While we’d all love to say that we chose our careers solely for the love of what we do, for a lot of people, deciding what they want to do in life comes down to one thing – money. There’s no doubt if making money is your main objective in finding a job there are certain careers that will give you a better shot at bringing in the big bucks. So, which are the higest paying jobs out there?
Well, CareerCast has just come out with their annual list of the 10 highest paying jobs of the year. And as you can imagine, many of them will involve a lot of schooling before someone will say “you’re hired.” In fact, most of the Top Ten jobs require some form of doctoral or other post-graduate degree. Yikes.
Topping the list this year is surgeon, which has an annual average salary of $409,665. Want a high-paying job that doesn’t require a doctoral certification? Well that would be Petroleum Engineer, which ranks at number seven, with an annual salary of $128,230. As for the only job to make the Top Ten that required a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, that would be Air Traffic Controller, with an annual median salary of $122,410.
Top Ten Highest Paying Jobs for 2017
- Surgeon - $409,665
- Orthodontist - $208,000
- Psychiatrist - $194,740
- General Practice Physician - $190,490
- Senior Corporate Executive - $181,210
- Dentist - $153,900
- Petroleum Engineer - $128,230
- Podiatrist - $124,830
- Air Traffic Controller - $122,410
- Pharmacist - $122,230
Source: Market Watch