Salaries quantify a price that the system is willing to pay for a skill. But what it does not take into account is your potential. Your potential comes into play as you experiment and evolve. To get into the highest paid brackets you obviously need to be highly proficient with your skill, identify gaps in the markets, identify emerging trends and create your presence in those areas. Your experiences, time invested and ability to adapt and expand will all count in your choices.
More often than not, the ones who have a natural inclination, flair or liking to a certain path, fare better in that area. This makes life easy once we identify what we have a flair or liking for and though most of us modestly look around and wonder what we have a flair for, each of us have it within us and need to honestly find it because there is a profession or career choice for everything. Choices are limitless and you must exercise your power of choice wisely and honestly. From financial geniuses to movie moghuls, from industrialists to rich farmers, from computer experts to writers, from engineers and doctors to ice cream or chocolate manufacturers – career choices are wide and boundless.
Salary wise, the job market is fairly structured – i.e. it pays so much for this standard skill set (identified through your academic training and experience). Which means that if you are good at maths, science and are analytical enough, engineering could serve as a fine profession. With a penchant for science a desire to heal and a profession that deals with sick people, then medicine is an apt choice. If you like adventure you could choose to be a pilot. The corporate world pays well for managers who deliver results in financial terms and you could equip yourselves with skills of an MBA, or be a financial expert if you like figures, accounts, investments and portfolios. If you are good at analyzing, deducing and are articulate then you could become a lawyer.
The riskier the profession, the more the fame and wealth of course. There are many who laugh at the creative professions such as acting, music, writing etc and say that one cannot make money in such professions but it is a fact that the ones who are among the wealthiest hail from these professions. Similarly starting off business enterprises is also not seen as a great career choice because of the risks involved but then the wealthiest people around are successful industrialists.
It does boil down to one thing. Choose well and intuitively. By doing what you love to do, you will certainly have no limits to you canvas. You can fly as high as you wish!.