10 surprising six-figure jobs

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Employment, Top 10's |

Want to make six figures? You’re probably thinking you’ve got to work on Wall Street or at a law firm, or have gone through years of medical school, to earn that kind of a salary. While all that helps, we found some surprising jobs that pay $100,000 or more. Even for those without an advanced degree, there are ways to hustle for a big paycheck.

Time-tested skills are still in demand. If, for example, you think typists are as outmoded as typewriters, you’d be wrong. A skilled typist who’s willing to train intensely to get up to about 200 words a minute will qualify to be a court reporter — a highly specialized skill always in demand. There are only 50,000 to 60,000 of them in the United States, according to Labor Department statistics, and job openings are expected to grow steadily through 2010.

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