The Highest Paying Jobs in the U.S. Right Now – guest post by Susan Rainford
If you’re either choosing your career for the first time or looking for a new one, you may be interested in to know which jobs in the United States pay the highest salaries. Most high-paying careers require years of education and specialized training, but as a result also offer long-term job security.
The highest paying jobs listed here were gathered from the 2017 data released from popular job search websites Glassdoor and LinkedIn. Glassdoor determined rankings by reviewing job data from positions with at least 100 salary reports all over the United States. LinkedIn based rankings on salary data confirmed from verified members, with a requirement of at least 50 salary reports each.
The data shows that the fastest-growing, most lucrative industries are currently healthcare and technology. However, there are also top paying jobs in the legal and science sectors as well.
Whether you are looking on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, or regional job search engines like New York Jobs, there are positions available right now for every career listed. Many companies are willing to pay big salaries for professionals with the necessary skills and credentials to handle these positions.
These are the highest paying jobs in the United States, as well as information on education requirements and what each job entails.
Although the median annual salary for the average attorney is $94,695, certain legal career paths make much more than that. Patent attorneys, or lawyers that advise inventors and manufacturers, can make annual salaries as high as $139,000. The position of senior corporate counsel, a lawyer that addresses a company’s legal needs, can bring in up to $175,000 a year.
Legal experience is necessary before obtaining a job as corporate counsel, attorneys can begin to practice after obtaining a law degree and passing a state bar exam. Patent attorneys have the additional step of registering with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and passing a patent bar exam.
Perhaps the most lucrative field in the information technology sector, enterprise architects work with companies to align business missions with strategy and technology to organize the process and ensure success. For this position, Glassdoor reports a median base salary of $112,560 a year.
There are multiple steps to becoming an enterprise architect. An individual must learn some aspect of component architecture, in the areas of business, data, application, security, or networks. One enterprise architect recommends apprenticing under someone for several years and earning a Master’s Degree in the field. Obtaining certification is also an option.
Individuals who earn PharmD degrees and state licensure, then obtain several years of experience in the pharmacy field, can eventually be promoted to pharmacy manager.
This position involves overseeing daily operations and maintaining records at a pharmacy. Those working in this job can make up to $149,064 in annual salary, and Glassdoor reports that income in this field is always increasing.
Everyone needs a general physician, or a doctor who performs physical examinations, writes prescriptions, and treats illness and injury. Individuals who become physicians can earn up $187,876 a year. This makes sense, considering all the hard work involved in becoming a physician: a bachelor’s degree, four years of medical school, earning a state license, and three to seven years of residency.
There are many different kind of physicians, and some earn more than others. A medical director, or a physician who oversees hospitals and local paramedics after obtaining certification in emergency medicine can make up to $230,000 per year.
Surgeons are doctors who perform a variety of operations on patients, and their in-demand skills earn them top salary – up to $338,000 a year. There are many different kinds of surgeons, from those who perform dental surgery to plastic surgery.
Individuals in the field require the same educational background as physicians, including residency and fellowship training. Surgeons must also undergo continuing education, as the field of medicine is constantly progressing and developing.
After training physicians finish medical school, they can choose to specialize in anesthesiology and complete an internship and residency in this field. Four years of residency training is required in order to be an anesthesiologist, and board certification is optional but preferred. A number of exams must be passed as well, in topics ranging from physiology to pharmacology.
Anesthesiologists deliver anesthesia during medical procedure,s a risky task that requires extensive training. After all that training and certification, earned income in this position can reach $350,000 a year.
Radiologists have a whopping median salary of $355,000 a year. They are responsible for analyzing results from X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and CT scans, then communicating these findings to both doctors and patients. With the typical physician background of four years of medical school, they also require four years of radiology residency training.
Because medical advances are always developing the field, radiologists must undergo continuing education throughout their career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, income in this field is expected to increase 14 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Data shows that the highest paying career in specialized medicine is in cardiology. A trained and licensed cardiologist makes a median salary of $356,000 a year. These doctors consult with patients on treating heart disease and other problems that people might experience with their hearts.
Cardiologists must attend four years of medical school, focusing on subjects such as psychology, anatomy, and pharmacology. They must undergo two years of clinical rotations, then earn three years of experience in an internal medicine residency program. Afterwards, they can attend a three year fellowship program for advanced training.
Susan Ranford is an expert on job market trends, hiring, and business management. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator for New York Jobs. In her blogging and writing, she seeks to shed light on issues related to employment, business, and finance.