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Book Review: 250 Best Paying Jobs by Michael Farr and Dr. Laurence Shatkin

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The 250 Best Paying Jobs by Michael Farr and Dr. Laurence Shatkin provides a wealth of information on the job market including the required skills, number of openings, job responsibilities, and the requisite professional or other training or education needed for serious candidates.

The authors cite the jobs in which many are paid well. Some metropolitan areas and specific industries may pay well over $100,000 for certain jobs. In some jobs, there is better pay equity with a minimum or non-existent pay gap between men and women.

A strength of the presentation is that the authors explain why employers set wages at a higher level. The reasons are substantive and logical in many cases. For instance, a nuclear technician may be paid a premium for exposure to radiation. A physician or nurse is paid more for the responsibility attached to making medical errors or misjudgments.

Some positions are paid more due to employee exposure to substances like lead or mercury. Chief executives are paid enormous amounts of money and benefits for their judgments which impact the “bottom line” of company profits. There are other responsibilities of a chief executive including the livelihoods of thousands of employees, the environment, the general public, and the high stakes of the investment public.

Examples of the top paying positions include physicians, computer specialists,
engineers, construction managers, nurses, nuclear technicians, and a host of highly skilled professionals in virtually every area of the professions.

The 250 Best Paying Jobs by Michael Farr and Dr. Laurence Shatkin is an excellent resource for career planning by students, blue collar, and white collar workers. The presentation is easy to read and understand. The cost is modest in comparison to the high value of the information contained in the book.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.