10 Highest-Paying Temp Jobs

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One way to get a foot in the door of a desirable employer is to get hired as a temp. This year, 40 percent of employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers, compared to 36 percent last year, according to an annual forecast by CareerBuilder (an AOL Jobs sponsor). Of these companies, 42 percent plan to offer some of their temporary workers permanent, full-time work.

Employers turn to temporary workers when they need to quickly ramp up operations in response to rising demand for their services or goods, says Eric Gilpin, president of the career site's staffing and recruiting group. "For job seekers, it's a great way to build relationships with employers and expand your resume, and is often an in-road into permanent placement within firms," he says.

What's more, many temp jobs are well-paying, providing wages that top $25 an hour (which during the course of year would top $50,000, based on a 40-hour workweek.) Using data from CareerBuilder, Economic Modeling Specialists and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, AOL Jobs has compiled a list of the highest-paying temp jobs, pulled from more than 90 national and state employment resources. (Note: the median wages noted for each occupation are those paid to workers regardless of whether they are permanent or temporary employees.)

Check out the list below, and then let us if these temporary jobs are careers you'd consider in your next job search.


10. Human Resource, Training and Labor Relations Specialists (recruits, screens, interviews and places workers, and may handle other HR work, such as employee relations, training, and payroll and benefits):

  • Number of people employed: 59,597.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 11,893 -- 25 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $26.44.

Find a job as a human resource, training and labor relations specialist.


9. Accountant and Auditor (prepares and examines financial records; ensures financial records are accurate, and taxes are paid properly and on time):

  • Number of people employed: 10,885.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,689 -- 18 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $30.04.

Find a job as an accountant and auditor.


8. Business Operations Specialist, other (works with various departments to coordinate operations, hires workers and buys supplies needed to ensure that a company can provide the goods and services that its customers want):

  • Number of people employed: 10,528.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,677 -- 19 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $30.82.

Find a job as a business operations specialist.


7. Registered Nurse (provides care and educates patients about various health conditions):

  • Number of people employed: 66,844.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 8,766 -- 15 percent growth..
  • Median hourly wage: $32.10.

Find a job as a registered nurse.


6. Computer Programmer (writes code to create software programs, and turns designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that computers can follow):

  • Number of people employed: 11,487.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,821 -- 19 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $34.48.

Find a job as a computer programmer.


5. Management Analyst (proposes ways to improve the efficiency of companies, and advises managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues):

  • Number of people employed: 9,891.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,492 -- 18 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $35.81.

Find a job as a management analyst.


4. Computer Systems Analyst (studies employers' current computer systems and procedures, and makes recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively):

  • Number of people employed: 8,197.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,278 -- 18 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $37.62.

Find a job as a computer systems analyst.


3. Software Developer, Applications (develops applications and operating systems for computers and other electronic devices that allow workers to perform specific tasks, e.g., word processing):

  • Number of people employed: 5,266.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 804 -- 18 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $42.92.

Find a job as a developer of software applications.


2. General and Operations Manager (manages and motivates workers, develops business strategy, and solves organizational problems as well as those of customers):

  • Number of people employed: 21,935.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 2,919 -- 15 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $46.39.

Find a job as a general and operations manager.


1. Software Developer, Systems Software (creates software to help companies operate more efficiently and effectively):

  • Number of people employed: 5,795.
  • Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 861 -- 17 percent growth.
  • Median hourly wage: $46.69.

Find a job as a systems software developer.



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