 2010:

Accounting and finance

1. Tax accountant: Companies seek tax accountants who can help their organizations achieve bottom-line savings through effective tax management strategies. Businesses also need their guidance to comply with tax regulations. Tax accountants with one to three years of experience at large companies, defined as having more than $250 million in sales, are expected to see an average national starting salary of $46,500 to $61,500.

2. Compliance director: Companies need professionals who can help them comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission mandates and prepare for the potential transition to international financial reporting standards. New regulations that are issued as a result of the financial crisis may generate further demand for professionals with the requisite compliance expertise. The starting salary range for a compliance director at a small company, defined as having up to $25 million in sales, is forecast to be $83,750 to $108,500.

3. Credit manager or supervisor: Companies need professionals who can reduce inefficiencies and enhance profitability. As a result, credit and collections specialists who can evaluate credit risk, manage delinquent payments and help improve cash flow are in demand. Base compensation for credit managers or supervisors working in small companies is projected to range between $42,500 and $57,500.

4. Senior financial analyst: Businesses need professionals who are able to evaluate financial plans, forecasts and budgets, and identify ways to improve profitability. A senior financial analyst at a midsize company, defined as having $25 million to $250 million in sales, is expected to earn $57,750 to $74,000 in starting salary in 2010.

Information technology

5. Network administrator: Cloud computing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Software as a Service (SaaS) have significantly increased the complexity of and requirements placed on networks. Further, network administration remains an in-demand skill, according to chief information officers interviewed by Robert Half International. Network administrators can expect to see starting salaries of $54,500 to $80,250 in the coming year.

6. Information systems security manager: Protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information from internal and external breaches is crucial for companies of all sizes, making security professionals integral to the IT department. The salary range for an information systems security manager is expected to be $96,500 to $130,750.

7. Systems engineer: As companies implement new technologies, technical services roles remain critical to the organization. Systems engineers are in demand to help companies develop and maintain technical infrastructure, hardware and system software components. Base compensation for these professionals is projected to range from $64,250 to $93,250.

Administrative and office support

8. Medical records clerk: As more hospitals and health care organizations transition from paper to electronic medical records, facilities will seek medical records clerks who can help supervise the scanning and processing of patient data. These individuals can expect to earn a starting salary of $23,750 to $31,500 in 2010.

9. Customer service representative: In the current economy, hiring managers consider customer service the function most critical to their organizations' success, according to the 2009 Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations (EDGE) Report from Robert Half and CareerBuilder. The salary range for a customer service representative is projected to be $22,750 to $30,750.

10. Executive assistant: Companies with leaner teams are looking for employees to take on a wider range of duties. Executive assistants who can wear many hats, support multiple managers and adapt readily to change are in particular demand. These individuals are likely to see starting salaries of $35,000 to $47,000.

Visit for more information about the Salary Guides, which include the "2010 Salary Guide" for accounting and finance, produced by Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources; the Robert Half Technology "2010 Salary Guide" for technology professionals; and the "OfficeTeam 2010 Salary Guide" for administrative positions.

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December 26 2009 at 5:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Although it appears new unemployment claims have slowed, economists like Gerald Clemente are predicting possible 30% unemployment by 2012. This is Americans unemployed because they can’t find work, NOT the bogus unemployment rate that the government uses. They are only count people actually COLLECTING unemployment. Not the people who did not qualify, those who’s ran out, or younger American who have recently entered the job market.

Every year millions more people enter the job market, Sure some retire but for every 2 people retiring, 3 more enter the job market. So of course you’re going to need more jobs.
not less. But the biggest problem is a massive campaign by BIG BUSINESS to offshore every Goddamn American job. If you can’t replace the employees with automation than they must be outsourced is their only goal. Companies that can’t afford to outsource will instead use illegal aliens.

And thanks to our worthless, greedy, corrupt beyond corrupt piece of shit government, the corporations have succeeded in offshoring more than 40 million American jobs over the last 25 years. Thanks to all the bribes and favors our politicians received, deals by dick head Bill Clinton and AssWipes George Bush JR and Senior, the outsourcing overseas and to Mexico has exploded.

Even if you stop the outsourcing, we would still have a shortage of jobs because the population is growing fast however when you combine this with massive offshoring of jobs you eventually end up with massive unemployment.

It’s simple mathematics.
Population expanding + massive offshoring = massive unemployment

Until we revolt and take back the government from Big Business and punish all the politicians that sold us out ( most of them) things will only get worse. People must understand that the Filthy Rich which includes Big Business and the Banks now completely control the government and they have found a way to suck up all the money leaving the country ready to collapse from major debt. And the economy will collapse unless we revolt and save it.

If you love your country and your children you’ll start protesting revolutioon now. If not than do nothing and let
the country crumble. And yes it WILL be your fault.

December 24 2009 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Capt. America

OUTSOURCE OUR JOBS ..The Best Solution

The outsourcing (offshoring)of our jobs is exactly like a disease that will eventually destroy our once great nation if it is not stopped immediately. Not only have the production of almost all consumer and industrial products been outsourced, but now all types of services are being outsourced such as engineering, writing, administration, accounting, marketing, design, sales, word-processing, programming, tech support etc.

Our corrupt, careless government leaders don’t give a rat’s ass. They know their enormous pay and million dollar pensions are guaranteed. Instead of controlling inflation, They kick back and do nothing as prices skyrocket (Food, Utilities, Healthcare, Shelter, Taxes. Etc) everything up and up. All they do is laugh and vote themselves BIG pay raises instead of dealing with the problem. They don’t even care about the deficit, they’ll just continue to borrow money not only from the Federal Reserve (which is a privately owned bank not the government) but from other countries like communist China .

Face the facts, the main reason we have gone into a recession and are heading into a depression is because so many Americans are losing there jobs mainly due to the off-shoring and partly due hiring of illegal immigrants. Even people who haven’t lost there jobs yet see the jobs disappearing at an alarming rate and a worthless, lazy, corrupt, evil government who instead of stopping the outsourcing by penalizing them, they instead rewarded these multi-million dollar companies with tax breaks to encourage the offshoring.

There’s is ONLY one way to counter the recession/ depression. Reverse the outsourcing and bring the jobs back. All the government has to do is to start penalizing/ increase taxes on companies that outsource and lower taxes on companies that don’t. At the same time increase import taxes Level the playing field. Double, triple, or even quad triple the taxes on all American companies that offshore their labor. Tax them to a level that will encourage them to return the jobs back to this country and will discourage others to offshore who plan to. It’s simple as that. Use that tax money to create jobs, help bankrupt cities and lower the national debt.

Why doesn’t the government do this? It’s because outsourcing helps the filthy rich get richer and that’s all our government cares about. Stopping the outsourcing means stopping the bribes and favors the politicians receive and they aren’t about to let that happen. Of course our government is now almost completely controlled by Global Big Business through bribes via corporate lobbyists. Many of our government leaders actually want a depression so that these business's can turn us into helpless slaves.

Unfortunately Obama doesn’t have the balls to stand up to Big Business and the filthy rich corporations that don't give a damn about America like he promised during his campaign.

December 24 2009 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I see that nursing is NOT on the list of the top 10 jobs for 2010--which is definitely true. I have been looking for work as an RN for 7 months, licensed in Florida and Missouri and with 8 years of nursing experience--no jobs anywhere. I, along with other unemployed RN's work at McDonald's and as waitresses until the healthcare field opens up again.

December 24 2009 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These home based jobs these people rave about are all hoaxes. Don't fall for it

December 24 2009 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

good article

December 21 2009 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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