When you are faced with the necessity of choosing a career, there are a variety of factors that you must take into consideration. For example, you ought to think about your tastes and interests, for you are going to be spending the majority of your time, day in and day out, over a period of many years doing the tasks entailed by this choice, and ideally they should be things that you enjoy (or at least, don’t hate) doing.
Also, you ought to think about your native talents, your present stock of knowledge, and your various possibilities for acquiring more knowledge and training, perhaps through enrolling in a course of study in some college or university. Not everybody is equally gifted in all fields, and where possible, it makes sense to develop your natural bents, rather than to go against the grain of your nature, background, and previous experience and education.
But let’s be honest. Earning potential is also an important factor in one’s choice of a career. Therrefore, it is important to know what folks in various careers may be expected to earn, on average.
Following is a list of the 20 top-earning careers in the U.S. today, by broad category and approximate annual salary, compiled from data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This information has been synthesized from a much more fine-grained list of the top 300 careers. For the full list, go here.
1. Surgeons: $220,000
2. Orthodontists: $206,000
3. General Practitioners: $169,000
4. CEO’s: $167,000
5. Dentists: $155,000
6. Lawyers: $130,000
7. Science & Engineering Managers: $125,000
8. Computer & Information Managers: $121,000
9. Marketing Managers: $120,000
10. Petroleum Engineers: $120,000
11. Airline Pilots: $117,000
12. Financial Managers: $114,000
13. CFOs: $114,000
14. Sales Managers: $112,000
15. Physicists: $111,000
16. General & Operations Managers: $111,000
17. Law Professors: $109,000
18. Air Traffic Controllers: $107,000
19. Optometrists: $107,000
20. Pharmacists: $107,000