Much as we'd like to move along to something else, we're forced by current events to end the year with yet another discussion of compliance jobs. One year ago, we had Eliot Spitzer to thank for moving the noble profession of compliance professional out of the wings and directly onto center stage. Here we go again.

One year ago, compliance professionals could have expected to earn a respectable living. But with the new compliance program requirements effective Oct. 5, compliance professionals with the right skills and experience can more or less write their own tickets.

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