In today’s competitive job market, it can be hard to imagine that there are jobs that pay well but don’t require years of experience.
With the help of PayScale.com, a salary data and software company, AOL Jobs has compiled a list of 10 careers that offer high salaries to entry-level workers — those who have been on the job for two years or less. Many of them require a college degree, but there are exceptions. (Note: The jobs listed below are a sampling of highly paid entry-level jobs and not a comprehensive, ranked list.)
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Plans, directs and coordinates the activities of buyers, purchasing officers and others involved in buying materials, products and services.
- Median Annual Pay: $51,400.*
- Degree: Bachelor's (merchandising, marketing, business or finance).**
Examines tax and business records for accuracy and irregularities:
- Median Annual Pay: $51,400.
- Degree: Bachelor's (accounting or finance -- certification may be required).
Provides drug information and product samples to physicians and monitors prescribing patterns of physicians in a designated geographic area:
- Median Annual Pay: $52,900.
- Degree: Bachelor's (pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, toxicology or related fields).
Plans, installs and monitors security measures that protect computer networks and information:
- Median Annual Pay: $55,700.
- Degree: Bachelor's (information technology, mathematics or computer science).
Assists with setting insurance premium rates and performing related data research:
- Median Annual Pay: $58,400.
- Degree: Bachelor's (mathematics, actuarial science, statistics or finance).
Provides financial services, investment advice and banking products to wealthy individuals and institutions:
- Median Annual Pay: $69,100.
- Degree: Bachelor's (business or finance).
Helps to improve business performance through the use of information technology:
- Median Annual Pay: $69,900.
- Degree: Bachelor's (business, information technology or computer science).
Designs and develops methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth's surface and from older wells using novel methods:
- Median Annual Pay: $87,600.
- Degree: Bachelor's (engineering, preferably petroleum engineering).
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