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10 Great Gigs for Savvy Communicators

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You’ve got a way with words. Talk talent. The gift of gab. Whatever cliché you want to use (or not use—the best communicators generally don’t!), you know how to get your point across.

And it’s not about wielding a megaphone—you understand the subtle science of persuasion, how to build a powerful argument and what buttons to push to communicate your idea. Plus, you’re flexible enough to adapt your lingo to any environment, audience or situation.

With this marketable skill, you can stand out in almost any field. In fact, clear communication was listed as the number one must-have job skill in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

Yet there are some jobs in particular where stellar communication skills can truly skyrocket your career. Check out these top gigs for savvy communications:

1. Social Media Manager

With your knowledge of the latest trends and technology, you’re at the forefront of marketing and outreach. Anyone can run a basic Twitter feed, but you distinguish yourself by deftly communicating your brand’s unique vision, style and voice. You know your audience inside and out, and that lets you build real connections—even if it is through a computer screen.

Average Salary: $57,000

2. Nurse

Clear communications between healthcare teams is crucial—especially in pressure valve situations like the ER. But when you’re a nurse, connecting with patients is just as important. Whether you’re persuading a patient to forego steak dinners in favor of heart health, explaining a recovery plan or keeping a kid calm in a scary situation, the ability to choose your words well is key.

Average Salary: $65,000

3. Software Developer

Whether it’s fair or not, techies are notorious for being bad communicators. Yet as a software engineer—the creative mind behind computer programs—you’re way ahead if you can communicate well with your team. And if you’re gifted at translating tech lingo into language anybody could understand, you’ll really stand out in this industry.

Average Salary: $90,000

4. PR Specialist

As a PR specialist, you don’t just spread the good news about your company—you’re excellent at putting out PR fires, too. Your communication skills get a workout as you make announcements, network with media contacts or smooth over public scandals with your talk talent.

Average Salary: $57,000

5. Interpreter

Your basic job is translating a message, but it’s so much more than getting words in the right order. Especially in a healthcare or business setting, you’ve got to be a master of cross-cultural conversations. By conveying subtle social cues and nuances, you ensure your client’s point isn’t lost in the crossfire.

Average Salary: $43,000

6. Makeup Artist

Successful makeup artists bring creative vision and true flexibility to every project. Your career often involves interpreting somebody else’s idea—whether you’re creating a look to complement a fashion designer’s new collection or figuring out how a bride wants to appear on her big day. By listening, clarifying and working with each client, you deliver a final product that’s both creative and beautiful.

Average Salary: $64,000

7. Wedding Planner

Genius organizer…crafty mastermind…brilliant diplomat. These are just a few descriptions of a stand-out wedding planner. Your clear directions, calm head and tactful words guarantee each event runs as smooth as butter—even if you’re dealing with a bridezilla.

Average Salary: $45,000

8. Film Editor

Film editors are all about visual communication. But your way with words comes into play, too, because this job is highly collaborative: you work with sound designers, producers and directors to create the final cut. Your tact and eloquence allows you to navigate other’s priorities and stay true to your own artistic vision.

Average Salary: $45,000

9. Political Organizer

Political organizers juggle many balls in order to build momentum around a movement—whether it’s a cause or a campaign. This job has communication at its core: as you coordinate events, rallies and fundraising galas, you talk with hundreds of people from every walk of life. Your sharp verbal skills bring people together to give money, donate time and spread the word.

Average Salary: Varies widely

10. Sales Manager

Sales—it’s the ultimate communication industry. And sales managers run the show. Whether you’re focused on customer-oriented work, overseeing your brand ambassadors or reporting to higher-ups, you tailor your lingo differently for each audience. If you thrive on high-pressure and fast talking, this gig could be ideal.

Average Salary: $98,000

Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Annie Favreau works for Inside Jobs, a site that helps people discover strong careers and connect with the right education to achieve their goals. Follow her on Twitter at @InsideJobs!

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