8 Corporate Careers To Pursue To Become Rich Faster

8 Corporate Careers To Pursue To Become Rich Faster

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If you can't sing, dance, act or throw a ball well enough to get rich doing it, there's still another way to amass wealth in the United States -- climb the corporate ladder. Across every field and industry, diligent employees have a path to six-figure corporate salaries that can open the door to the upper-middle class and lives of financial security for themselves and their families.

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The following corporate careers all pay six-figure salaries for the median earner in the middle of the pack -- those with an extra dose of talent, ambition and sticktoitiveness can earn even more.

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Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

  • Median salary: $119,860 per year

Whether you serve as the public face of a company or solicit funds on its behalf, your ability to peddle perception will put you comfortably in the six figures -- and that's for the manager in the middle of the herd. Earners in the top 10% command more than $200,000 a year.

The largest percentage by far -- more than 40% combined -- work in religious, grantmaking, civic and professional organizations, as well as in state, local and private educational services. Professionals in those two broad categories, however, tend to earn significantly less than those in the highest-earning field -- management of companies and enterprises -- where only about 8% of public relations and fundraising managers earn their riches.

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Training and Development Managers

  • Median salary: $120,130

Part of the reason that employee turnover is so expensive is that when it's done right, the onboarding process isn't cheap -- and the professionals who manage that process don't come cheap, either. Training and development managers tend to earn the most -- a median salary over $132,000 -- when they work in the professional, scientific and technical services fields. No matter the industry, however, the highest 10% of earners make over $200,000 per year.

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