Best High-Paying Careers (and the Degrees You Need for Them)

According to our friends at Become Career, here are some of the best high-paying careers in the world, and the degrees you need to get them.  Listed below are the top three careers of each category, to see the 50 best high paying careers, visit the link at the bottom of this page!

Highest Paying Careers in Business and Management

1. Chief Executive Officer

Salary: $173,350
Job Description: The CEO’s job is to lead the company. CEOs are often directly involved in initiating and driving the company’s most significant initiatives. Because of this leadership role within the company, the CEO is normally the highest paid position in business.
Education: Many CEOs have advanced degrees in their field of specialty, and most have at least an MBA.

2. Marketing Manager

Salary: $122,720
Job Description: Marketing managers establish and coordinate marketing policies and programs for their company. They are responsible for market segmentation and developing product and pricing strategies that will allow their firms to maximize their profits while growing market share. They also scan the marketplace for new opportunities to develop new products and services.
Education: Bachelor’s in Marketing. Many earn an advanced degree in the form of an MBA in Marketing to supplement their undergraduate education and work experience.

3. Sales Manager

Salary: $114,110
Job Description: Sales managers are responsible for managing sales teams who sell products and services to customers. They also establish sales territories and policies for quotas and goals. They are also responsible for the development of effective training programs for the sales representatives.
Education: Minimum requirement is often a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, often with added emphasis on marketing. Some companies prefer an MBA or other advanced degree. Education, sales performance, and track record as a leader and driver of sales are important factors.


Highest Paying Careers in Computers, Mathematics, and Sciences

1. Natural Sciences Manager

Salary: $129,320
Job Description: Natural science managers keep the scientists and researchers employed by their company on task. Because they must be both skilled managers and highly trained scientists, Natural Sciences Managers are typically among the highest paid position in this group.
Education: A Ph.D. in the field is the absolute minimum. Many also have either augmented their advanced degrees with management specializations. Others choose to earn an entirely separate MBA in addition to their other education. 

2. Computer and Information Systems Manager

Salary: $123,280
Job Description: Computer and Information Systems Managers are responsible for coordinating information and computer systems of a company including electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Education: Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Information Science or Management of Information Systems is required. Many companies prefer candidates with an MBA in Information Technology Management.

3. Physicist

Salary: $112,020
Job Description: Physicists research the world and develop theories based on observation and experiments. They also develop methods for applying physics laws and theories to our every day lives. Many positions are in research; however, many physicists also teach.
Education: Ph.D. in Physics.


Highest Paying Careers in Architecture and Engineering

1. Petroleum Engineer

Salary: $127,970
Job Description: Apply the principles of engineering to the problems of the extraction and production of oil and gas. Develop new tools crucial to the extraction of oil and gas. Oversee the operations of drilling, offering technical support when necessary. Because of their critical role for company growth and expansion within one of the largest industries on the planet, Petroleum Engineers are very highly paid, and Petroleum Engineering is the highest paid career within the fields of engineering and architecture.
Education: Minimum Bachelor’s in Engineering. Many engineers seek advanced degrees such as a Master’s in Engineering.

2. Architectural and Engineering Manager

Salary: $125,900
Job Description: The main role is project management in the fields of Architecture and Engineering. This role requires specialized knowledge allowing them to guide research and development as well.
Education: Minimum Bachelor’s in Engineering or Architecture, though many positions require an MBA or Master’s of Engineering Management (MEM).

3. Nuclear Engineer

Salary: $101,500
Job Description: Nuclear engineers apply the principles and theory of nuclear science to the problems inherent in the process of harnessing nuclear energy. These engineers also devise methods for the safe disposal of nuclear waste materials.
Education: Minimum Bachelor’s in Engineering. Master’s in Engineering for more advanced positions, and Ph.D. to teach.


Highest Paying Careers in Healthcare

1. Surgeon

Salary: $225,390
Job Description: Surgeons treat patients suffering from disease, injury, and deformity using various surgical techniques. Because of the significant amount of training and study required to become a surgeon, and the risks and responsibilities involved in the job, Surgeons are the highest paid professionals in the field of healthcare.
Education: Minimum M.D. or D.O. degree.

2. Anesthesiologist

Salary: $220,100
Job Description: A doctor responsible for administering anaesthetics before, during and after surgery and other medical operations.
Education: Minimum M.D. or D.O. degree.

3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Salary: $214,120
Job Description: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform surgeries to treat a wide range of defects, diseases and injuries in the head, neck, face, jaws and other oral and maxillofacial regions. Maxillofacial surgeons also often perform cosmetic surgeries.
Education: Minimum Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Many also pursue or hold an M.D. or D.O. degree.


Highest Paying Careers in Other Industries

1. Lawyer

Salary: $129,440
Job Description: Lawyers aid and advise clients in the management of legal transactions. They also write and review contracts, represent clients in criminal and civil courtroom proceedings, engage in litigation on behalf of clients.
Education: Minimum of a J.D. is the degree lawyers must attain in order to practice (in addition to passing the requisite state bar exam).

2. Airline Pilot, Co-Pilot and Flight Engineer

Salary: $115,300
Job Description: These individuals are responsible for safely piloting and navigating the flight of commercial aircraft for the transportation of cargo and passengers.
Education: Training and flight time are the most important factors. Due to an increase in applicants with a Bachelor’s degree, many major airlines are now requiring Bachelor’s degrees for the consideration of candidates. Applicants for a pilot’s license must be 18 years of age and have 250 hours of logged flight experience. Attending flight school or obtaining lessons from an FAA certified flight instructor are the common ways of satisfying licensing requirements.

3. Air Traffic Controller

Salary: $110,280
Job Description: Air Traffic Controllers control air traffic within the vicinity of a specific airport including the transition of air traffic between different altitudes and holding patterns according to the procedures and policies of the company and federal regulations.
Education: Three years of progressively responsible full time employment, or four years of college or a combination of both (30 semester credit hours or 45 quarter hours equates to 1 year of full time work experience). The rest is a series of pre-employment tests administered by the FAA. There are also AT-CTI schools that often operate in conjunction with universities to provide training for those interested in pursuing a career in the field.


Source: Become Career