There are so many factors to consider for finding a job you want. Finding a job that will make you happy is one thing, but a job that will make you money is another.
But why not both?
Find your dream job that pays well in terms of both money and enjoyment based on CareerBliss’ list of jobs from their employee review study. The study examines employee reviews on the five factors: relationship with their boss and coworkers, salary, the workplace environment, the company and other daily tasks and factors. The result: a list of jobs with the best of both worlds.
These are the 10 happiest and highest-paying jobs in 2017:
10. Director of IT
Bliss Score (out of 5): 3.05
Average Salary: $115,643
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Related Major
A director of IT is the go-to person for managing information technology. The hardware and software of a company’s technology is vital to their success, so keeping it under control is an important job.
To become a director of IT, you’ll need the proper education. Most companies are looking for someone with a degree. A bachelor’s is usually required, while a master’s is preferred.
Certifications in IT programs will also give you the edge you need against competitive applicants. For example, the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) is a program where you can get professionally certified for various skill levels of IT knowledge.
9. Product Manager
Bliss Score: 3.12
Average Salary: $120,229
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or Related Field
A product manager acts as the liaison of promoting a company product and sharing or introducing it to the public or targeted audience. As a manager, they are the leader of the teams that advertise the products, attend meetings and present the product.
Although a degree in business management is preferred, you can also study:
- Public Relations
To land a product manager job, you’ll need to work hard to build your experience. Companies look for someone with passion about the product. For example, if you are passionate about sustainable products, find a company that sells products from recycled materials.
8. Vice President of Sales
Bliss Score: 3.22
Average Salary: $162,600
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Sales and Marketing or Related Field
To become a VP of anything, you’ll have to work your way up. For example, if you start out in an entry-level sales position, you get promoted to sales manager, then sales director and so forth until you’re almost at the top of VP.
If you want your career path of a VP of sales to be successful, you’re going to have to work your way to the top.
To do this, you will need to pursue a degree in one of the following:
- Sales Management
- Business Management
- Marketing Management
A career in sales takes hard work and effort to bring in successful revenue for whatever company you work for.
7. Senior Manager
Bliss Score: 3.297
Average Salary: $110,292
Required Education: Master’s in Business Administration
Senior management is a career level that is worked towards. Senior managers oversee departments of a company within business and organization. They make decisions for the company such as:
- Types of reports needed from supervisors and other employees
- Prioritizing the company goals
- Approve company investments
- The execution of plans for the company events
The role of a senior manager is a highly respected, competitive position in any company and requires determination and drive in order to be successful.
Although a master’s is required, you may study business marketing or sales marketing on an undergraduate level to start your career path in this field.
6. Senior Software Engineer
Bliss Score: 3.31
Average Salary: $91,664
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering or Related Field
A senior software engineer oversees the engineer department and team of engineers to create and develop programs that are required for computers, operating systems and other devices to work efficiently.
You will need to master your engineer programing skills to be successful in the career path of a senior software engineer. For example, this position requires a bachelor’s degree in Software Development or Software Engineering or another related technology major.
A senior level position may require a master’s in
- Computer Science
- Software Engineering
- Computer Programing
5. Account Manager
Bliss Score: 3.31
Average Salary: $97,886
Required Education: Bachelor’s in Business and Accounting or Related Major
An account manager oversees the financial success of a company and its practices within each fiscal year.
An entry-level position in accounting may only require an associate degree — however, a company may prefer a bachelor’s or master’s degree for management positions.
For example, to become an account manager, you must seek a bachelor’s degree in one of the following:
- Business Administration
- Business Marketing
Qualifications for an account manager position mean you are a meticulous editor, pay high attention to detail and are very strong in your financing skills. A master’s degree in Business Administration is not required but will give you an advantage when seeking this position.
4. Business Development Manager
Bliss Score: 3.31
Average Salary: $93,846
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in the Business Field
Business development managers strive to achieve success for the company. Based on business knowledge and experience, they make decisions to get the company to reach its full potential. They also work as a liaison to the company’s clients.
Some examples of business development manager skills are:
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Collaboration skills
- Negotiation and persuasion skills
- Project management skills
- Research and strategy skills
- Computer skills
- Business intelligence
There are many types of businesses, corporate and small businesses that require different areas of expertise.
If you are looking for a corporate company, you should gain experience in business marketing and human resources. A small business career path may require entrepreneurial skills and finance knowledge.
3. Senior Engineer
Bliss Score: 3.51
Average Salary: $100,630
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
Engineers are the designers and creators of manufacturing materials and goods in the most efficient way possible. Engineers look at products and research ways to make them better.
Engineer positions combine science with technology for maximized efficacy. A successful career in engineering leads you on a path to become an Engineer Manager.
Jobs in engineering vary from but are not limited to:
2. Directional Driller
Bliss Score: 3.59
Average Salary: $178,155
Required Education: Bachelor’s in Electronics or Computer/IT
Directional drillers determine where to drill for fuel such as gas or oil and manage the actual drilling process.
It takes mechanical knowledge and experience to become a directional driller, but you will earn good money in an extremely technical position.
The two main job environments for drilling are:
- Offshore rigs
- Land rigs
You will need years of experience in mechanical operation, petroleum knowledge and work in the field.
While this can be a dangerous job, there is much satisfaction in supplying the fuel that humans use to live. For example, a house uses oil to heat in the winter, and cars use gas to get from point A to point B. Without fuel, people would lose their mobility.
1. Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Bliss Score: 3.72
Average Salary: $150,100
Required Education: Degree in IT or Business/Finance
A chief technology officer helps improve the information and technology system a company runs on. This is more of a management position than it is a position that works with actual technology.
As a CTO, you must:
- Understand the business of the company
- Create strategies for the business technology
- Think long-term success
The education behind a CTO includes team leadership and building, management knowledge, technology and design skills and business management. A master’s in a technical field of technology or business will give you an advantage.