Ten Jobs That Pay $80,000 Per Year

diamond ring What do Lauren Bush's engagement ring, and the Icon CJ3B Army Jeep have in common? They're two of the things you can buy with $80,000. And while most working stiffs can only dream of plunking down that kind of cash -- the median family income in the U.S. brings in only around $50,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) -- there are some career tracks that can bring those luxury visions a little closer to reality.

Here are ten jobs that earn at least $80,000, according to online salary database PayScale.com, all in industries that are expected to grow through 2018.

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01. Commercial Jet Pilot

Median Income: $89,600

The sky's literally the limit if you've always dreamed of flying for a living. According the International Airline Pilots Association, there are many paths to the cockpit but you must have a combination of pilot certificates and ratings, as well as flight experience, and a great attitude. Veterans of the armed services are particularly in demand due to the military's excellent training and the well-rounded education such a background provides. Bonus: the military route won't cost a thing.

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02. Clinical Trial Manager

Median Income: $88,800

From doctors and nurses, to teachers and statisticians, clinical research professionals can come from a wide variety of careers. Training often happens on the job - including everything from testing drugs, to medical equipment, or other biological products. While breaking into the lucrative field of clinical research does require a Bachelor's degree, pursuing a clinical research curriculum can be done online or through a community college with flexible hours, according to the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCra).

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03. Chief Lobbyist

Median Income: $88,700

Public relations professionals take note: if you're passionate about a cause or special interest your skills are perfectly suited to a lobbying firm. Lobbyists can be found on the staffs of corporations, industry trade-organizations, unions, or public interest groups. Lobbyists are employed to help influence legislators in favor of the industries they represent.

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04. Security Architect, IT

Median Income: $88,100

Keeping hackers at bay is just one of the daily challenges IT security architects face on the job. Those who set up, test, and enforce corporate security policies don't have time to get bored. Security needs are ever-changing and an architect needs to be adaptable and keep up with the latest technology. Earning certification via a professional organization such as the SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute will help boost both job and salary prospects.

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05. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Median Income: $87,900

There are literally thousands of medications available to help diagnose, prevent, and treat disease. It takes a legion of talented sales people to put those drugs into the hands of health care professionals. However, this high-growth field is competitive, and membership in a professional organization such as the National Association of Pharmaceutical Representatives (NAPRx) will help entry-level reps network and learn how to get a leg up in the field.

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06. Oil Well Driller

Median Income: $85,100

The global demand for oil and gas continues unabated. It is possible to enter the field with only a high school diploma as a roughneck or roustabout, and train on-the-job, or for college students to secure an internship or part-time employment as an assistant drillers. Either way, the opportunity for promotions is great for self-motivated, diligent workers.

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07. Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager

Median Income: $84,000

You won't have to master the martial arts, but you will have to pass a number of exams on your way to obtaining a Six Sigma Black Belt. This business management strategy is used in a variety of industries from education and government, to healthcare and manufacturing, as a standard of quality to improve processes. The American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers an internationally-recognized certification track that can help you stand out from the competition, not to mention improve your project management skills.

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08. Certified Nurse Midwife

Median Income: $82,700

With increasing demand for natural and home-based childbirth, certified nurse midwives provide a holistic approach to delivering babies, working both with obstetricians as well as on their own. But their work doesn't stop with childbirth. Midwives can provide continuing care and counseling to women of all ages, according to the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). Most are registered nurses who have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program, and are certified by the ACNM.

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09. Auditing Manager

Median Income: $81,400

There are many types of auditing managers but for most thier responsabilites include evaluating and manageing their organizations's risk, as well as the ethics and values within their organization, according to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Financial auditors analyze and communicate financial information and can be found working for various entities such as companies or individual clients, as well as federal, state, and local governments.

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10. Supply Chain Manager

Median Income: $80,000

Helping businesses save money by streamlining processes for manufacturing and delivering goods has become increasingly important during the recession. In addition to a bachelor's degree, candidates who earn certification in production and inventory management, offered by such organizations as the Association for Operations Management (APICS), will stack the hiring odds in their favor by mastering resource and strategic planning, scheduling, and production operations.

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Source: All salary data provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Salaries listed are a range from the 50th to 90th percentile of hourly salaries for workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.


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stehen

Come on, I won't get out of bed for $80k, wouldn't make my payments!

January 02 2011 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vrd071265

who is perfect in the English and grammer? If anybody say perfect, they should have 4.0 GPA, 100 in English class and 800 in SAT score.
It is the expressing power matters orally and verbally.

January 01 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vishman

Pharma rep field is not gih growth, Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost through downsizing over the last few years and more to come. I was dumped after 23 years while still in the top 5% of sales nationwide. No one gets much past fifty here, and most of the younger ones are social idiots. Dont have to be gorgeous, most of those get no respect unless they are good. Need to know how to work with educated people, know when to sell and when to step bac,, and how to read people. a lot of persistence too. You can do well, I made 100-130K a year depending on sales since 2001. A lot of perks, but not as easy at it looks to be good. Obama healthcare killing the career

January 01 2011 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vicki

Most drug reps are college coed skirts and GQ preps. This list is unrealistic if you are aiming at the average Joe (or Joette) and saying, "you can do this and this is what you will make!" Now, Let me get back to flying this plane full of drug reps on their way to a midwife convention on an oil well site.

January 01 2011 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Madeleine

How much do you get paid to write such a ridiculous column with all those spelling errors? If you are getting paid 80,000.00 then I want your job. You really need to do some course work and get on track. And please, we are so tired of reading such silly nonensense. You are contributing to the dummyfying of Americans. STOP THE CRAZINESS.

January 01 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GENES

OPRAH SHOULD GIVE ALL HER BILLIONS TO AMERICA UNEMPLOYED. THEN DISSAPEAR.

January 01 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GENES

STILL WAITING FOR OPRAH TO GET HER A"""" OFF THE SCENE FOREVER!

January 01 2011 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
caroleg16505

In the 1950's and earlier drug reps were pharmacists. Now drug companies can not afford to hire pharmacists because they come out of school making well over $100K a year, so they hire attractive gals with bachelor degrees.
Carole Rx, Doctor of Pharmacy

January 01 2011 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily T

I think I want to be an interplanetary liason. How come I didn't see that job listed? Probably because of the intense training required, not to mention the fact that you have to pass a quantum of tests to even be considered for such a position AND the fact that you need to learn Klingon. That's the job that everyone should strive for, since the base pay is 1 KABILLION dollars a year. Chances of landing that job are none to none, but hey, chances of flying a jet airliner with no money in the pocket and no education is about the same. Thanks AOL. Such good, uninformative information for the realistic people in the world. Good job.

January 01 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john foote

Any good mfg. rep job from roofing to steel doors will pay well if you are willing to work and travel and stay out three nights a week.

January 01 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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