"I should have been a ..."
I can't count how many times in my tax career I acquired a new client and almost fell out of my chair when I learned how much they made in a profession I never gave a second thought about. Who's with me on this one? How many times have we, as tax professionals, uttered the words, "I should have been a ..."
Don't get me wrong — I enjoy what I do, and I provide well for my family. It also turns out that at 40 years old with 21 years of industry experience, it's a great position to be in with so many retiring tax professionals. But that was by accident, not because of great career advice when I was young.
Judge Judy is retiring from making new episodes of her eponymous show. It is reported that in 2013, she made approximately $47 million per year working just 52 days per year. In 2017, Forbes reported she earned $147 million pretax. It would be impossible to advise a young person on how to become the next Judge Judy, but what professions would you recommend a high school student pursue based on your tax experience? Below is a list of some professions I have run across that pay better than I would have expected and/or provide incredible benefits. The obvious ones, like doctors, are omitted.
I should have been a ...
- Veterinary oncologist
- Human resource manager
- Financial planner
- Power engineer
- Real estate developer
- Hospital administrator
E-mail me at email@example.com if you have any you would like to add to this list.