Glassdoor recently came out with a list of the 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016.
Eleven of the jobs pay an average of over $100K/year. Of those 11, eight have the word "manager" in their title. But it's not the "traditional" manager quality we think of.
Solution provider = more money.
What I notice about these eight particular $100K jobs is the management aspect requires those who hold them to be in charge of creating and delivering a solution. It's not about managing staff, it's about delivering specific results to the bottom line. Take a look:
Software Development Manager
Product Development Manager
All the jobs above directly save or make a company money. The person doing the job has the ability to know if they are adding value to the organization, which means, when they do their job well, they have the ability to demand more in return (i.e., justify raises, bonuses, flex schedule, etc.).
Want a better job? Create more quantifiable value.
For those of you looking for a better job, the lesson is this: You're a business of one selling your services to an employer. If you want to earn more, you must validate and provide clear evidence to support how you will save or make the company enough money to justify employing you at your desired pay level. It's not up to the company; it's up to you. This is particularly true when interviewing for a job. If you don't know how to present your abilities properly, you won't get the job offer.
In today's competitive job market, you not only need to provide solutions for employers; you also need to effectively market your expertise and showcase the value of those solutions. Every business, especially a business of one, needs a good marketing strategy to stay in business.