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>
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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.
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