30 jobs that pay $30 an hour


Nobody likes to be average. Not you. Not me. Not even your salary.

The national average salary in the United States is $43,460, according to the National Compensation Survey. That works out to be $20.90 per hour. So in order to be above average, you have to earn more than $21 per hour. Why not be way above average and find a job that pays $10 more than the average hourly salary?

Bing: Fastest-growing careers
We compiled a list of 30 jobs that pay between $30 and $39 per hour, raking in a solid $62,400 to $81,120 annually. Take a look and see how your salary stacks up:

1. Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products, make purchases to get needed farm supplies at the best rates.

Hourly pay: $30.02

2. Multimedia artists and animators create special effects, animation or other visual images.

Hourly pay: $30.20

3. Loan officers evaluate, authorize or recommend approval of commercial, real estate or credit loans.

Hourly pay: $30.39

4. Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators help out with alternative resolutions to settle disputes outside of court. The

processes are less formal than a court trial.

Hourly pay: $30.41

5. Insurance underwriters review applications for insurance coverage and accept or decline them based on the degree of risk involved.

Hourly pay: $30.45

6. Diagnostic medical sonographers perform ultrasounds that physicians order for patients.

Hourly pay: $30.60

7. Film and video editors edit motion picture soundtracks, film and video.

Hourly pay: $30.62

8. Food scientists and technologists analyze the composition and properties of food.

Hourly pay: $30.95

9. Animal scientists study the life cycle and related biological issues of farm animals.

Hourly pay: $31.02

10. Writers and authors write material for scripts, magazines, books, websites and other publications.

Hourly pay: $31.04

11. Urban and regional planners create plans to use land and physical facilities in towns, cities, counties and metropolitan areas.

Hourly pay: $31.10

12. Landscape architects plan and design areas for landscaping projects.

Hourly pay: $31.69

13. Accountants and auditors give financial advice based on accounting records.

Hourly pay: $32.42

14. Market research analysts estimate the business potential for an organization’s marketing and promotional efforts based on research they conduct in different markets.

Hourly pay: $32.42

15. Dental hygienists clean teeth and examine a patient’s mouth, head and neck for signs of oral disease.

Hourly pay: $32.63

16. Speech-language pathologists help individuals who have trouble speaking as a result of hearing loss, physical conditions or language barriers.

Hourly pay: $32.86

17. Nuclear medicine technologists work with radioactive materials and equipment used in nuclear medicine procedures.

Hourly pay: $32.91

18. Budget analysts examine budget estimates and analyze budgeting and accounting reports to ensure controlled spending.

Hourly pay: $33.29

19. Occupational therapists develop rehabilitative programs to help disabled people gain independence.

Hourly pay: $33.98

20. Geographers study the Earth and its land, features, inhabitants and phenomena.

Hourly pay: $34.33

21. Clinical, counseling and school psychologists diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral and emotional problems.

Hourly pay: $34.77

22. Fashion designers create clothing and accessories, from shoes to clothes to jewelry and more.

Hourly pay: $35.78

23. Operations research analysts study management and operations issues through engineering and other scientific methods.

Hourly pay: $36.23

24. Sociologists study human society and social behavior.

Hourly pay: $36.63

25. Physical therapists develop rehabilitative programs that improve patients’ health.

Hourly pay: $36.64

26. Architects design buildings, homes and other structures for various clients.

Hourly pay: $37.93

27. Education administrators manage the everyday operations of educational facilities.

Hourly pay: $38.53

28. Environmental engineers study environmental problems and create solutions that governments and the general population can put into practice.

Hourly pay: $38.82

29. Civil engineers design and oversee the construction of large-scale public works, such as bridges, dams and airports.

Hourly pay: $39.03

30. Materials scientists research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and manmade materials.
Hourly pay: $39.59

*Salary information based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why Can’t Some Women Let ‘Mean Girls’ Go?

Category : MOMSTAR

Sometimes I despair over women’s opinions about women. How can females move upward if they’re always tearing each other down?

I say this in reaction to comments I’ve received from readers of The Washington Post who read a story I wrote for this past Sunday’s magazine entitled “What Happens When Mean Girls Grow Up?” What happens, I said, is that most of them mature into decent human beings. They learn to control their impulses, see someone else’s point of view, be willing to share ideas.

Once they’re out of school, engaged in jobs and family, they have less time to be critical and less employer support for being so, particularly in the growing number of companies that place a high value on employee cooperation and teamwork.

To be honest, those points seemed like no-brainers. Women’s personal growth is well established in science and valued by employers. I wrote the story in part to offer an alternative to the mean girl/mean woman image so popular in Hollywood and the media these days.

