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March 15 , 2010
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In this issue:

  • Career Statistics: Earn a Great Salary with a BA Degree
  • Southwest General Health Center Offers Program
  • Financial Assistance From AAMC


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Career Statistics: Earn a Great Salary with a BA Degree
By Rachel Zupek, CNN.com

Everyone wants to earn a hefty salary in their careers, and it's no secret that some of the highest-paid people are doctors, dentists and lawyers. But those careers aren't easy to come by. They require years of schooling -- something that not everyone can (or wants to) handle, and in the case of lawyers there are way too many of them for the openings in the marketplace.

        • Becoming a doctor, dentist or lawyer takes years of post-graduate studies
        • Doctors average $212,000 but require 14 years of post-graduate training
        • Dentists average $163,000 but require 10 years of post-graduate training
        • Lawyers average $127,000 but require 8 years of post-graduate training

Most college students today are studying to become educators who average $46,348 and require additional certification. Most college graduates with only a bachelor's degree earn between $23,685 to $63,220. The largest majors are in education, communications, business, psychology, sociology, accounting, and the arts. Most who have aspirations of going on for post-graduate education are seeking careers in education, law, finance. and the media. Media and communications jobs, by the way, usually earn between $21,546 and $78,323 for those with bachelor's degrees. But there are nice paying jobs that require only a bachelor's degree, and can make a lot more. Engineering and computer system managers can make salaries of $120,000. Purchasing, advertising, project or promotions managers can earn $94,000.

If you want to earn a lot of money, but don't necessarily want to earn and advanced degree, check out these 30 careers. Although you won't start out earning six figures, with your bachelor's degree (BA.or BS) in tow, you can easily work your way up.

Here are 30 high-paying jobs that require only a bachelor's degree:

1. Chief executives, CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, CTO, Partner, President, Vice President, Executive Director

Salary: $160,440

Education: Many top executives have a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration, liberal arts or a more specialized discipline. Some with advanced degrees earn seven figure incomes or higher. Most start out as a manager or director with a salary exceeding $50,000, or as an entrepreneur with venture funding.

2. Aerospace engineers

Salary: $143,220

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Must have strong mathematics and physics background, and understand the principles of flight and ballistics.

3. Chemical engineers

Salary: $137,180

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Must have strong mathematics and chemistry or biochemistry background.

4. Electronics and Electrical engineers

Salary: $128,720

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Must have strong mathematics background.

5. Structural and Mechanical engineers

Salary: $125,380

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Must have strong mathematics and physics background.

6. Ceramic engineers

Salary: $124,110

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Ceramics engineers must have additional understanding of chemistry and materials science.

7. Natural sciences managers

Salary: $123,140

Education: Natural sciences managers usually move up to management positions after starting out as scientists, medical therapists, and laboratory technicians. They may have a bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline.

8. Engineering managers

Salary: $120,580

Education: Engineering managers usually move up to management positions after starting out as engineers. Nearly all engineering managers have at least a bachelor's degree in some specialty of engineering. Most go on to advanced degrees, most have professional certifications.

9. Process engineers

Salary: $120,340

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Process engineers must have additional understanding of chemistry and process flow.

10. Industrial engineers

Salary: $120,180

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Industrial engineers must have additional understanding of process flow, structural engineering, electrical and electronics.

11. Petroleum engineers

Salary: $119,140

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Must have strong mathematics and chemistry background.

12. Computer, business intelligence, systems security, and information systems managers

Salary: $118,710

Education: A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field such as computer science, information science or management information systems and a lot of work experience is usually required for management positions.

13. Civil and Architectural engineers

Salary: $118,140

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in a specific engineering specialty. They may also have a bachelor's degree in a scientific or mathematics discipline. Most must work post-college as an engineer in training before they can obtain professional certification. Must have strong mathematics and structural engineering, electrical and electronics, and materials science background.

14. Marketing managers

Salary: $118,130

Education: Employers often prefer a bachelor's or master's degree in marketing, or in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and communications.

15. Financial managers

Salary: $110,640

Education: A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics or business administration is the minimum academic preparation for financial managers, but many employers now seek graduates only with a master's degree.

16. Sales managers

Salary: $110,390

Education: The widest range of educational backgrounds is suitable for entry into sales manager jobs, but many employers prefer college graduates with work experience in related occupations. Most sales managers start out as sales representatives with a bachelor's degree in business or communications.

17. General and operations managers

Salary: $107,970

Education: Just like their responsibilities, the formal education and experience required by general and operations managers vary. Most of these workers have at least a bachelor's degree and considerable experience.

