I've been a muslim almost a year and sadly, I must say, that my job is haram. My college degree is in finance, and I currently work in the investment industry in Boston. Obviously I want to change careers so that I can have a job that is halal, as I feel this is the one major thing keeping me from becoming a truly pious believer.
The hard part is that I also need to maintain a reasonable salary due to the high costs of living in Boston (we recently moved from Seattle to Boston for my wife's job).
I had actually joined the company I work with now with the intention of being able to go overseas for an international assignment (as is common in the company) and work in Islamic finance (they are a huge company with offices in every major muslim country). Sadly, however, I have come to realize that Islamic finance is no different from the current system we have in place today.
Because of this, I'm looking to go in an entirely new direction, which is scary given that my speciality is in finance. Although I'm willing to take risks, it's harder to do when you're married.
So I'd like it if members could reply to this with examples of halal jobs that can earn a decent salary (since I'm in Boston, I'm looking at anything above $40K per year insha Allah).