Starting salaries for at least 5 occupations will increase next year

Leadership is one skill employers are looking for

Employment Generic

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Robert Half, a staffing agency out of Texas, conducted a study that narrows down five career paths that will see a rise in starting salaries next year.

Career paths and expected starting salary:

  • Administrative and office support: Three to five percent
  • Legal: Three to six percent
  • Creative and marketing: Three to six percent.
  • Accounting and finance: Three to seven percent.
  • Technology: Three to eight percent.

Half said employers today are looking for a certain skill set that he calls “soft skills.”

“Leadership skills, presentation skills, honesty, that combined with the technical abilities are what are landing jobs today,” Half said.

Students choosing a career path may not necessarily consider starting salaries. YSU pre-med student Courtney Clark said she has always known she wanted to be a doctor, but she wasn’t looking at the salary when she made the choice to go into medicine.

“I just want to be able to help people in the medical field in any way that I can,” Clark said. “Growing up I always took care of the people that were sick in my family, so I feel like that is the only thing that matters for my future.”

Jacob Guy is studying business administration at YSU, and he said that he chose his career path based on the fact that he wanted to run his own business and do something that makes him happy.

“As long as you are passionate and it’s something you want to do, you are almost guaranteed success,” Guy said.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook contains information about hundreds of occupations, including median pay, educational requirements and job availability.

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