High Paying Careers that Didn’t Exist a Decade Ago

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A decade ago, the world was a very different place. New technologies have made our lives easier. As our ways of communicating, working, and performing everyday tasks have evolved, new opportunities for high-paying careers have emerged.

Here’s a look at four promising – and lucrative – jobs to consider that didn’t exist 10 years ago.

1. Technology Evangelist

The rise of mobile apps in the late 2000s created a demand for in-company technology advocates. Technology evangelists mix technical, sales, and marketing skills to encourage the use of specific innovations. Once a role reserved for industry titans like Steve Jobs and Guy Kawasaki, technology evangelism has become a viable, accessible career option.

Evangelists serve as spokespeople, attending tradeshows and networking with industry leaders. They are also internal change agents championing new practices within an organization.

The average salary technology evangelists earn is $145,000/year. Chief evangelist salaries typically exceed $250,000.

Successful evangelists have a technical background, excellent communication skills, and proven leaders. At EDU Effective Business School, an MBA in Startups & Entrepreneurship program develops the creative thinking and executive skills needed to succeed in this exciting role.

2. UX Designer

Nowadays, there’s an app for everything. User Experience Designers ensure that products are both simple and enjoyable. UX Designers collaborate across departments with engineers, customer support, sales, and marketing and may work on research, creativity, and user testing. They not only design the overall user experience but also ensure that products meet the needs of the business.

Junior UX Designers earn between $50,000 – $70,000/per year, according to Glassdoor’s salary data. Senior positions command salaries close to $185,000 a year. Businesses in the US and Northern European countries tend to pay UX Designers more than elsewhere.

3. Blockchain Consultant

Blockchain, a digital database that can be used to store and share sensitive data with an extensive publicly accessible network, is transforming business. The worldwide blockchain technology market will exceed $20 billion in revenue by 2024.

Since blockchain technology is relatively new, companies need guidance to develop and implement a blockchain transformation strategy. That means the demand for blockchain consultants is on the rise.

Blockchain consultants research, design, develop and test blockchain technologies. They are responsible for investigating how blockchain can be improved and better used.

The salary for blockchain consultants depends on the variety of services they can provide but averages at $90,000/year. The increasing popularity of blockchain technology, combined with a current talent shortage with the requisite skills, means earning potential will continue to increase.

A career in blockchain opens opportunities in the varied sectors that implement this technology: banking and finance, energy, healthcare, and real estate, among others.

4. Diversity & Inclusion Managers

Not all emerging careers require a technical background. Diversity and inclusion are growing priorities across companies big and small. Many employers are making significant investments toward creating an inclusive brand and workplace. This has created a demand for specialists who can facilitate the move towards an equal and safe working environment.

Diversity & Inclusion managers in the US earn an average base salary of $90,000/year. C-suite salaries for executive-level managers exceed $225,000/year.

The demand for these skills will continue to grow as job seekers prioritize diversity and inclusion. According to Deloitte, 72% of employees would consider leaving their company to join a more diverse one.

EDU Effective Business School MBA in Human Resources teaches the hiring and training skills you need to cultivate and lead a diverse workforce.

If you would like to learn more about studying at the EDU Effective, get in touch with your questions by booking a call with us!


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