But despite the research studies and first-person stories I included, many of the female readers taking part in last Friday’s web chat didn’t buy my thesis. They wrote about being bullied by female work colleagues. They talked about going into therapy, taking anti-depressants, and developing eating disorders as a result. One said mean women treat men as badly as other women. Another described a bully sister-in-law of 30 years “who qualifies, corrects, challenges, denigrates and dismisses whatever comes out of my mouth.”

Still another said, “I don’t really think things change that much after high school, other than the mean girls learn more socially acceptable ways to assert control over other women. Why do you think women so often say they don’t want to work for other women?”

Of course, some women, bosses and employees, do mean things. So do men. As one reader, bless her heart, reminded the others, meanness is not gender specific. She wrote:
In the book, “Blubber,” the entire class bullies Linda. In the movie “Odd Girl Out,” boys torment the main character as well. Boys do this stuff too. Boys are not somehow morally superior to girls… Why is verbal, personal bullying always a gendered thing?… These discussions invariably turn into a pile-on the female gender… It’s just so depressing reading how much we females suck. The flood of misogynistic comments that invariably follow these articles has to stop.
It’s not surprising that some women assume the worst about other women. Female nastiness is celebrated on television these days in shows such as “Real Housewives Of…” (name your city). Hollywood isn’t producing nearly as many female friendship movies as it once did (which may be why, besides the fabulous clothes, the poorly-reviewed “Sex and the City 2″ made any money at all.)

Political discourse is increasingly mean — and oh, how the news media love to report the insults traded between female political candidates. The slickest weapon of all, the computer, enables users to lash out at individuals without forethought, their missiles recorded for all time. Tweets, blog posts and comments on facebook are like the wicked notes girls used to pass in high school but are read by a much larger audience.

However, none of this turns sound science on its head. And by stereotyping their gender, female critics risk reversing the progress women have made in education, employment and earnings.

Women are multi-dimensional, sometimes warm and generous, sometimes cold and conniving. We should expect no more from them than from men — and no less.


Category : LIFESTYLE

something’s missing from my lifeAre You Missing Something?

I am surrounded by very successful women. They have a great career, families, friends….but at one point or another they all seem to be saying the same thing: “I like my life, but I feel like something is missing, I feel like I have a greater purpose and I just can’t put my finger on it.” Many carry this malaise around for years and never find out what the answer is.

I have found, that in many cases, what’s missing is a connection to your inner GPS, that connection to our inner core values. We spend so much of our lives focused on achieving external goals that we lose touch with what really matters, our internal benchmarks.

In order to move forward, to find that missing piece we need to establish an intimate bond with our core values, the benchmarks that really matter to us, that are at the center of ourselves. It means we have to slow down and reflect. It’s not necessarily easy work but it’s valuable indeed!

The answer to “something’s missing from my life, but I don’t know what” lies inside us.

What’s your secret for inner peace and self-satisfaction besides a new pair of shoes?

Match Your Energy To Your Work

Category : LIFESTYLE

Take this short energy quiz. Give yourself 1 point for every Yes and 0 for every No. How do you score?

• I know what time of day I am most productive.
• I schedule my most important work for when I am most productive.
• I know what time of day my energy tends to sag.
• I know what I need to do for a quick but sure energy boost (e.g., eat a snack, take a cat nap, go for a walk).
• I know some activities and tasks that I can do even when my concentration tends to wane.
• I know how much sleep I need each night.
• I wake up without an alarm clock.

So how much do you know about your energy rhythms? We all experience bouts of time when we can focus extremely well and times when we can’t. Sometimes this varies based on the activity. But many times, our productive and unproductive time blocks are consistently around the same times during the day. We recognize that people are either early risers or night owls because it is a meaningful distinction, and we can empathize with it (I’m an early riser).

I don’t know what makes someone a morning v. evening person, but I do know that whichever you are you need to match your activities accordingly. This doesn’t necessarily mean that night owls are destined for the graveyard shift. But it does mean that where there is flexibility in getting things done you may want to schedule your most important work for when you are at your best. This is one very basic way to match your work to your energy. Rather than fight against the tide, you account for your internal rhythms as part of how you manage your work.

Similarly, you might reserve more mindless tasks for when you know your energy sags. Perhaps this is when you return routine phone calls, make that doctor’s appointment or run some errands. Perhaps this is when you review previous emails or catch up on regular trade reading. We all have regular activities that don’t require us to be 100% alert — figure out what these are and bunch accordingly.

Finally, there is a limit to how much we can get done if we merely match our work to our current supply of energy. Ultimately you want to increase your ability to focus and work at high energy. Therefore you do want to know how to maintain and increase your energy. You want to get enough sleep and know how much is enough. You want to harness and manage your best energy and therefore manage your work to its best.

Written by Caroline Ceniza-Levine February 7 2011, 85Broads.com