It’s important to pick a career path that you’ll enjoy following in the future. Another thing is to pick something that will feed you good all the time you’ll spend on your dream job. According to Business Insider, there are a few jobs in US that will keep your pockets full – but you’ll probably need a proper education for these.
The chart is based on 2016 Best Jobs ranking compiled by US News & World Report, and it includes research built on median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. Positions in healthcare are noticeably dominant, but there are still good positions for people who aren’t really up for medicine.
We list top 20 jobs, with mean annual salaries mentioned in parenthesis.
20. Optometrist ($113,010)
Optometrists are those who are working with visual health issues, and perform the vision correction. A bachelor’s degree is required, as well as four-year study program.
19. Business-operations manager ($117,200)
These are people that are keeping the business alive and running. Hiring people, dealing with contracts, leading teams: yes, these are all their responsibilities. Business & economics school certificate is a must.
18. Pharmacist ($118,470)
Irreplaceable for medicine, pharmacists are in this ranking, unsurprisingly.
17. Sales manager ($126,040)
If you have a product or a service, you’ll certainly need someone to sell it to other people. Bachelor’s degree in marketing or/and business administration.
16. Financial manager ($130,230)
Financial managers are required to control the checkbook and finances flows. An economics degree is a must, as well as high attention to details.
15. Lawyer ($133,470)
Lawyers can differ from company to company, as well as their roles can be different. Their salaries depend on their field of work, but the median remains high nevertheless.
14. Information-technology manager ($136,280)
A good IT manager is a gem everyone tries to grab – and it gets harder with every day of digital era. The position does not really belong to any specific industry, so they are required everywhere.
13. Marketing manager ($137,400)
There is no fixed set of responsibilities for marketing manager, since it joins a variety of tasks they perform every day: advertising, promotion, strategic planning and design work.
12. Podiatrist ($137,480)
A medicine specialization not many people have heard of, podiatrists are dealing with feet and ankles, treating feet wounds, fractures and sprains. It’s not an easy task to become podiatrist, though: a bachelor’s degree is required, then individuals must attend medical school, complete a three-year residency program, and pass the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam.
11. Prosthodontist ($142,830)
These doctors deal with oral prostheses that replace missing teeth. Replacements may come in various forms, and require special skills to make quality prostheses.
10. Nurse anesthetist ($158,900)
Nurse anesthetists are assisting doctors, relieving patients from pain through intravenous drugs or inhaled gases. To become a nurse anesthetist, a person must complete at least one year of critical-care experience and earn a master’s degree from an accredited nurse-anesthesia program.
9. Dentist ($166,810)
Dentists are responsible for people’s healthy mouths: curing cavities, oral diseases and extracting teeth if needed.
8. Pediatrician ($175,400)
Pediatricians are focusing on children’s health, from physical to mental. Specialization varies greatly, so it’s like with lawyers and IT managers, there is no clear definition.
7. Psychiatrist ($182,700)
Unlike doctors mentioned above, psychiatrists do not deal with physical conditions, but mental ones.
6. Physician ($190,530)
The term “physician” encompasses everything from primary-care doctors to gynecologists to cardiologists to dermatologists — and every niche in between.
5. Orthodontist ($201,030)
These doctors are watching your mouths so you can have perfect smiles – fixing irregular bites and realigning crooked teeth.
4. Obstetrician and gynecologist ($214,750)
Obstetricians and gynecologists help maintain women’s reproductive health.
3. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon ($219,600)
Unlike a regular dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons go through an additional four years of surgical training to be able to perform surgical procedures pertaining to the face, mouth, and jaw, such as fixing a cleft lip or administering a face-lift.
2. Surgeon ($240,440)
Surgeons undertake the heaviest jobs: they deal directly with human bodies, correcting injuries, deformities and effects of some deceases. They take long times to study: bachelor’s degree is a minimum, then surgical residency program that takes five years at least.
1. Anesthesiologist ($246,320)
And the highest paid job is anesthesiologist. These professionals are administering the drugs used for pain relief during surgeries.
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