High-Paying Careers You Want Your Kids To Pursue

High-Pay Careers for Your Kids

What better gift could you give your kids than to help them prepare to pursue a great career?

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As a parent, it's your job to nurture your children into adulthood. Part of that may mean helping them make the right choices when it comes to preparing for their career. That means taking an active interest in their career search.

"Parents should provide their teen with an interest and/or career assessment which can help determine the student's personal values, learning style, work style, and interests," says Elizabeth Venturini, a college career strategist at CollegeCareerResults.com. 

"When they have this information, they are better prepared to stand out among the pack by applying toward a college, college major, and a future career that will be a good fit for them," Venturini explains.

Not sure where to begin? Consider looking at these six careers with your child. Per the U.S. Department of Labor, each has a median annual salary of at least $75,000 and is projected to experience high growth from 2012 to 2022.

High-Pay Career #1: Applications Software Developers

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Median
Annual Salary*
$92,660 
Top 10% of
Annual Salary*
>$143,540
Bottom 10% of
Annual Salary*
<$55,770
Projected New Jobs 2012-2022**
222,600

Do you see your kid constantly adding or modifying new apps to his tablet and find yourself wondering if there's any money to be made there? You might be onto something.

Applications software developers design various types of computer applications, like games and word processors, for consumers. They may also create commercial software, internet programs, or complex databases, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Why Your Kids Should Consider Pursuing It: "[A]pplications software developers essentially know how to speak a different language, and anyone with those skills has an advantage in their careers," says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of the online job search site FlexJobs, and an online job market expert with almost 20 years' experience.  "With apps becoming so common in everyday life, the ability to develop them will absolutely grow in coming decades."

And having an advantage usually doesn't hurt when it comes to determining salary. "Application developer jobs pay well because they require such specialized knowledge and training, and the ability to be constantly learning new skills," explains Sutton Fell. "But they're also rewarding careers that allow for excellent flexibility like the ability to work from home, freelance, and set your own hours."

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What Your Kids Can Do Now: Think your kids might be interested in learning more about this profession? Let them know that - according to the Department of Labor - software developers usually have a bachelor's degree that is typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field.

High-Pay Career #2: Management Analyst

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Median
Annual Salary*
$79,870 
Top 10% of
Annual Salary*
>$145,920
Bottom 10% of
Annual Salary*
<$45,200
Projected New Jobs 2012-2022**
133,800

Is your child a problem solver and a master of efficiency? You might want to suggest that she look into a career as a management analyst.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, management analysts gather information about problems to be solved and then propose ways to help organizations improve their efficiency.

Why Your Kids Should Consider Pursuing It: "Management analyst jobs would be a great option for young professionals because they offer a certain degree of flexibility, like flexible schedules or working from home," says Sutton Fell.

And if your child is smart and personable, a management analyst career could be perfect. "People who are successful as management analysts are not only very intelligent people with great critical thinking and analytical skills, but they are also excellent communicators and listeners," explains Jamie Belinne, assistant dean for career services at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston's Rockwell Career Center.

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What Your Kids Can Do Now: One way for your kids to prepare is by pursuing a bachelor's degree in business. According to the Department of Labor, most management analysts do at least have a bachelor's degree. Common fields of study include finance, management, economics, English, accounting, business, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and political science and government.

High-Pay Career #3: Civil Engineer

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Median
Annual Salary*
$80,770
Top 10% of
Annual Salary*
>$126,190
Bottom 10% of
Annual Salary*
<$51,810
Projected New Jobs 2012-2022**
53,700

Maybe your kid was the LEGO wizard of the neighborhood - or maybe they spent summers constructing irrigation systems in your family garden patch. If so, they might love a career in civil engineering, which could allow them the opportunity to design on a grander scale.

Civil engineers design, construct, supervise, or operate a variety of large construction projects like roads, buildings, bridges, and water supply systems, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Why Your Kids Should Consider Pursuing It: "Civil engineering is a great option for kids to pursue," says Jennifer Laning, a professional engineer and bridge inspection practice leader with Pennoni Associates, a multidiscipline engineering and design consulting firm. "The strongest recommendation for civil engineering is that it is deeply related to the world's growth, development and economy. People are always building and growing and then we have to maintain and repair all the things we have built."

In addition, this career could be very lucrative. As Laning states, "Engineering is a difficult and demanding career, and qualified professionals are compensated accordingly."

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What Your Kids Can Do Now: Your kids should know that civil engineers need to have a bachelor's degree, according to the Department of Labor. To work as a professional engineer (PE), they will need to be licensed, which means, the civil engineer's program must be accredited by ABET.

Of course, note that the Department says that in some states, a bachelor's degree in civil engineering technology is sufficient as the academic requirement for getting a license.

High-Pay Career #4: Construction Manager

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Median
Annual Salary*
$84,410
Top 10% of
Annual Salary*
>$146,340
Bottom 10% of
Annual Salary*
<$50,220
Projected New Jobs 2012-2022**
78,200

Maybe your kid is more the get-in-there-and-get-it-built type. If so, consider talking to them about a career in construction management.

Construction managers are responsible for the coordination, planning, budgeting, and supervision of construction projects all the way from development to their completion, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Why Your Kids Should Consider Pursuing It: "If your children like building stuff - maybe they build stuff in the garage and invite their friends over - construction management could be a good fit," says Tony Lee, publisher of the job hunting and career management sites CareerCast.com and JobsRated.com. "These jobs will grow for 8-10 years, we know compensation is good, the stress level is not terribly high, and the job won't change too much."

In terms of pay potential, this job can pay well because it requires a unique set of skills, explains Lee. "It requires someone who not only understands construction but can work with an architect, is detail-oriented, is also good at managing people and organizing things in the right sequence to get projects done. There's a limited supply of people with the skills to do this job," he adds. "It keeps income and outlook high."

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What Your Kids Can Do Now: If your child is interested in this career, you can let them know that more and more large construction firms increasingly prefer a candidate with a bachelor's degree in a construction related field, as well as  construction experience, according to the Department of Labor.

Importance is growing for construction managers to have a bachelor's degree in construction science, architecture, construction management, or engineering, says the Department.

High-Pay Career #5: Computer and Information Systems Manager

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Median
Annual Salary*
$123,950
Top 10% of
Annual Salary*
≥$187,199?
Bottom 10% of
Annual Salary*
<$76,420
Projected New Jobs 2012-2022**
50,900

Do you rely on your child to download the latest software updates for your computer? They might find a career as a computer and information systems manager right up their alley.

Also known as IT (information technology) managers, these are the folks who figure out what their company's goals are with respect to information technology, and take responsibility for implementing computer systems that will allow the company to achieve those goals, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Why Your Kids Should Consider Pursuing It: Says Belinne, "This continues to be a very rapidly growing field with lots of opportunity for rapid growth. There are many opportunities for very creative and analytical thinkers in this field."

And those opportunities can have high-pay potential. "These careers pay well because of two things; the education level and training required to excel in the career, and because there is a shortage of highly qualified engineers for the current needs of technology companies," says Wendy Hays, a career counselor and recruiter with the San Francisco based technical recruiting firm Riviera Partners.

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What Your Kids Can Do Now: If this sounds like the kind of career your child could excel at, suggest they look into earning their bachelor's degree in computer or information science - which, along with related work experience, is what is typically required to get started in this field, according to the Department of Labor. Many computer and information systems managers have a graduate degree, too.

* All salary information from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Employment and Wages data, May 2013.

** Projected new jobs from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 edition.

? This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year, depending on the industry.

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