In far too many industries, salaries have remained stagnant over the last 10 years, but that’s not the case for all industries. If you’re looking for a satisfying job which also looks to have good job security, plus the potential to receive raises on a regular basis, you probably want to be looking at two professions in particular: computer technology and healthcare. Below you’ll find some examples of why these two industries hold good potential for consistent raises in the years to come.
If you’re looking to up your salary over time, software development is a great place to work. There is great demand for all types of software developers, whether it be for applications, computer software, databases or computer games. Software developers were making a mean salary of $79,500 in 2004, which had risen to a mean salary of $93,280 by 2012. Growth for all IT professionals seems poised to rocket ahead with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicting approximately 140,000 new positions for developers created by 2022. There’s little doubt demand for their services will continue to be strong, and salaries are likely to continue to increase due to this.
When you have prescribed medication, someone needs to properly fill that order, and make sure you understand how to properly take it. There are over a quarter of a million pharmacists who dispense both medicine and advice to patients on a daily basis. Pharmacists were making a mean salary of $82,580 in 2004, but those salaries had increased to $114,950 by 2012. With the BLS predicting a 14.5% increase of pharmacists needed by the year 2022, their salaries are sure to continue to rise.
Computer Systems Analyst
This is another job in the computer industry poised to deliver consistent raises in the years ahead. Computer system analysts oversee computer hardware, software and networks to make sure all of these properly work together for their companies. These analysts were making a mean salary of $71,340 in 2004, which had increased to a mean salary of $83,800 in 2012. The BLS is predicting nearly 25% (24.5%) growth in this industry by the year 2022, meaning plenty of competition for companies looking for good talent, and rising salaries to go along with the competition.
Once a patient leaves the hospital, their recovery usually hasn’t ended. That’s where a physical therapist steps in to help people regain both mobility and strength from whatever conditions they had been suffering from. Physical therapists had a mean salary of $62,810 in 2004, with that increasing to a mean salary of $81,110 by 2012. With the BLS expecting 36% growth in this industry by 2022, both job security and salaries should continue to grow.
Every website you have ever visited was developed by somebody, and that somebody was a web developer. They’re the people who create the look and feel of all the websites you visit on your daily rounds across the Internet. At first glance, this career doesn’t appear to be one where pay raises would be consistent, since the mean salary was $64,900 in 2004 and only $66,100 in 2012. Hidden in those numbers, however, is the fact that the mean salary in 2010 was $79,370. With the BLS predicting a 20% increase in web developers needed by 2022, salaries should quickly rebound to the 2010 level and beyond.
Doctors have a limited amount of time, and really don’t need to be the main person taking care of routine health care issues. This is where the nurse practitioner steps in. They can work independently under the eye of a physician when treating patients. Nurse practitioners brought in a mean salary of $89,960 in 2012, and the BLS predicts there will be a need for 37,100 new ones by the year 2022.
This is just a small sample of jobs offering salary growth and security. If you find yourself on a job that doesn’t offer consistent pay raises, not all is lost. When you go in for your performance review, ask for alternatives to a raise which can sometimes be worth much more than an actual raise.
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