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Linda’s Answer

You can be a top earner in any industry, it just depends on your work ethic, self-discipline, and motivation.

Repeating Linda's comment, you can earn a lot in any industry if you work hard and are creative. However, if you are asking what type of careers offer the fastest and cheapest path to a higher income, the most normal path is through working for a corporation in either sales, HR, consulting, IT, trainer, marketer, accounting, UX design, etc. In these types of roles, it is usually easier to get a 60K+ salary with only an undergrad degree. But it may not be what you enjoy most! Kayla Myers

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Nadia’s Answer

There is nothing as a highest paid job. It all depend on YOU
I believe in only one motto in life :
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND MONEY WILL FOLLOW YOU!

The more passion you have for your work the more successful you would be.


You can be a top earner in any industry, it just depends on your work ethic, motivation and meticulous preparation.

Thanks for the great answer. I appreciate! Kakwi K.

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Emily’s Answer

actuarial science. business professional who deals with the measurement and management of risk and uncertainty

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James’s Answer

Since I'm in field of business - I can give you some insight into a couple fields (accounting and investment banking):

Accounting: This will allow you to have a steady career with a level of job stability. Although it's a grind in the earlier years with regards to salary (you won't be paid the big bucks) but the skills you gain over the years and progression will allow you to take on middle-management (controllership positions) or even eventually in the C-suite office (i.e. CFO). If you look at the top F500 companies, there is publicly disclosed information about what CFOs make (millions depending on the compensation make-up - salary, bonus, stock units, options etc.). You can also go to the route of public accounting where you are a 'public accountant / auditor' servicing audit services for these F500 companies. Progression is normally the following:

Associate: 1-2 years
Senior Associate: 3 - 5 years
Manager/Senior Manager: 5- 9 years
Director: 9+ years
Partner: 12 + years

By the time that you're a manager you should be raking in at least 6 figures - and if you're ambitious enough to go through the partner route with an partnership equity stake in the firm practice, you could be raking in close to 7 figures or over 7 figures depending on your performance (i.e. selling services to existing or new clients). If you think about the career progression relative to that of what everybody is mentioning (medical practice field), you honestly come out on top granted the amount of student loan debt that these individuals have to put themselves through and an immense amount of schooling (8+ years)

Investment Banking: This is also a popular route for people that enjoy the capital markets. I have a sample of salary ranges for each level (wallstreetoasis)

Analyst - 1st Year: $70,000 - $150,000
Analyst - 3rd Year: $120,000 - $350,000
Associate - 1st Year: $150,000 - $350,000
Associate - 3rd Year: $250,000 - $500,000
Vice President: $350,000 - $1,500,000
Managing Director/Partner: $500,000 - $20,000,000+

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Dinesh’s Answer

Hi Kakwi,

This is a pretty open-ended question and depends upon your definition of highest paid and job. Like most of the folks here have already mentioned, I would reiterate that there is no such highest paid job. With your passion, ethics and motivation for the job you are in, you could reach any heights. Also pay could be in the form of cash in hand or cash + benefits.

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Pratham’s Answer

You will be able to get hundreds of articles online to show you which profession will give you highest pay.
However, I would recommend you personally to get to know what your skill sets are or what thing are you interested in doing and at the same time good at.
Once you have decided on it, make sure to hone your skills and look for job that requires those skills.
There is no shortcut to get a job which will pay you high packages directly until you are really an expert.
So my suggestion is to work on your strengths and grow up the ladder to reach the highest pay in your job.

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Wilson’s Answer

Hello Kakwi K.

Let’s be honest — who doesn’t want to earn more money? While salary is far from the only thing that matters when considering a career path, it is definitely an important factor. Figuring out what a job pays will help you, in part, decide whether or not a field is right for you.

According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 19 percent of Americans make enough money to be considered rich, or in the upper-income echelon of all households. While average incomes vary by location, individuals are typically classified as “rich” if they earn at least twice the median national household income per year. In 2017 this number was $61,372, meaning a household needed to make at least $122,744 to fall into the upper-income/rich category. For the purpose of this guide, however, “rich” will be defined as anyone who earns a salary of around $100,000 or more per year.

