These days, whenever people talk about jobs, they usually discuss how bad the economy is and how few paid positions there are. With all the doom and gloom, it might seem inconceivable that some positions might actually overpay. We’re not just talking about executive positions — there are plenty of desk jobs that may overcompensate. U.S. News reportedly “analyzed data provided by compensation experts at PayScale to highlight occupations characterized by relatively high pay for relatively easy work.” They admit that the process to determine what jobs potentially overpay is not an exact science. Aside from the fact that different people have different ideas about what’s considered overpaying, it’s important to remember that the list is derived from averages and there are plenty of individuals who hold these positions who are getting paid below the median.
1. Consulting software engineer: Some of the most high-end programming isn’t seen on store shelves, it can take place inside the network of a highly successful company. These engineers help build and maintain advanced and intricate communications networks to keep businesses running. Considering that many companies operate from different offices around the world and real-time data transfer is a must-have, experts in this field can are in high demand.
Average salary: $123,000
2. Brand strategist: Some companies maintain a carefully crafted and finely tuned public image. Brand strategists are integral to this process: they understand how the public will process information and how to deliver the right mix of media to deliver what a company wants to portray. For better or worse, these jobs are highly compensated since quite often a companies image affects sales more directly than the quality of their product or the integrity of their operations.
Average salary: $90,700
3. Interaction Designer: Websites are often the central hub of information a company wants available to the public. Whether consumers are learning more about the company trying to find specific information, or researching how to contact them, website are critical portals of public outreach. Interaction designers make sure that websites are easy to use, engaging, and direct users appropriately.
Average salary: $116,000
4. Marketing research director: A marketing research director is key to successful sales. It’s their job to understand what markets the company is targeting and how to branch out to others. Rather than conduct loads of scut-work, these days marketing research directors can gather, analyse, and package most or all the data they need right from a computer.
Average salary: $122,000
5. Accounting consultant: Navigating the financial records of a company is no small task. It’s difficult enough to mange personal finances, but a company sprawling across the globe with numerous executives, managers, workers, and freelancers have a monster of a task in ensuring that their expenses and revenue are accurately maintained. Accounting consultants are responsible for keeping a business financially kosher with the government — taxes must be paid accurately and on time or else fees will be levied.
Average salary: $81,700
6. Portfolio analyst: Investing can be difficult, and portfolio analysts are tasked with ensuring that investment portfolios are optimized. Analyzing the stock market is not an easy task, but accurate predictions are difficult to make. While many are willing to pay top dollar to ensure that their money is spent wisely, Yahoo! reports that “the value of portfolio analysts who continually re-calibrate pools of investments to optimize their value has been questioned for a long time–even by analysts themselves.”
Average salary: $81,800
7. Wholesaler, financial services: Companies often don’t generate their own financial services, they purchase them from a wholesaler. Whenever you partake in company insurance policies or mutual funds, you’re using a service that was successfully pitched to your employer. These wholesalers are high-powered salesmen charged with overseeing deals that are worth a lot and often last for long periods of time.
Average salary: $109,000
8. Patent attorney: A patent can represent a brand new invention that will better mankind, but more often it’s a weapon of corporate warfare. If a company can secure a patent for a product, then they hold the rights to it which prevents others from creating something of a similar fashion. If patent attorney discovers that another company’s product infringes on a patent, then they can take them to court and potentially win a large settlement.
Average salary: $170,000
9. Investment consultant: Discerning the best places to invest your money takes a lot of time, research, and knowledge. Instead of stretching yourself thin in this process, it can be easier to hire an investment consultant to do the work for you. However, many investment consultants won’t recommend what’s actually best for you because they have deals with different financial services and firms. Their recommendations may more greatly reflect who’s paying them then your best interests.
Average salary: $111,000
10. Data scientist, It: The internet is a two-way street: companies gather as much data about you as you can learn from browsing. The information you generate online is sometimes referred to as big data, and data scientists are advanced-degree holders who generate techniques to process and analyze this information.
Average salary: 133,000