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Money is important when making a career decision. Earlier I asked you to think about your minimum salary and your ideal salary. But will the industry or role pay these amounts? You'll need to do some research to find out. I'm going to suggest some resources that should help you identify a realistic salary range for particular roles and industries. The first resource is the BLS. Their web site allows you to search by industry and job position, and is one of the most reliable sources of job data. However, the BLS is based on the U.S, market.
So if you're looking outside of the U.S., then you may need to rely more on your country standards. Second, professional organizations are good source to benchmark salaries. These organizations often publish salary surveys of members on their web sites. If you don't know an association in your area of expertise, Weddles.com is a great place to find your professional organization. Third, I recommend to you use a salary comparison web site. Some of the more popular sites include PayScale.com, Salary.com, and glassdoor.com.
These web sites are often better for confirming the research that you've already completed, rather than as a starting point. Write down the estimated salary range in your career development guide. You'll want to compare this with the minimum and the ideal salaries you listed earlier to determine if these industries and roles meet your needs.
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