This guide can be a resource for anyone in the beginning or early stages of their careers, who want to plan for their future by not only selecting a lucrative career right out of college, but also take steps toward maximizing their earning potential in the long-term. Midlife career-changers may also find this guide helpful if they wish to explore a new industry or field. Keep reading to find a career that can make you rich.

Careers That Make You Rich
A wide variety of high-paying careers for graduates of all degree levels exist, but individuals must know where to look for and how to pursue them. The following three sections take a look at the top paying jobs for those who have (or intend to complete) a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral/professional degree.

To come up with each list of careers, we looked at how experience, education, location, and ongoing training affect earning potential so job seekers could see how salaries fluctuate. Special attention was paid to ensuring a wide variety of job types and industries were represented. Data and information was collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Labor, and PayScale. When reviewing these jobs, keep in mind that starting salaries vary significantly based on location, type of industry, and employer. For instance, an individual working in marketing for a nonprofit will likely earn less than someone in the same role at a large corporate entity. Readers should also note that some jobs require several years of experience before salaries begin to rise significantly.

High-Paying Careers That Require a Bachelor’s Degree
Chief Executive Officer
Working at the helm of a company, CEOs oversee all departments, receive reports from departmental heads, set strategic goals, monitor budgets, make high-level decisions, lead all staff, and, in some cases, report to a board of directors. Most hold a business or business-related bachelor’s degree and significant work experience in other roles.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$120,000 $154,000 $193,000 $229,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$183,270
How to get rich:
Unless an individual starts their own company, most people do not receive CEO titles until they work their way up to the top position. They can earn higher salaries by working in top-paying industries such as professional, scientific and technical services; manufacturing; healthcare and social assistance; or the government.

Computer & Information Systems Manager
Professionals in this position oversee the technological needs of their companies and ensure employees receive proper equipment and training. They also oversee maintenance, installation of hardware/software, network security, and other computer professionals in their departments. Most hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology and several years of work experience.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$70,000 $90,000 $122,000 $132,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$139,220
How to get rich:
Individuals looking to maximize their earning potential in this field often consider industry and location when planning their careers. New York, New Jersey, California, Virginia, and Washington D.C. currently provide the highest annual median wages. Certain industries also pay more than others – those working in information, computer systems design, finance and insurance, manufacturing, and management tend to earn the highest salaries.

Architectural/Engineering Manager
Acting as project managers, these professionals oversee the work of architects or engineers in a wide variety of industries. They manage workflow, make decisions about staffing, train staff, maintain budgets, report to other senior-level staff, and create strategic goals. Most hold an architecture or engineering bachelor’s degree and significant work experience.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$114,000 $141,000 $153,000 $154,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$137,720
How to get rich:
Managers in these industries hoping to boost salaries should look closely at the different types of industries and subfields they pursue, as well as where they live. The highest paying industry focuses on scientific research, while enterprise management, manufacturing, architectural/engineering services, and government work also rate favorably. Highest paying states include Colorado, Texas, California, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Pilot
Whether navigating small charter planes, military helicopters, or commercial jets, pilots fly planes to all corners of the earth carrying both passengers and cargo. They monitor flight conditions, check the plane for safety, communicate with their copilots and air traffic control, and ensure the plane flies smoothly. A bachelor’s degree and training to receive a license and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate are required.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$69,000 $91,000 $129,000 $197,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$137,330
How to get rich:
While commercial piloting exists as the most visible career path, some pilots decide to fly charter planes for private wealthy clients, while others work with cargo corporations to transport consumer and other goods. Scheduled air transportation offers the highest industry salaries, while nonscheduled transportation and the federal government offer the second and third highest incomes, respectively.

Petroleum Engineer
Working alongside other engineers and natural resource professionals, petroleum engineers devise safe and effective means of extricating oil and gas from new and existing wells. They may work to design equipment, create work plans for drilling fields, or oversee the installation and running of these tools. These professionals must possess a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$97,000 $120,000 $140,000 $177,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$132,280
How to get rich:
In addition to work experience, petroleum engineers looking to earn the highest salaries should pursue management roles after gaining a few years of experience. They should also consider location – the BLS called out New Jersey for being the top paying state for petroleum engineers.

