Make $100,000 This Year!

by Kristina on April 11, 2011 · 2 comments

It’s always good to have options in our lives and our careers.  Some of us may be working in our field of study and using our Bachelor’s Degrees, Masters Degrees or Doctorates.  However, some of us may have switched our employment field from our field of study for the opportunity to earn a better income.  I was originally accepted to my University in the Department of Urban Planning.  But, after working in finance to pay for my degree, I switched my major to Economics.

According to Ask Men here are the top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in the US and the amount of time it takes to get there, according to the US Department of Labour:

The highest paying salary for a Natural Sciences Manager is just over $97,000 and takes 6 years to attain.  This job requires a Bachelors Degree along with a Masters Degree.  A Natural Sciences Manager usually works in the field of research and development for pharmaceutical, environmental and municipal organizations.  They can also be called to court hearings as an expert witness.

A Marketing Manager can earn over $100,000 per year within 4 to 6 years.  The range of duties of a Marketing Manager depends on the size of the firm and the scope of marketing efforts.  Bachelor’s Degrees are common among Marketing Managers, but an MBA will help push to earn a higher salary for executive positions.

Computer and Information Systems Managers earn their $100,000 plus in 4 to 8 years.  I remember reading somewhere that IT was one of the fields that did not suffer during the recession.  Computer and Information Systems Managers can start out as programmers or data analysts.  The interesting aspect of IT employees is that they can work for any company in any industry.  It is not like a financial planner who must work in finance, or a doctor who has to work in medicine.  The opportunities (including international) are unlimited for Computer and Information Systems Managers. Nearly ever business big and small relies on some kind of system, or has some form of company data that they maintain via computers. For this reason cyber security is also extremely important. Learn more here about getting a masters degree in cyber security online.

The $100,000 plus annual salary of an Air Traffic Controller can be earned in 9 years.  Air Traffic Controllers are very specialized and the must pass aptitude tests and register for courses uniquely with the Federal Aviation Administration.

A Lawyers salary is definitely over $110,000 with many years of school which includes the Bar Exam as well as an Internship (in many cases).  The starting salary for Junior Associates is comparable to the mid career salary of some other fields.  I have two friends who are lawyers and they have said that the range of a lawyer’s salary varies greatly.  Of course the opportunities to become judges and partners in a law firm are also available.

A Dentist can earn over $130,000.  There are 56 dental schools in the US that are accredited by the ADA.  After a Bachelors degree dental school takes 3 to 4 years to complete, or up to 5 years if a Dentist chooses to be specialized.  My Dentist is a family business, both of my Dentists sons also graduated from Dental school.

An Airline Pilot can earn over $130,000.  A four year degree is not required to be an Airline Pilot.  I have clients who are Airline Pilots and after several years of employment they are earning approximately $200,000.  I also have a client who is a scheduler for a major airline.  He handles the schedules for both Pilots and Flight Attendants, and he earns over $100,000.

An Engineer Manager earns over $140,000 per year.  They are usually the reporting manager of Natural Science Managers and Information Systems Managers.  Most Engineering Managers have Bachelor’s Degrees as well as a post graduate degree.

Chief Executive Officers can earn an unlimited salary depending on the size of the company that they work for.  However, Ask Men says the salary is over $140,000.  We all have read about the CEOs of large companies making an annual salary well into the multi millions of dollars.  A CEO does not always require a Bachelors Degree or a Masters Degree.  The title of CEO can be attained by many years of work with the same company.

Surgeons are specialized in their fields and this is why they earn the big bucks with an annual salary of close to $200,000.  I personally couldn’t be a surgeon because I can’t even watch the operation channel.

After reading this article I can see that positions in management are the highest paying jobs in the US.  I was surprised to see that positions in sales were not listed by Ask Men.  I know of many sales positions, that may or may not require a degree, where employees can earn an unlimited income based on their sales.  Medial Sales Representatives along with Financial Sales Employees can both potentially earn over $100,000.

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1 Kevin @ CreditShout April 11, 2011 at 8:17 am

Jobs in the airline industry are extremely hard to come by in the US right now – at least for those right out of school. My friend has been trying to get a job as a pilot for close to 2 years now with no luck so for the time being hes looking into becoming an air traffic controller.

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