Our website recently ran an article listing the 10 highest paying jobs for 2011, the first part of our two-part feature on highly profitable careers. Without further delay, here are jobs 11 through 20 on the list of highest paying jobs.
All figures are based on average salary estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2011.
A pediatrician is a doctor who treats babies, children, and teenagers. If you enjoy being around kids and think you can handle medical school, you can look forward to an annual salary of $165,720.
12. Dentist (specialty)
When we talk about specialty dentists, we’re excluding oral surgeons and orthodontists, since they are already covered in the top 10 highest paying jobs, as well as prosthodonists, who are a little bit lower on the list of highest paying jobs. There are plenty of other specialties to choose from, such as endodonics (the study of the tooth pulp), periodontology (the study of the gums), and pediatric dentistry, just to name a few.
With the exception of prosthodonists, who earn a little bit less, specialty dentists earn an average of $162,190 per year.
13. Dentist (general)
Just as specialty doctors usually make more than general practitioners, dental specialists tend to make more than regular dentists. But, you’re reading about the 20 highest paying jobs, so “less” still means $158,770 per year, making dental school a great investment.
A prosthodonist deals with the treatment of missing teeth. They work with dentures, bridges, and dental implants. One of the somewhat lower-paying dental specialties, prosthodontists still make a very respectable $139,620 per year.
This is the last unofficial, unpaid medical or dental school advertizement on the list of highest paying jobs, we promise!
Podiatrists are doctors who focus on the foot, ankle, and lower leg. As a podiatrist, you might not make quite as much as some of your fellow medical school graduates, but with an average yearly income of $133,410, we think you’ll survive!
As a lawyer, you’ll act as both an advocate and an adviser, trained in the ins and outs of the legal system.
Instead of medical school, you get to enjoy 3 years of law school, culminating in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree. This job will bring you an average salary of $129,440 per year.
17. Natural sciences manager
Unlike many of the other highest paying jobs, this one sounds a little more obscure.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, a natural sciences manager’s job is to “plan, coordinate, and direct research, design, and production activities.”
These well-educated problem solvers “determine scientific and technical goals within broad outlines provided by top executives,” such as “improving manufacturing processes, advancing scientific research, or developing new products.”
If you have both excellent technical skills and people skills, you can enter a scientific specialty field and aspire to become a natural sciences manager. Your reward will be a fresh $129,320 in the bank each year.
18. Petroleum engineer
As a petroleum engineer, you will focus on the production of crude oil and natural gas. Get ready to figure out how to extract oil from some of the most hostile environments on the planet, including desert, deep sea, and arctic areas.
But, here’s a bonus: unlike many of the highest paying jobs, you have a chance of nabbing this one with just a Bachelor’s degree!
According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce “petroleum engineering is by far the highest-earning Bachelor’s degree major with median earnings of $120,000 and 75th percentile earnings of $189,000.”
The average yearly salary for petroleum engineers comes to $127,970.
19. Architectural and engineering manager
As is the case with the natural sciences manager position, the average person isn’t too familiar with this high-paying job.
According to O*NET OnLine, a website offering descriptions of various jobs, an architectural and engineering manager has to “plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.”
Basically, as an architectural and engineering manager, you will use your technical knowledge to help organizations achieve their goals while leading other architects, engineers, and general employees.
Just like for the natural sciences manager position, you must have both exceptional technical skills and interpersonal skills for this job. You will usually need an advanced education and extensive experience as an architect or engineer. If you make it, you can expect an average annual salary of $125,900.
20. Computer and systems information manager
Is it any wonder that another of the 20 highest paying jobs is a position requiring both outstanding technical and personal skills? It’s a very profitable combination!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, a computer and systems information manager has to “plan, coordinate, and direct research on the computer-related activities of firms.” They use their knowledge to help companies determine and implement technology goals. Computer and systems information managers oversee technical aspects of a company, like software development, Internet activities, and network security.
Like the natural sciences manager and architectural and engineering manager, the computer and information systems manager is usually a professional with an advanced education and plenty of experience. That’s why this is a career that can bring you $123,280 each year.
And that wraps up the 20 highest paying jobs for 2011. As you can see, medical and dental professionals still dominate the top of the list, but there are plenty of other highly skilled positions to choose from, including one that generally only requires a Bachelor’s degree.
So, if you’ve been wondering whether a college diploma is a good investment, we hope that reading over our list of the 20 highest paying jobs has cleared that up for you!