Marketing Manager
Marketing managers can be found in every industry. They create marketing plans to achieve business goals, oversee staff, develop and monitor budgets, liaise with other departments, and review market research. Most possess bachelor’s degrees in marketing or advertising and have worked their way up the ranks.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$85,000 $97,000 $112,000 $119,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$132,230
How to get rich:
Working in a lucrative industry to can help secure a top salary. While the oil and gas extraction industry pays these professionals annual mean wages of $197,000 according to the BLS, those in the sound recording industry earn $131,820. Location also plays a big role: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, and California offer the highest salaries.

Financial Manager
Sometimes referred to as CFOs, financial managers oversee the financial viability of their companies. They oversee budgets, set financial goals, develop reports for company leadership and/or boards, look for ways of cutting costs, and direct others on their team. Most hold a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or another business-related field.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$100,000 $128,000 $142,000 $142,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$125,080
How to get rich:
In addition to experience, type of industry plays a significant role in salary outcomes. The BLS notes that those working in pipeline transportation and securities/financial investments earn annual salaries in excess of $200,000 annually. Those in credit intermediation, conversely, earn annual mean salaries of $118,660.

Sales Manager
In this leadership role, sales managers oversee efforts to sell a company’s products or services to clients. They train sales associates, set monthly and yearly targets, review sales data, create sales training programs, review customer satisfaction data, create projections, and set special pricing plans. Most hold a bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, or a business-related subject.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$70,000 $102,000 $124,000 $127,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$121,060
How to get rich:
Experience and industry play key roles in this career. Individuals must spend time honing sales skills before taking on a managerial role. Those who earn commissions also stand to inflate their salaries significantly – especially those working in areas of commodities/financial investments, oil and gas extraction, legal services, and scientific research and development.

Compensation & Benefits Manager
Working in concert with human relations staff, these professionals oversee programs that provide compensation and benefits to employees. They set wages for individual roles, oversee payroll, ensure their company is following state and federal regulations, create and maintain budgets, and work with vendors to create benefits packages.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$89,000 $103,000 $109,000 $105,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$119,120
How to get rich:
While industry doesn’t play as significant a role in earnings for this career, location does. Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Connecticut offer the highest annual median salaries. Individuals can also work towards director or chief human resources officer positions to further boost income.

Natural Sciences Manager
Sometimes known as laboratory managers, these scientists oversee research and development conducted by natural scientists. In addition to research responsibilities, they also oversee lab budgets, create research goals, ensure researchers possess the training and equipment needed, and oversee proposal development. A bachelor’s degree in a natural science and work experience is typically required.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$75,000 $101,000 $117,000 $125,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$118,970
How to get rich:
Further education is not required, but managers who complete project management certification or an advanced degree often earn higher salaries. Industry should also be considered, as highlighted by the BLS. Those in grant-making and giving services earn a mean salary of about $208,000 annually while those overseeing medical and diagnostic labs earn around $129,000 each year.

High-Paying Careers That Require a Master’s Degree
Nurse Anesthetist
Working alongside anesthesiologists, doctors, and other nursing and healthcare professionals, nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia, evaluate patients, consult with care providers, review medical histories, and ensure patients receive correct dosages of anesthetics. They must hold a master’s degree in nurse anesthetics and receive licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$133,000 $149,000 $157,000 $167,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$165,120
How to get rich:
Like anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists can specialize in particular areas of the field (e.g. pain management, orthopedic, or critical care anesthesiology) and receive credentials to earn higher salaries. The highest paying employers include hospitals, outpatient care centers, physicians’ offices, health practitioners’ offices, and educational service agencies.

Political Scientist
Political scientists have many career opportunities available to them. Some go into academia to train the next generation, while others work as researchers studying political data and the changes in political trends. Still others decide to work with political candidates to hold office or lend their services to government agencies. A master’s degree in political science is required.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$56,000 $61,000 $99,000 $147,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$115,110
How to get rich:
Work experience and reputation play significant roles in earning potential, as does industry. Those working for the federal government earn the highest salaries, while others working in research placed second. As noted by the BLS, political scientists working in campaigns earned mean annual salaries of $106,730. Aspiring teachers often need to complete a doctoral degree to earn the highest incomes.

