Invest in Skills to Cash In

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), April 5, 2014 | Go to article overview

Invest in Skills to Cash In


Byline: NATHAN WOULFE Recruitment editor

WHILE it should never be the sole determining factor, money is always going to play a part in career choices.

Not many of us would happily keep working for half our current wage, while most of us would readily entertain job offers that came with a higher salary than what we are currently banking.

The reality, for the majority, is that we'll be wage-earners through our entire career. We'll work for some entity or another, and earn (hopefully) an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.

That said, there's plenty of money to be made, if you know where to look. More than likely you won't be able to simply jump ship to a high-paying role - the money is good because the skill sets and experience are hard to come by. Either that or you'll be working somewhere lonely, uncomfortable or unpleasant.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides a summary of the top 20 earning jobs across the country and alongside the usual suspects there are some surprising inclusions.

In May 2012 (the most recent data set available), medical professionals were taking home the biggest pay packets, filling four of the top five spots, with anaesthetists topping the list with a princely $124 an hour. …

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