Every nonprofit needs a good development director to keep it in the black. The good news is "the ranks of the wealthy are growing. There's a great deal of wealth that's untapped," said Tom Damewood, owner of Management Recruiters of Mid-Hudson Valley, N.Y.
Being paid to raise money for a good cause can be a rewarding experience that puts you in touch with wealthy donors, corporate executives, foundations and, if you're involved in special fundraising events, top entertainers, intellectuals, politicians and other newsmakers.
You can get your foot in the door through volunteering, interning or working as a development assistant or special events program assistant, Damewood said. He also recommends taking courses in nonprofit management and joining a chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
Pay: To start, $40,000-$50,000 in major East and West coast cities; after 10 years, $150,000 to $200,000; after ascending to chief operating officer or executive director, $300,000-$400,000