Computer & Information Research Scientist
With an eye to thinking outside the box, these professionals work on designing new technologies to address pressing needs in various industries. They address ongoing issues and solve problems, improve existing technologies, conduct experiments, and share findings in trade and academic journals. Most possess master’s degrees in computer science or related subjects.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$93,000 $101,000 $102,000 $111,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$114,520
How to get rich:
Industry heavily determines salary outcomes. The aerospace industry pays the highest income, with commodities/financial investments, instruments manufacturing, and professional/commercial equipment following. Individuals hoping to further augment earning potential often work toward managerial roles in the field.

Physician Assistant
PAs work alongside doctors and other medical professionals to examine patients, diagnose them, and create plans of treatment. They order and review tests, provide prescriptions, educate patients and their families about options and best care practices, and monitor the patient throughout the process. They must complete a master’s level physician assistant program that includes direct patient care and receive licensure.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$89,000 $100,000 $105,000 $106,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$104,860
How to get rich:
Like other medical professions, area of practice influences salary potential. Those who specialize in areas of pathology, dermatology, emergency medicine, or critical care stand to earn higher incomes. They should also consider location: Washington, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, and Hawaii offer the highest annual median wages.

Nurse Practitioner
Working as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), these professionals oversee other nurses, coordinate care, liaise with other medical professionals, conduct or order tests, review results, administer medicine and/or treatment, and monitor patients while in their care. They must hold a master’s in nursing with clinical experience and pass a licensure exam.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$90,000 $97,000 $101,000 $105,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$103,880
How to get rich:
Experience is important, as most individuals work as RNs before moving into this advanced role. Specialties can also be a factor, as those working in particular areas (e.g. gerontology, acute care, emergency services, or neonatal) can command higher wages. NPs working in California, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Connecticut earn significantly more than the national average.

Mathematician
Individuals with master’s in mathematics enjoy diverse careers. Some work in research areas to develop new theories and concepts, while others use their knowledge to teach others about the rules and techniques of the discipline. Still others support organizations or companies in mathematical functions.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$62,000 $77,000 $85,000 $102,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$103,010
How to get rich:
Earnings for mathematicians depend mostly on two factors: level of experience and focus area. As their experience and notoriety increase (though findings, published papers, etc.), so do salaries. Those hoping to get rich often work for local governments or in research as these offer annual mean wages of ~$125,000, according to the BLS. Colleges and universities, conversely, offer salaries in the neighborhood of $60,000.

Economist
Whether working in research, academia, or for an individual company, economists study how products, resources, and services are created and distributed. They review existing data, conduct surveys, research trends, and compare all the data against current economic issues. They may present findings to clients or publish research. Most hold a master’s in economics, though some possess a doctorate.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$63,000 $89,000 $102,000 $119,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$102,490
How to get rich:
Unlike other positions, location plays only a minor role in income potential. Industry, however, matters a great deal. The BLS found that individuals working in legal services earn annual mean wages of $182,060 while those employed by state governments earned just $71,130 each year.

Nurse Midwife
Working with expecting and new mothers, nurse midwifes coordinate the care for both the mother and child before, during, and after delivery. They liaise with other medical professionals, monitor vital statistics, create birthing plans, and support the patient and their families along the way. They must hold a master’s in nursing, specific experience in midwifery, and licensure.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$87,000 $95,000 $92,000 $108,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$100,590
How to get rich:
While certification isn’t required, it can help boost earnings in this career. Location also affects income: California, West Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Wisconsin offer the highest annual mean wages.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
For those who don’t want to complete a doctoral degree, industrial-organizational psychology roles allow them to use their skills and knowledge, earn high salaries, and avoid additional education and potential student loans. These professionals work with companies either as an employee or consultant to improve employee and production outcomes, develop policies, review HR practices, and train senior-level workers. They must hold a master’s degree in psychology.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$64,000 $91,000 $112,000 $131,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$87,100
How to get rich:
As evidenced by the above table, experience plays a critical role in earnings as those with more years of work under their belts can command higher wages. Industry can also serve as a determining factor: those working in scientific research and development earned annual mean wages of $119,690 according to the BLS, while those employed by state governments or higher education institutions earned just under $68,000.

