Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans have rethought their careers, whether because they found themselves out of work or because they were simply looking for a change. A quarter of Americans say they are now more likely to change jobs for one in an entirely new field, according to a recent survey of 2,006 adults by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
Accounting clerks help with the financial operations of a business or organization. They compile reports, reconcile bank statements, update financial records, and process transactions using accounting software.
Employers typically require at least a year's worth of experience to be considered for this job.
Average annual salary: $39,580
Coordinators who know the ins and outs of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok, and so on, can manage these platforms for their businesses or organizations. They tailor content and help to grow the business's brand and following.
Average annual salary: $40,433
Virtual assistants take on the administrative tasks of an organization, including note-taking during meetings, managing schedules, and doing data entry. If you're detail-oriented and a good communicator, this could be the job for you.
Kayla Sloan was able to turn her side hustle as an assistant into a full-time business from which she makes $140,000 a year.
Average annual salary: $41,086
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Bookkeepers handle an organization's financial records. They monitor expenditures, take note of profits, and produce reports using relevant software and databases. They also check financial records for accuracy.
Employers often want bookkeepers to have some postsecondary education but will also provide on-the-job training.
Average annual salary: $43,632
Inside sales reps sell products and services to customers including other businesses and individuals. They seek out and find sales opportunities, build relationships with customers, and offer product demonstrations.
Average annual salary: $44,725
Graphic designers build the aesthetic of organizations in advertisements, logos, marketing materials, on websites, and so on. They use digital illustration and photo editing software to create layouts and pick out relevant colors, patterns, and photos, and present finished concepts to their clients.
Experience with graphic design software like Photoshop and InDesign is typically required to be considered for these roles.
Average annual salary: $45,958
These specialists provide support to tech users if they encounter problems with software or hardware. They help them install new software and programs, recommend necessary updates to ensure tech works smoothly, and consult with other employees when encountering any issues they may not know how to solve.
Average annual salary: $51,900
Property claims adjusters evaluate insurance claims by inspecting damages onsite and virtually, as well as documenting claims. They then determine the insurance company's liability.
Some companies may require experience to be hired, and most large insurance companies also offer extensive training for the position.
Average annual salary: $52,523
IT project coordinators help roll out new products and features for a company, monitor projects' progress, and provide tech support. They also ensure products are bug-free.
This position requires some technical background to help coordinators understand how new products and features work with existing technology.
Average annual salary: $55,709
Executive assistants manage executives' schedules, arrange their travel, handle their social media, manage their events, and deal with clients and customers on their behalf.
Average annual salary: $56,429
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Mortgage underwriters assess applicants' eligibility to qualify for a mortgage and either approve or deny them the loan. They analyze and evaluate all aspects of a borrower's credit and process customer information.
Average annual salary: $67,384
Project managers plan out, budget, and schedule a company's various projects. They coordinate activities from development to implementation working with internal and external clients, vendors, consultants, and computer specialists. Managers in advertising might direct a company's ad campaign for a given client, for example.
Average annual salary: $74,681
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