Money to be made if you know where to look
WHILE it should never be the sole determining factor, money is always going to play a part in career choices.
Not many of us would happily keep working for half our current wage, while most of us would readily entertain job offers that came with a higher salary than what we are currently banking.
The reality, for the majority, is that we'll be wage-earners through our entire career. We'll work for some entity or another, and earn (hopefully) an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.
That said, there's plenty of money to be made, if you know where to look. More than likely you won't be able to simply jump ship to a high-paying role - the money is good because the skill sets and experience are hard to come by. Either that or you'll be working somewhere lonely, uncomfortable or unpleasant.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides a summary of the top 20 earning jobs across the country and alongside the usual suspects there are some surprising inclusions.
In May 2012 (the most recent data set available), medical professionals were taking home the biggest pay packets, filling four of the top five spots, with anaesthetists topping the list with a princely $124 an hour.
Miners and engineers earn well - as much as $65 an hour - while university tutors and ICT sales professionals ($57.60 an hour), crane operators ($54.60) and train drivers ($53.40) all make the top 20.
What those numbers don't take into account is the location of the jobs, and the required qualifications and experience needed to not just do the work, but to even get invited to an interview.
Medical professionals - regardless of where they work - earn well because they've spent years studying and interning, at a substantial cost.
Miners earn well because they're often working in remote locations, doing dangerous work.
It comes down to priorities. If you want to be making serious bank, you need to be prepared to invest the time and money in becoming highly skilled. Become an expert in your field and money won't be an issue.
Sure, you might need to move to where the work is, but that's all part of the prioritisation - do you value the dollars ahead of lifestyle, or can the former deliver the latter, regardless of where you call home?