Education Administrator
These professionals, also known as principals, oversee elementary, middle, and high schools by providing leadership for teachers and administrative staff. They set budgets, liaise with the school board, oversee disciplinary measures, meet with parents, develop and monitor curricular standards, and create professional development opportunities. They often hold master’s degrees in education administration.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$51,000 $61,000 $73,000 $80,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$94,390
How to get rich:
Experience counts towards salary a great deal as principals gain additional knowledge and oversee larger schools. Location also plays a critical role. The BLS found that educational administrators in North Carolina earn annual mean wages of $65,510, while those in Connecticut bring home $128,690 each year.

High-Paying Careers That Require a Doctorate or Professional Degree
Anesthesiologist
These medical professionals administer local and general anesthesia to patients undergoing routine and major surgeries. They work in concert with doctors to ascertain the amount of medicine needed and monitor patients throughout. Anesthesiologists must possess an advanced medical degree and complete internships and residencies to receive licensure.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$244,000 $286,000 $300,000 $313,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
In excess of $208,000 annually
How to get rich:
Starting salaries for anesthesiologists are far higher than national averages, but individuals can take additional steps to boost salaries. Examples include specializing in areas such as neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, or pediatric anesthesia. They can also work in one of the highest paying states, which currently include West Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Nebraska.

Orthodontist
Orthodontists focus their dental care in treating issues requiring braces or other devices to help straighten teeth and maintain overall dental health. They monitor progress, make adjustments as needed, and create long-term plans of care to maintain changes after removing the braces. In addition to completing postgraduate work at a dental school, orthodontists must undertake a residency lasting two to four years and gain licensure.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$152,000 $189,000 $189,000 $200,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
In excess of $208,000 annually
How to get rich:
Orthodontists may choose to further specialize their work in areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery or work with specific populations (e.g. children, patients with dental-facial challenges). States currently offering the highest annual median wages include Washington, Virginia, Nebraska, Alabama, and Arizona.

Judge/Magistrate
Working in a variety of court settings, judges hear cases, weigh arguments and evidence presented, maintain procedures, and reach verdicts based on information available and the existing laws. They may work at the local, state, or federal level. All judges must obtain a Juris Doctor and the vast majority possess experience clerking and/or working as a lawyer.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$49,000 $59,000 $98,000 $94,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$133,840
How to get rich:
Numerous factors affect a judge’s annual salary. Those working in the federal government make significantly more than judges at the state or local level. Similarly, those in specific states earn far more than others. According to the BLS, Hawaii, for instance, pays annual mean wages of $190,950 – well above the national average.

Pharmacist
Pharmacists take prescriptions given to patients by doctors and provide approved medications. They review instructions with individuals, ensure no interactions with other drugs the patient is taking, handle insurance forms, and manage pharmacy technicians working under them. They must hold a doctor of pharmacy degree and a license to practice.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$109,000 $118,000 $120,000 $121,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$124,170
How to get rich:
Unlike other positions in this ranking, experience and industry area don’t matter as much for pharmacists in terms of salary potential. The biggest difference seems to be location. While those in places such as Alaska, California, Vermont, and Wisconsin earn between $130,000-$140,000 annually, pharmacists in Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, and Oklahoma earn annual mean wages of ~$117,000, notes the BLS.

Lawyer
Lawyers work with individual clients, as in-house counsel for corporations, and on-staff at government agencies. They argue cases before courts, research and provide legal advice based on established laws and precedents, file legal documents, and work with other lawyers when preparing a case. They must hold a Juris Doctor and pass their state’s bar exam.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$70,000 $98,000 $119,000 $139,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$119,250
How to get rich:
Lawyers earn more money as they move up in their careers, starting as associates and eventually becoming partners if working in a firm. Others seek their fortunes working as lobbyists, which tends to be lucrative. The BLS found that those working in air transportation, mining support activities, cable/subscription programing, pipeline for crude oil, and computer manufacturing earn in excess of $200,000 annually.

Physicist
Physicists study the interactions of matter and energy in order to develop further understanding of the natural world. They may use this knowledge in the classroom to teach others, in the laboratory to conduct experiments, or for scientific organizations to analyze data. They most often possess a doctoral degree in physics.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$72,000 $89,000 $114,000 $135,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$118,830
How to get rich:
Experience matters significantly for physicists as they work their way up the ranks and take on more senior-level roles. Industry also plays a part: those working in outpatient care centers earn nearly $180,000 annually while those employed by higher education institutions make just over $80,000, according to the BLS.

