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Top Six Highest Paying Jobs in America
The Department of Labor has ranked the top jobs in America and, not surprisingly, the majority of them fall into a medical category. Most of these jobs require a specialty in the medical field, so once you get out of pre-med and actual med school, you need to go just a little further to make the extra bucks.
Let’s start with highest paying job number six:
They rake in about $80.00+ per hour and average about $166,400+ annually.
Giving children and adults alike the gift of straight teeth. Who knew a set of braces, which set most families back thousands, contribute to the fat pockets of one of America’s highest paying professionals? Get yourself to dental school! For the love of teeth…
Rough starting salary: $134,090
Training time: 5 to 10 years
From askmen.com: “A pilot can not only captain in America a commercial airliner, but he can also fly helicopters, test aircraft, serve as an aviation director, crop dust, monitor traffic, and pilot cargo planes.While everyone has heard of the grand benefits enjoyed by commercial airline pilots — they fly only 100 hours per month due to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations — it is not easy to obtain that status. Becoming certified as a pilot is not too stringent — you need to be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience to obtain the basic licenses. Commercial airline pilots need to be at least 23, have at least 1,500 hours in the air, and pass an array of FAA tests (written, flight and instrument).
A four-year degree is not necessary; however, the increasingly competitive landscape is making many airlines require a bachelor’s degree. Due to the number of required — and generally expensive — flight hours, many airline pilots have earned their experience in the military. There are, however, many private flight training schools. After being hired by an airline, it can take 5 to 15 years to become a captain and reap the rewards in terms of pay, benefits and choice of routes.”
Highest salary: $140,210
Training time: 6 to 7 years
From askmen:com: “Engineering managers are responsible for plans, coordination, research, design, and production activities. Frequently, engineering managers oversee natural science managers and information systems managers — two professions that also made this list.
Typically, engineering managers determine specific technical or scientific goals, provide broad outlines, plan the execution and, in some cases, are responsible for the financial viability of a project. For example, engineering managers may be actively involved in the development of a real estate community, or they may work in the manufacturing space to solve technical problems. However, managers who deal with semiconductors and electronic components manufacturing are among the highest paid.
Most engineering managers have bachelor’s degrees, and many will pursue post-graduate degrees, such as an MBA, a Master of Science or a doctorate.”
Annual Average salary: $174,610
For the love of women! After getting your passing regular med school, you can get a specialty in women’s health. The main drawback is OB/GYN doctors have one of the highest insurance rates to cover them in case of medical malpractice. So if you choose this career, know that you’ll be shelling out a lot in insurance to cover your own medical expenses.
Annual Average Salary: $174,610
They put you to sleep and make six figures. But they’re not sleeping on the job…According to wikipedia, “Anesthesiologists are responsible for ensuring the delivery of anesthesia safely to patients in virtually all health care settings, including all major medical and tertiary care facilities. This includes a preoperative evaluation, consultation with the surgical team, creating a plan for the anesthesia tailored to each individual patient, airway management, intraoperative life support and provision of pain control, intraoperative diagnostic stabilization, and proper post-operative management of patients. Preparation of patients for emergency surgery are mandatory, essential, and critical skills that anesthesiologists have been trained to employ. Because anesthesiologists are physicians, in contrast to other anesthesia providers, they are able to utilize their extensive knowledge of human physiology and diseases to guide their decision making.”
Annual Starting Salary: $181,850
So after the wealthy anesthesiologist puts you to sleep, the other wealthiest man/woman in the room takes over. That’s right, surgeons generate the highest income in the United States, averaging more than top tier athletes. Because its such a broad career field, there are countless specialties in surgery, ranging from vascular surgery to neurological surgery to cosmetic surgery.