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What does it take to be named among the Top 100 most creative people in business today? In examining the latest list issued today by Fast Company it appears agility and the ability to think in new and innovative ways are prized attributes.
1. Wadah Khanfar
2. Scott Forstall
3. Yuri Milner
4. Jack Dorsey
5. Sebastian Thrun
6. Guo Pei
7. Sal Khan
8. Conan O’Brien
9. Jim Yong Kim
10. Arianna Huffington
Jobs that pay well immediately can be found in a wide range of industries. Some require extensive education, some almost none. Here’s a look at a variety of jobs where you can earn well from the start:
Prosthodontist ($90,507). Installing fake teeth is one of the top-earning jobs in the first year of work, says career expert Laurence Shatkin, author of 250 Best-Paying Jobs. Four years at dental school plus additional advanced dental training are required, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes.
Education administrators (elementary and secondary school) ($63,249). Who knew managing the schoolyard could pay such a high starting salary? Most administrators have been teachers, and position themselves to move up by earning a master’s or Ph.D. degree, Shatkin says.
Financial managers ($53,071). Financial managers handle companies’ toughest problems, Shatkin says – paying back loans, preparing financial statements, developing cash-management plans, and advising on investment of company cash. The BLS notes about one-third of financial managers work in the insurance or financial industries.
Detectives and Criminal Investigators ($48,158). Law-and-order types may find this job appealing. The BLS says many get into the field from a related occupation such as correctional officer or beat cop. Advances in technology have made this career more interesting, says Debra Yergen, author of the Creating Job Security Resource Guide. “You’re part scientist, part minister, part counselor.”
Elevator mechanic ($48,752). When elevators break down with people inside, there’s no putting off calling for a repair crew, so this is one construction-related job that’s stayed busy. The outlook is positive too: “As cities increase in population, the only way to build is up,” says Yergen, “and that means more elevators per square mile.” Training is usually on-the-job, though some enter through vocational programs in industrial mechanics or maintenance technology.
Commercial diver ($45,824). Talk about getting out of the office. Professional divers may do repair or welding work on structures such as offshore oil derricks, photograph marine life or conduct tests. A short training course gets you ready to dive.
“There’s usually a specialization within the field, like demolition or ironwork,” says Shatkin.
Gaming manager ($41,818). Casinos are booming, and Yergen notes, “This is one field where your communication skills are far more important than your level of education. You need active listening skills, critical thinking abilities and to be able to offer great customer service.” Training is usually on-the-job, while workers are already earning a high average starting salaries.
Mathematician ($58,500). The education requirements for math-related jobs are lengthy – most working mathematicians have a Ph.D., though the BLS reports federal agencies may start you with just a bachelor’s degree. Shatkin says one of the largest employers of mathematicians is the National Security Agency, which needs the help of math whizzes to develop algorithms for creating codes and decrypting coded messages.
Earlier this year, the internet search giant announced plans to boost its workforce by about 25 percent. The news came as one of its biggest competitors, Yahoo, began laying-off long-time staffers. “At this stage, the number of opportunities just vastly exceed the number of people we have at the company,” said Alan Eustace, Google’s senior vice president of engineering and research.
6 Intel Increase: 4,000
The CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini, announced plans to add 4,000 U.S. jobs this year in product development and research and development.
7 Quintiles Increase: 1,700
The pharmaceutical company continues its hiring plans despite layoffs earlier this year. “This action affected a small number of employees among a total employee population of more than 20,000 in 60 countries,” the company spokesman told WRAL. “While we are making necessary changes in certain areas, we will add resources where they are needed to fuel our growth. It is important to note that we currently have almost 1,700 job requisitions open at Quintiles today.”
8 Amazon.com Increase: 1,600
The mammoth online retail giant plans to add 1,600 jobs to its payroll. The online shopping Web site has openings for software developers and advertising salespeople in its careers section.
9 YRC Worldwide Increase: 1,100
The transportation provider announced an initiative to hire more sales professionals in the U.S. “The rising demand for our award-winning services has created the opportunity for us to expand our sales team from coast to coast,” said Mike Naatz, president, Customer Care Division & Chief Customer Officer for YRC in a statement.
10 Wells Fargo Increase: 1,000
The banking institute is adding positions in the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia area for jobs that range from teller to store manager at the previously acquired Wachovia bank. “It’s critical that we are fully staffed with enthusiastic, skilled team members in our banking stores,” said Pete Jones, Wells Fargo regional president for the Mid-Atlantic region in a statement. “We also hope that, by adding over 1,000 new team members in the next three months, we’ll be contributing to the economic recovery in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.”