18. Human resources managers

Salary: $103,920

Education: A bachelor's degree is typical to break into the human resources field. It should be noted, however, that many colleges and universities don't offer degree programs in personnel administration, human resources or labor relations until the graduate degree level. This particular salary applies to human resources managers other than payroll and timekeeping, labor relations managers and training managers.

19. Public relations managers

Salary: $101,220

Education: A bachelor's or master's degree in public relations or journalism is preferable for public relations management positions.

20. Judges, magistrate judges, magistrates, and politicians

Salary: $100,450

Education: A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, on-the-job internships, and military or police work experience are usually the minimum requirements for minor judges and magistrates. Many have law degrees and some are elected. Most with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than criminal justice or political science usually go on to advanced degrees in law. Many go on, if they leave the field to become lawyers and political science educators.

21. Computer hardware engineers

Salary: $100,180

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in an engineering specialty. Must have strong mathematics, electrical, and electronics background and some work experience.

22. Political scientists

Salary: $99,320

Education: Political scientists with a bachelor's degree – even in a liberal arts area or philosophy usually qualify for entry-level positions as an administrative office manager, events assistant, protocol secretary, market analyst, research assistant, writer or policy analyst for a member of Congress. Political scientists who work on the state and local levels usually make less ($38,000 to $68.000), and others obtain jobs in government agencies and bureaucracies.

23. Actuaries

Salary: $95,980

Education: A bachelor's degree in business and an exceptionally strong background in mathematics, statistics and general finance and management are needed to be an actuary. They're also required to pass a series of exams in order to become certified professionals.

24. Project and Product managers

Salary: $94,870

Education: Just like their responsibilities, the formal education and experience required by project and product managers vary. Most of these workers have at least a bachelor's degree, considerable experience. They must have a strong mathematics, reading, and writing background and are usually certified in project or product management.

25. Advertising and promotions managers

Salary: $94,720

Education: Employers often prefer a bachelor's degree in advertising or journalism, along with liberal arts or courses related to the market in which they will be focused. They must have strong mathematics, reading, writing, and creative arts skills.

26. Computer software engineers, systems software

Salary: $94,520

Education: A bachelor's degree in engineering or science is normally required for software engineering jobs, although a master's degree is preferred for many positions.

27. Purchasing managers

Salary: $94,300

Education: Most employers hire applicants who have a college degree and who are familiar with the merchandise they sell and with wholesaling and retailing practices. Workers may begin as trainees, purchasing clerks, junior buyers or assistant buyers, most with bachelors degrees have worked during high school and college in retail-oriented businesses.

28. Logistics managers

Salary: $93,660

Education: Most employers hire applicants who have a college degree and who are familiar with transportation, overnight transport services, and with wholesaling and inventory and shipping practices. Workers may begin as trainees in the shipping department, logistics clerks, terminal and workers, most with bachelors degrees have worked during high school and college in shipping-oriented businesses.

29. Personal financial advisers

Salary: $92,970

Education: Personal financial advisers must have a bachelor's degree. Most go on to earn a master's degree in finance or business administration and/or get professional certifications and designations.

30. Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents

Salary: $92,050

Education: Most positions require a bachelor's degree in business, finance, accounting or economics. An MBA or professional certification is necessary for advancement.

 

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Southwest General Health Center in Cleveland Offers
Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Southwest General Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers a 12-month program in clinical laboratory science. Interested students should submit their application packets in the Fall semester (deadline December 1) before the class year that they wish to be considered for. The 12-month program starts in July each year. Updated application forms are available online at http://www.swgeneral.com/SchoolofMedTech.aspx.

Southwest also offers a half-day shadowing experience in the Spring. For more information, please contact Corinne Hartwell at chartwell@swgeneral.com or call (440) 816-8859.

 

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Financial Assistance From the AAMC

The AAMC believes that the cost of applying to medical school should not be a financial barrier to becoming a physician. To help defray some of the costs, the AAMC provides financial assistance to eligible MCAT examinees and medical school applicants.

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) offers MCAT examinees and AMCAS applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT examination or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application.

Applicants approved for fee assistance recieve:

  • 60% reduction in the MCAT registration fee
  • AMCAS application fee waiver (see Web for current amount)
  • Free Official Guide to the MCAT Exam
  • Eligibility to apply for financial assistance for MCAT accomodations applications (see reverse for more information)

In addition, most AMCAS-participating medical schools waive their supplemental application fees for applicants who have been granted fee assistance by the AAMC.

For details about FAP benefits and application information, please visit http://www.aamc.org/fap.

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