7. Financial Managers
> Employment: 518,030
> Median salary: $115,320
> Employment change 2012-2022: 8.9%
There are roughly 500,000 people employed as financial managers across the country. At least half of all people employed in this area earn $115,320 annually. Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in a business-related field. However, companies are increasingly looking for employees with master’s degrees to fill these roles. And while certification is not required, many financial managers are CFA certified. The CFA Institute is widely recognized for its Chartered Financial Analyst certification, which requires passing three exams and four years of work experience.
> Employment: 290,780
> Median salary: $120,950
> Employment change 2012-2022: 14.5%
Over the 10 years ending in 2014, the number of pharmacists in the country grew by 26.6%, significantly faster than the 3.7% growth among all large occupations. By 2022, the BLS estimates the number of people working in this occupation will increase by 14.5% as the population continues to age and will require more prescription medications. Nationwide, employment is expected to grow 10.8% through 2022. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roughly 17 million people have gained health insurance through an exchange or due to the Medicaid expansion. These people will likely use prescription drugs more frequently than they would have if they were uninsured. A typical pharmacist earns $120,950, the sixth highest income among occupations employing more than 100,000.
5. Marketing Managers
> Employment: 184,490
> Median salary: $127,130
> Employment change 2012-2022: 12.7%
Marketing managers earn a median annual salary of $127,130, more than 3.5 times greater than the $35,540 earned the typical American worker. One reason such managers earn high incomes may be due to their role in a company. Marketing managers are responsible for developing strategies that satisfy consumers and maximize the company’s profits. Additionally, they may oversee product development and identify potential customers. With companies these days able to sell their products in a store, over the phone, online, or any other way, demand for marketing managers will likely increase. The BLS forecasts the number of these jobs will increase by 12.7% by 2022, higher than the 10.8% growth rate of all occupations.
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