Optometrist
These medical professionals help improve eyesight issues affecting their patients, diagnose diseases and injuries, prescribe sight-improving aids such as glasses and contacts, create treatment plans, and provide guidance on proper eye health and care. They must complete a doctor of optometry degree and receive state licensure.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$99,000 $108,000 $112,000 $118,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$110,300
How to get rich:
More so than factors such as industry or experience, location matters greatly in terms of income potential. BLS researchers found that optometrists in Connecticut earn $192,870 annually while those in Indiana earn $85,950. Specialists focused on advanced care in areas of glaucoma, macular degeneration, brain injuries, and neuro-optometric issues also stand to earn more.

Astronomer
With a focus on studying the universe beyond earth, astronomers seek to learn more about the planets, stars, and other objects within the solar system. In addition to observing the universe through telescopes, they also work with other space professionals to develop tools and vehicles that explore planets and expand their understanding. They must possess a Ph.D. in astronomy.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$97,000 $82,000 $87,000 $120,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$100,590
How to get rich:
Individuals in this role looking to increase their income should carefully consider the industry they work in. BLS data shows that the federal executive branch, which includes NASA, offers annual mean wages of $138,440, while higher education provides salaries in the neighborhood of $85,000.

Engineering Professor
With their extensive knowledge of both the practical and theoretical aspects of engineering, professors in this field teach students at all degree levels and prepare them to work in the field. They typically concentrate their knowledge in a particular area (e.g. electrical, computer, or nuclear). Professors often continue their research and contribute to academic journals or write books. They must possess a doctoral degree in the majority of cases.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$60,000 $71,000 $86,000 $99,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$98,360
How to get rich:
Those preparing for positions as engineering professors should consider three factors when trying to get rich: experience, location, and specialization. Newly minted professors make far less than seasoned ones, while certain locales – such as Washington D.C., California, and Massachusetts – pay more than other states. Lastly, some focus areas (e.g. mechanical, industrial, agricultural) offer higher salaries.

Biochemist/Biophysicist
Whether focusing their efforts on chemistry or physics, scientists in these lines of work conduct research in labs, perform tests to learn new findings, oversee the work of laboratory technicians, confer with other scientists and clients about their findings, and write papers. Some may work in academia as well. They frequently need to possess a Ph.D. in biochemistry or biophysics for the most lucrative roles.

Salary Per Years of Experience
0-5 Years 5-10 Years 10-20 Years 20+ Years
$75,000 $85,000 $91,000 $102,000
2017 Median Annual Salary
$91,190
How to get rich:
Biophysicists and biochemists can choose from many different avenues of work, some offering higher pay than others. The BLS notes that those working in commercial equipment and supplies development earn annual mean wages of $170,360, while those who opt to work in medical and diagnostic labs earn $77,720.


Other Ways to Get Rich
Pursue an advanced degree
According to data from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, those with bachelor’s degrees received lifetime earnings of $2.3 million while those with a master’s degree averaged $2.7 million. Those with doctorates (excluding professional degrees), meanwhile, earned $3.3 million. Undertaking another degree could be your ticket to higher earnings.

Get certified
In many industries, certificates can help individuals specialize their knowledge in a subfield, stand out from the competition, and confirm their expertise to existing and new employers. Most certificates can be finished in less than two years of study and often result in the ability to command higher salaries after completion.

Learn a new skill
No matter the industry or area of work, individuals don’t necessarily need to complete a full degree or even a certificate program to increase their earning potential. If you’re looking to gain a new skill, look at the schedules for local universities and community colleges. You can take a few classes in-person or online to boost your value while still keeping your current job.

Seek a promotion
Even without gaining a degree or certificate, individuals working hard in their jobs frequently receive promotions after a few years of hard work and demonstrated achievements. If you haven’t been promoted recently, sit down with your supervisor and have a frank but respectful conversation about your next steps in the company and what you can do to set yourself up for a raise in the upcoming quarter.

