Is my salary holding me hostage?
August 22, 2012 1:48 PM Subscribe
I have a job. It's a pretty good job and I've been around here for a while. Some recent changes (some at work, some in life) and some things that haven't panned out like I envisioned have me looking around. But in my brief survey of the landscape, I think I may be stuck here because the salary ranges in my area for the skills I have are around 30% lower than the ~$85k I make in my current situation, which would simply not work for my budget. What fields or opportunities might I be overlooking?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'll stipulate that I may be limiting my horizons. I don't want to move and I want to keep my commute to a minimum.
My "marketable" skills are technical (software/web development), but I also have a background in the liberal arts/humanities. I've done some freelance/independent work as well. After spending too many years getting my act together, I have about four years of work experience in my early 30's.
I don't want to make my location too specific, but maybe it's sufficient to say I'm not in a "tech hotbed" like Silicon Valley, but I'm not in the wilderness either. There are a few fairly well-known companies headquartered in my city as well.
So, what are some fields/areas of expertise that I might not be considering right now? For instance, it's not programming or IT but I recently began looking at business analyst jobs because I enjoy working with data and I'm really good at database stuff.
Or is my better option to focus on increasing income from my independent work so that I can either take a lower salaried job or maybe not need a "job" at all?