19 top jobs in places where a $60,000 salary goes the furthest

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Think you need a six-figure salary to live large in America? Not so fast…

Although it’s getting harder to make it on a modest salary in major cities like New York and Atlanta, there are places where the cost of living is low and jobs are plentiful!

And we’re talking about the types of positions that allow you to truly thrive, not just survive.

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19 jobs where you can live large on $60K a year

Using a $60,000 salary as a benchmark, Glassdoor highlighted top jobs by comparing median base salary in a particular state to the state’s personal consumption expenditure.

What’s that, you ask? Think of it as the amount of your salary that you spend on living expenses.

As you look through this list of jobs where you can live well on $60,000, think about how your life would be different if you had more money left over every month to save and spend.

All of these jobs are open right now, so head over to Glassdoor if you find one that catches your eye.

1. Financial Analyst in Alabama

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $30,459

2. Research Scientist in Alabama

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $30,459

3. Network Engineer in Arkansas

  • Median Base Salary: $62,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $29,791

4. Professor in Idaho

  • Median Base Salary: $65,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,226

5. Project Manager in Idaho

  • Median Base Salary: $64,500
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,226

6. Area Manager in Kentucky

  • Median Base Salary: $61,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $31,925

7. Operations Manager in Kentucky

  • Median Base Salary: $62,250
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $31,925

8. Systems Administrator in Kentucky

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $31,925

9. Engineer in Mississippi

  • Median Base Salary: $64,000
    State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $29,330

10. Production Manager in Mississippi

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $29,330

11. Designer in North Carolina

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,501

12. HR Generalist in North Carolina

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,501

13. IT Analyst in North Carolina

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,501

14. Executive Manager in Oklahoma

  • Median Base Salary: $65,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,397

15. Marketing Manager in Oklahoma

  • Median Base Salary: $62,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,397

16. Registered Nurse Case Manager in South Carolina

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033

17. Solutions Consultant in South Carolina

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033

18. Systems Administrator in South Carolina

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033

19. Technical Writer in South Carolina

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033

CareerBuilder’s 2017 job forecast

If you’ve been looking for a new job for a while, you should know that the hiring outlook for 2017 is the best the U.S. has seen in a decade, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast.

You can expect about 40% of employers to hire full-time, permanent workers over the next year.

And of those employers planning to hire, some of the hot areas for hiring will be: information technology, customer service, production, sales and administrative.

Here are five other trends to watch for this year:

1. Pressure to offer higher pay: Two-thirds of employers plan to increase salaries on initial job offers, with 30% of employers increasing it by 5% or more.

2. Job seekers must emphasize soft skills: The majority of hiring managers place importance on skills associated with one’s personality, like a positive attitude.

3. You may not receive a phone call: More than 40% of employers will reach out to candidates through text messages to schedule interviews.

4. Keep up with Facebook and Twitter: Roughly 60% of employers expect employees to have social media experience.

5. No experience, no problem: More than half of employers said they will hire and train workers who don’t have experience in their field.

Read more: Going on a job interview? These 5 signs could mean you’re getting hired

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Mike Timmermann About the author:
Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, Save on Almost Everything.
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