Find a side hustle
If you’ve exhausted income boosting ideas at your current job, consider picking up a side hustle to add to your wages. You may decide to teach a local class at your gym or community center, nanny on nights/weekends, find freelance clients for tasks such as writing or virtual assisting, or create objects and sell them on websites such as Etsy.

Invest
If you’re able to save money with no clear spending purpose, consider investing it. Depending on your investment plan, how long you plan to use the money for that purpose, and how the market behaves during that time frame, you can increase your wealth via the return on investment.



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Imran’s Answer

You can be a top earner in any industry, it just depends on your passion and interest.

Some examples

Anesthesiologist. #1 in Best Paying Jobs. ...
Surgeon. #2 in Best Paying Jobs. ...
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. #3 in Best Paying Jobs. ...
Obstetrician and Gynecologist. #4 in Best Paying Jobs. ...
Orthodontist. #5 in Best Paying Jobs. ...
Psychiatrist. #6 in Best Paying Jobs. ...
Physician. #7 in Best Paying Jobs. ...
Prosthodontist. #8 in Best Paying Jobs.
IT is good option as well
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Again these are just examples , please follow your passsion and skill , money will follow

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Jackie’s Answer

There are many options for jobs that have a high paying salary:
Doctors
Lawyers
Software Engineering
Dentist
Physicians Assistant
etc.,

It all depends on the field that is picked as well. For example an Anesthesiologist makes more than a Radiologist. Also, the further you go into your academic career the more knowledgeable you will be and be able to enhance your skills and make even more money.

Skill is a major factor in these fields, however, hard work and determination can definitely get you there if you work hard enough

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Harish’s Answer

Once you develop and attain the expertise in your field of interest you can easily scale your pay and get a handful of amount in whichever domain you are working. Focus more on learning and nurturing your talent, skills and expertise in whichever field you are interested.

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Milton’s Answer

The answer depends on who it makes you feel. If you are stressed out in your high dollar making role yet you are not happy because of work related stress then the income is not worth it. You should look for an industry that makes you happy in the work you do and not be stressed out. Stress can lead to health issues later in life so you should find something that is rewarding for you.

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Vineeta’s Answer

If this question is about paid jobs, below are few approximated numbers found on different sites talking about high salaries in India

1. Management professionals.
Management professionals are the soul of any organisation. Their role is to manage a particular set of tasks for the organisation. This involves a lot of hard work at the entry level.
Entry level – Rs 3,00,000
Mid-Career- Rs 25,00,000
Experienced- Rs 80,00,000

2. Investment Bankers
Investment bankers raise capital for the company and give financial advice. They deal only with money and are nicknamed “Money Man”.
Entry level – Rs 12,00,000
Mid-Career – Rs 30,00,000
Experienced – Rs 50,00,000+

3. Chartered Accountants
Chartered Accountants need to hold command over Business and Accountancy. They have to be extraordinarily well-groomed. This is one of the most respected jobs in India.
Entry level – Rs 5,50,000
Mid-Career – Rs 12,80,000
Experienced – Rs 25,70,000

4. Oil and Natural gas professionals
This is one sector that makes huge profits. Some of the best-known professions in this sector include geologists, marine engineers, etc.
Experienced – Rs 15-20 lakhs with all other perks.

5. Business Analysts
With growing competition among businesses in India, Business Analysts are vital for any organisation to analyse the competition in the market. For this field, companies prefer individuals with high IQs and logical minds.
Approximate income- More than 6 lakhs per annum at the beginning level

6. Medical Professional
There is never any recession in the medical field. This profession promises a steady career growth with minimal hindrances to the salary.
Average pay:
General practice- Rs 4,80,000
General Surgeon- Rs 8,10,000
Medical doctor- Rs 17,00,000

7. Aviation professionals
The sky is the limit for professionals working in this sector. Salaries for aviation professionals fly as high as 20 lakhs.
Average income:
Commercial Pilot- Rs 20,00,000
Helicopter pilot- Rs 18,00,000
Aircraft maintenance engineer- Rs 9,80,000

8. Law professionals
Famous lawyers have denied the post of judges in courts just to hang on to their incomes as lawyers. Lawyers require high levels of education, patience and communicative skills. Top notch lawyers can demand high packages for a single argument.
Average Salary:
Corporate lawyer- 6,10,000
Senior attorney- 9,50,000

