10 Best Jobs for Wage Growth

Are you in a struggling field and looking to possibly switch careers? There are a plethora of options out there but most recently, PayScale.com released their findings of jobs far exceeding the average wage growth. Maybe one of them is a perfect fit for you!

Remember, if you’re looking to make a career change it’s important to frame your professional resume differently than if you were staying within the same field.

Here are the 10 jobs that have experienced the highest wage growth over the past two years:

Bus or Truck Mechanic
Two-Year Wage Growth: 12.6 Percent

As cities and populations grow, so does the need for public transportation. So when cities add buses to their transportation fleets, more mechanics are needed to keep these vehicles running smoothly. No degree is required for this career, though training and certifications can help you get noticed in the job market.

Two-Year Wage Growth: 12.2 Percent

With the increase in e-books and self-publishing, anyone can become a published author. Additionally, as the Internet grows, so does the need for original content. A writer might find work as a copy editor,blogger or online marketer. Depending on the work, a bachelor’s degree is typically required. A strong portfolio of writing samples can help.

Social Media Manager
Two-Year Wage Growth: 11.7 Percent

When you woke up this morning, you might have checked your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts before you finished your coffee. Our society’s increasing dependence on social media might account for the growth in wages for social media managers, who act as the voice and ambassador for a brand in the social media space. A bachelor’s degree is often required.

Tax Accountant
Two-Year Wage Growth: 10.6 Percent

Tax accountants may be reporting higher wages on their tax returns because the tax code has gotten more complicated, Bardaro says. “Now more than ever, people are trying to find loopholes and [are] seeking assistance with complicated tax issues,” she says. A bachelor’s degree is required for this career.

General Surgeon
Two-Year Wage Growth: 10.4 Percent

As the population ages, the demand for healthcare services has increased. General surgeons are among the healthcare professionals needed to provide care for aging Baby Boomers. A medical degree is required, along with years of training.

Biological Technician
Two-Year Wage Growth: 10 Percent

In recent years, the biotech industry has been booming. Laboratories often need biological technicians to conduct experiments. This profession requires a bachelor’s degree.

Software Developer
Two-Year Wage Growth: 9.9 Percent

In today’s rapidly growing tech world, startups have become more common, giving software developers more opportunities to find work. A bachelor’s degree is required.

Fitness Trainer
Two-Year Wage Growth: 9.8 Percent

The success of shows like The Biggest Loser and weight-loss apps like MyFitnessPal indicate that many people are interested in leading healthier lifestyles. Fitness trainers use their knowledge of fitness and nutrition to help people improve their fitness and overall health. Trainers often hold bachelor’s degrees.

Truck Driver
Two-Year Wage Growth: 9.4 Percent

“As the economy recovers from the Great Recession and consumer confidence increases, merchandise is in higher demand,” Bardaro says, That means truck drivers — who transport that merchandise from place to place — are in demand as well. High school grads who don’t mind working alone for long periods of time and who want to see the country could enjoy this career. A specialized license is often required.

Family or General Practitioner
Two-Year Wage Growth: 9.4 Percent

As the population grows and more people obtain insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more primary healthcare providers will be needed. Like surgeon, this career requires a medical degree and extensive training.

Source: All salary and educational information provided by Alida Moore and PayScale.com. Wage growth is calculated as the percent difference in pay between the third quarter of 2010 and the third quarter of 2012 for workers with five to eight years of experience. The national percent change over two years is determined by the PayScale Index.