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4 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 are proven leaders. At EU Business School, the Master in Innovation & 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 make sure that products are both simple and enjoyable to use. UX Designers collaborate across departments with engineers, customer support, sales and marketing, and may work on research, ideation 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/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.

To jump start your UX Design career, consider a Master in Digital Business, where you will learn the essentials of digital technology and mobile strategy.

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3. Blockchain Consultant

Blockchain, a digital database that can be used to store and share sensitive data with a large publicly accessible network, is transforming business. The worldwide blockchain technology market is set to 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 are able to provide, but averages at $90,000/year. The increasing popularity of blockchain technology, combined with a current shortage of talent with the requisite skills, means  earning potential will continue to increase.

A career in blockchain opens opportunities in the varied sectors that are implementing this technology: banking and finance, energy, healthcare and real estate, among others. To gain an in-depth understanding of blockchain, consider EU Business School’s MBA in Blockchain Management.

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 towards 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.

The EU Business School’s MBA in Human Resources Management teaches the hiring and training skills you need to cultivate and lead a diverse workforce.

If you would like to find out more about studying at EU, join one of our open days or get in touch with your questions.

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