So you really wanna join the six figure club, eh? Here’s a top 15 list of the highest paying careers in the United States according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. You’ll be surprised to see that you don’t need to be an actor, sports superstar, or even a doctor to make six figures; some high paying positions only require a Bachelor’s degree.
While 7 of the top 10 highest paying jobs in the country are in the medical field, 17 of the top 25 are NOT, definitively demonstrating that there are options available to you to reach your financial goals without having to cut people open. I laugh because I had a high school friend who wanted to go into the medical field. I asked why and he said that he was going to do it for the money. If he knew of all the options he had for making the kind of money he was interested in making, he may not have gone that route.
Here are the top 15 highest paying jobs in the United States according to a 2008 survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
15. Political Scientists – $104,130
Political Scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. Research a wide range of subjects, such as relations between the United States and foreign countries, the beliefs and institutions of foreign nations, or the politics of small towns or a major metropolis. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.
Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science
14. Pharmacists – $106,410
Pharmacists distribute prescription drugs to individuals. They also advise their patients, physicians, and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications, as well as monitor the health and progress of those patients to ensure that they are using their medications safely and effectively.
Bachelor’s Degree in Science
Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D) – 3 Years
13. Petroleum Engineers – $108,020
Petroleum engineers design methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth. Once these resources have been discovered, petroleum engineers work with geologists and other specialists to understand the geologic formation and properties of the rock containing the reservoir, to determine the drilling methods to be used, and to monitor drilling and production operations. They design equipment and processes to achieve the maximum profitable recovery of oil and gas. Because only a small proportion of oil and gas in a reservoir flows out under natural forces, petroleum engineers develop and use various enhanced recovery methods, including injecting water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reservoir to force out more of the oil and doing computer-controlled drilling or fracturing to connect a larger area of a reservoir to a single well. Because even the best techniques in use today recover only a portion of the oil and gas in a reservoir, petroleum engineers research and develop technology and methods for increasing the recovery of these resources and lowering the cost of drilling and production operations.
Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering