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Career Hunting 101: Top 10 Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S

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They say, “Money makes the world go round.” We neglected this adage before because it goes against the morality of being selfless. However, in our economy’s situation today, who wouldn’t agree to this saying? Still, money should not be the basis for satisfaction. But, if you’re looking for a job that will guarantee you and your family’s future, you’re in the right place. Here are the 2015 highest paying jobs in the U.S. today:

(Note: These professions require years of training and spending; but in the long run, it will pay off.)

10. Pharmacist

Annual Average Salary: $116,670
Years of Training: 4
To become a pharmacist, you have to begin with a 4-year pharmacy program where you will be completing two years of undergraduate course. Then you must pass the pharmacy college admission test (PCAT).

9. Aircraft Engineer/Pilot

Annual Average Salary: $131,760
Years of Training: 6 Years+
Aircraft Engineers and Pilots enjoy a lot of benefits such as, free travel (obviously) and an awesome uniform. However, this profession requires a bachelor’s degree in an Aviation-related course, numerous hours of pilot-in-command experience, specialized training, and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.

8. Lawyer

Annual Average Salary: $133,470
Years of Training: 7 years
If you’re a fast-thinker with flair for logical reasoning and problem-solving, then you have the makings of a lawyer. This job requires a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a passing grade in the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Last step is to pass the Bar Exams.

7. Computer and Information Technology Manager

Annual Average Salary: $136,380
Years of Training: 4 years+
In today’s modernized world, what company doesn’t need an IT manager? They don’t only handle IT support staff, but test and implement IT strategies too. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or Computer Science, and years of experience in the IT support field.

6. Natural Sciences Manager

Annual Average Salary: $136,450
Years of Training: 4 years+
A Natural Sciences Manager assists scientists, and divides their time between lab and office work. Those in the insurance and aerospace industry earn higher than those in government organizations and educational institutes. This profession needs a bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, followed by years of lab work.

5. Marketing Manager

Annual Average Salary: $137, 400
Years of Training: 4 years+
Marketing Managers work in various industries. But, those in the oil and gas extraction field get the highest pay; next to financial services that is. This career demands a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, years of experience in public relation, and a captivating portfolio that could help boost you to a managerial position.

4. Architectural Engineer

Annual Average Salary: $137,400
Years of Training: 4 years+
Architectural and Engineering Managers get impressive compensation in vast fields; primarily in the oil and gas industry. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Architecture, and a wide experience working in related industries. California, Alaska, and Texas houses the top-paid workers of said position.

3. Psychiatrist

Annual Average Salary: $178,950
Years of Training: 6 Years+
Psychiatrists work in various institutions including, hospitals, government offices, mental health clinics, private practices, and research-based universities to assess and treat mental illness. This occupation demands a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, passing the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and the completion of MD or Doctorate program.

2. Dentist/ Orthodontist

Annual Average Salary: $201,030
Years of Training: 6 years
Despite the fact that Orthodontists get higher annual wage than Dentists ($170,940), they are rare in the U.S. — except in California, which has the highest number of Orthodontists in the country. To become an Orthodontist, you need to complete the undergraduate requirements in a dental school, pass a Dental Admission Test (DAT), finish post-graduate orthodontics program, and earn board certification to have a license.

1. Doctors and Surgeons

Annual Average Salary: $234,950
Years of Training: 11 years+
Among all medical professionals, Anesthesiologists get the highest pay with an annual mean wage of $246,320. Surgeons ($240,440), obstetricians, gynecologists ($214,750), and general and family medicine ($186,320) all comes next. Pediatricians, on the other hand get the lowest ($175,400). This position requires time, and (a lot of) money, a bachelor’s degree, medical school degree, and residency between 3-8 years.

Looking to make a lot of money? Here are the jobs you should seriously consider. However, landing your dream job starts with a finely-constructed resume. You might like to check out a sample resume to help you stand out!

Source: Askmen.com, Learnhowtobecome.org, Forbes.com, Careercast.com, Excite.com, Learn.org, Study.com