Real Salaries Of 2011: What To Expect In 2012

salaries hot industries in 2012By Adriana Llames


Considering a new career? Before you jump into a new industry or profession, read this. From personal chefs to commercial pilots, corrections officers and celebrity realtors, here's what they actually made last year.


Personal chefs to plastic surgeons
  • Allison, a PA-based personal chef, $55,000
  • Angela, Social Media Manager, $42,000
  • AnneMarie, Newspaper Reporter, $26,000
  • Cindy, Elementary School Secretary, $17,500
  • Chad, Beverly Hills Celebrity Realtor, $1 Million+
  • Bill, Corrections Officer, $44,000
  • Bryan, FedEx Pilot, $148,000
  • Frank, Plastic Surgeon, $1 Million
  • Helen, Registered Dietician, $72,000
  • Jeanine, Library Director, $38,000
  • Julie, Food Truck Owner, $43,000
  • Sandi, Emergency Room Registered Nurse, $50,000


A look ahead

With the U.S. economy teetering daily like the teeter-totter on a children's playground, it's smart to focus your career on skills that you know well. If you're considered an expert, employers will pay. If you're thinking "now's the time to go out on my own", check your savings account for 12 months of living expenses and ensure it's and industry the economy is backing.

Salaries will stay at their current rates for 2012 and those receiving job offers will have room to negotiate for their fair market value. Engage salary tools (e.g. payscale.com, salary.com and glassdoor.com) to determine your fair market value when engaging in salary negotiations.


285,000 jobs a month for 5 years

While the Economic Policy Institute predicts it would take 285,000 new jobs per month for the next 5 years for our economy to return to pre-recession unemployment levels, all it takes for you to return to that state is one new job. Focus on that one and it's a far more attainable goal.


3 Hot Industries in 2012

The hot industries remain consistent in 2012: Healthcare, Digital/Social Media and Green Energy. If you're already in these industries, great for you. If you're looking to break into one of these, focus on skills that transfer easily (e.g. project management, client relations, team management, accounting). Most importantly, connect the dots for the hiring manager in your personal brand, on your resume, LinkedIn profile and during the interview.


Happy 2012!


Next: 2012: The Year Of The Personal Brand



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