It's common knowledge that those who graduate with a degree in the STEM majors (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) or in business can usually nab a high-paying job. Experienced equity analysts, engineers, actuaries and computer scientists can earn six-figure salaries, according to PayScale.
Still, while STEM fields, especially engineering, offer some of the highest paying jobs for millennials, you're not doomed if you graduated with a liberal arts degree, said Vicki Salemi, a career expert for Monster.com. "If you didn't graduate in those fields, it doesn't mean you are not going to get a high-paying job," she said.
Management positions in business development, human resources or marketing can earn six-figure salaries, for example.
And don't let the manager title fool you into thinking these positions are decades away. Experts say manager roles like these can typically be acquired within a few years. And they are other high-paying positions that don't require a STEM or business degree.
Here are some tips to make sure you're well-positioned to land one.
Assess your strengths.
Before you seek out a new position in your company, or a new job, be clear about the skills and expertise you have to offer. "Know your market value," said Scott Dobroski, associate director of corporate communications at Glassdoor.com.
Dobroski suggests using an Excel grid or pen and paper to list your strengths in one column and your weaknesses in another. Compare the strengths with jobs or career paths you're considering. If your strengths line up "that's a good indicator that you could make an easy transition," he said. If more of your weaknesses align with the desired role, it's an indication that you likely need to learn certain skills before you can make the move.
Job sites like Glassdoor.com, MyNextMove.com, or Careercast.com can help you assess your skills and see what roles might be a good fit. To get a better idea of your strengths and skills, Dobroski also suggests asking your friends and family.
How much are your skills worth? Sites like PayScale.com, Glassdoor.com and Salary.com can give you an idea of the income levels you can expect for different roles.
After you've assessed your strengths and interests, make a list of your key selling points—from leadership roles you've held to specific skills you've developed (like working on an email marketing campaign, say, or managing a large project)—as well as achievements that you can use to pitch yourself for the roles that interest you.