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What is the most lucrative career of 2019?

Asked Fort Mill, South Carolina

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Paul’s Answer

Updated Des Moines, Washington

Hi Eevie

 According to U.S. News, the most lucrative careers are going to be found in the technology sector, or in the health care field.

 The Bureau of Labor Statistics basically tracks this information on a yearly basis and right now the job of software developer, seems to be leading the way. Our technology in the United States, and around the world is changing, therefore there is a need for people in the technology and software development fields. As a result there are a large number of opportunities right now.

 Other fields, which seem to be very lucrative are found in the medical or STEM areas. This includes jobs being a Statistician, Physician’s Assistant, Dentist, Nurse Practitioner, <span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Nurse Anesthetist, Orthodontist and Pediatrician. </span>

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> I would research these particular fields and determine which one stimulates your academic interest and skills. Each one of them will require a college education, and in the field of medical care, several years of academic and training beyond a bachelor’s degree.  </span>

Paul recommends the following next steps:

  • Research the various careers, academic and certification requirements needed for successfully entering the technology or medical care sectors.
  • See a college academic advisor and determine which academic path is best suited for achieving your goals.
  • Visit a college or state career center to see what jobs are available in the various professional sectors which interest you.

Ceil’s Answer

Updated Oakland, California

Hi Eevie

Paul's answer is a good one, and mine is intended to augment that by suggesting that "the most lucrative career for you" is the real question to answer, not the most lucrative career generally. If you can make the most money as a physician, but would hate the work, it's not the right career for you. If you can make a gazillion bucks in artificial intelligence, but prefer to interact with people 80% of the time and find the isolation of technical discovery depressing, it's not the career for you. If you're the next Lin Manuel Miranda, then a career in theater and the arts is the most lucrative career for you, even though generally you're not going to make much money in that field.

Ceil recommends the following next steps:

  • Decide what you love - what grabs your attention and holds on even when the going gets tough.
  • Research the fields that will let you do that
  • Rank order the types of jobs in those fields in terms of which pay the most
  • Dig deeper to find out which of the ones which pay the most are most interesting / feasible for you. For example, if biotech research would totally be your passion for decades, but you don't have the wherewithal to get an MD/PhD, is there a less-well paying but more feasible job you could get more quickly in biotech? You can grow into the more lucrative role over time.