9. Marketing
Marketing is an art. If one learns the arts, he/she can join the list of top-notch professionals in India. A professional with in-depth knowledge of marketing can become the CEO of a company.
Average salary:
Entry level- Rs 1,50,000
Mid career- Rs 5,00,000
Experienced- Rs 10,00,000+

10. IT professionals
This is one evergreen profession which pays really well. One has to be very good with computers and computer language. These professionals work around designing, implementation and management of the system.
Average Salary:
Entry level- Rs 3,50,000
Mid Career- Rs 8,30,000
Experienced- Rs 15,50,000

11. Relationship therapists
In the West, this is quite a regular profession.
However in India this job is a new career choice. While earlier it was an extension of psychologists, of late, it has become a profession itself. The main purpose of the job is to suggest people with bitter relationships, how to begin a married life and allied stuff.
Minimum Qualification: Graduate
Salary range: Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh a month

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Xavier’s Answer

Sales is the highest paid job. Of course that varies depending on the field you're in, but if you can sale, there's almost no cap to how much money you can make. First thing you need to learn is how to sell yourself. Learn how to make people believe in who you are and what you stand for.

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Emily’s Answer

actuarial science. business professional who deals with the measurement and management of risk and uncertainty

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Jon’s Answer

Kakwi,

I have a feeling this answer is also highly dependent upon what industries are more prevalent in Cameroon, or wherever you choose to live and work, if somewhere else. As others have already mentioned, you can be a high earner in many fields. If you want to make lots of money fast, you will often find yourself in a career which is driving your life, instead of a life being supported by your career.

I hope that helps,
Jon

Thanks a lot Jon Kakwi K.

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Mansi’s Answer

The highest-paying job where a person needs highest of the degrees as well
Dentist.
Pharmacist.
Enterprise architect.
Corporate counsel.
Software engineer.
Physician assistant.
Corporate controller.
Criminal lawyer
Software development manager.

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Mansi’s Answer

The highest-paying job where a person needs highest of the degrees as well
Dentist.
Pharmacist.
Enterprise architect.
Corporate counsel.
Software engineer.
Physician assistant.
Corporate controller.
Criminal lawyer
Software development manager.

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David’s Answer

The highest paying job is what you did to earn this pay such as you can chose a profession earn the profession average or top earning and there you have the highest paying job. Not everyone is can earn the high paying job if they don't work for it. Plus you can be an entrepreneur and earn the high pay but what are you doing to be a entrepreneur, do you have something were you can make money or get you the pay. A lot of people go through college to earn a degree so they can work for company or a profession they are passionate about and they see their earning there is their highest pay. Some people us the business methods which is like playing in the stock market and earn their high pay from there. Doctor, Lawyer, Pharmacist, Nurse, and more, all have their own highest pay. So you identify what you want and see what is the highest pay you can get.

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Linda’s Answer

You can be a top earner in any industry, it just depends on your work ethic, self-discipline, and motivation.

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Sonia D.’s Answer

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Below are current number for 2020 of the top 10 jobs.
Job Median Salary Projected Jobs
Software Developer $103,620 241,500
Denist $151,850 10,400
Physician Assistant $108,610 37,000
Orthodontist $208,000 500
Nurse Practitioner $107,030 53,300
Statistician $87,780 13,600
Physician $194,500 1,600
Speech-Language Pathorlogist $77,510 41,900
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon $208,000 400
Veterianarian $93,000 15,600

Below jobs were referenced in my local news paper:

CEO water treatment company $134,000
Chief People Officer $120,000
Principal Architect $140,000
Forester $92,000
Hydrologist $108,316
Higher Education Account Executive $75,000
Battalion Chief Firefighter $244,000
Fire and Life Safety Director $105,000
YouTuber/Vending Machine Owner $144,000
Director of Administration $98,573

Keep in mind, all salaries listed are not starting salaries. Some people may reach these salaries by the age of 30 or some don't reach them until they are in their 50's. Also, most high paying professions required a college degree and higher. Other companies may offer to pay for your college degree. Most important pick a profession/job you enjoy and/or means something to you.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!
Sonia D.

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