Top 100 Careers for 2017

Top 100 Careers: Part 2

45 Fastest Growing Careers

job-increase-600Do you want to choose a career where your chances of getting a job are high?

If so, pay special attention to careers with a high growth rate. A high growth rate indicates that there will be more jobs in the future than there are now. And that’s only a good thing.

We compiled a list of the top 45 fastest growing jobs in this article. The job growth rate was used to indicate growth in these fields. The growth rate is the projected percent change in employment from 2014 to 2024.

This list of fast growing jobs is limited to occupations with a growth rate of over 20%. Twenty-percent is nearly three times the average growth rate for all occupations. According to the BLS.gov, the average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.

In addition to the expected growth rate, the list also includes the median salary, the number of jobs in that particular profession in 2014, and the expected number of jobs in 2024.  The data was collected from the BLS.gov.

When reviewing these fast growing careers, we found that over 55% of these jobs are in the healthcare industry. Healthcare is growing in part due to the increase in the aging baby boomer population.

Interestingly, over 64% of the jobs on this fast growing career list pay over $50K a year. The highest paying jobs on the list are anesthesiologists ($443k) and surgeons ($395k) which both earn very high 6-figure incomes. Most of the jobs are in the $50k to $80k a year range.

Read on to check-out the list of the 45 fastest growing careers!

1. Wind Turbine Technicians

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 108%
  • Median Salary (2015): $51,050 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 4,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 4,800

Reasons for the Increase: Wind turbine technicians will see the highest job growth through 2024 because wind electricity generation is expected to grow. Specialized technicians will be hired to help with the installation and repair of new turbines.

2. Occupational Therapist Assistants

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 43%
  • Median Salary (2015): $57,870 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 33,000
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 14,100

Reasons for the Increase: Part of the reason for high job growth in the field of occupational therapy is due to the fact that healthcare providers will be employing more assistants to lower the cost of offering occupational therapy services.  In addition, the demand is likely to grow due to an increase in the elderly population.

3. Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 41%
  • Median Salary (2015): $55,170 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 78,700
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 31,900

Reasons for the Increase: Jobs as physical therapist assistants are expected to grow through at least 2024 due to the aging baby boomer population. In addition, assistants help lower the costs of physical therapy services and are therefore in demand.

4. Physical Therapist Aides

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 39%
  • Median Salary (2015): $25,120 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 50,000
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 19,500

Reasons for the Increase: Physical therapist aides can expect to see a higher than average job outlook at least through 2024. This is due to two major reasons; the aging population and the reduction of costs in physical therapy services by using physical therapy aides.

5. Home Health Aides

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 38%
  • Median Salary (2015): $21,920 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 913,500
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 348,400

Reasons for the Increase: Like many of the healthcare careers, home health aides will see a much faster than average increase in employment due to the growth of the elderly population. Home health aides are an alternative to more expensive nursing homes and hospitals.

6. Nurse Practitioners

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 35%
  • Median Salary (2015): $98,190 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 126,900
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 44,700

Reasons for the Increase: Advanced practice registered nurses or nurse practitioner can perform many of the same services as physicians at a less expensive rate for the healthcare operation. In addition, nurse practitioner are expected to see much higher than average job growth due to the aging baby boomer population.

7. Physical Therapists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 34%
  • Median Salary (2015): $84,020 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 210,900
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 71,800

Reasons for the Increase: Employment for physical therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations due to the aging population.

8. Statisticians

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 34%
  • Median Salary (2015): $80,110 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 30,000
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 10,100

Reasons for the Increase: Employment of statisticians is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the average occupation. The growth is expected due to an increase in statistical analysis used to help inform policy, business, and healthcare decisions.

9. Occupational Therapist Aides

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 31%
  • Median Salary (2015): $27,800 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 8,800
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 2,700

Reasons for the Increase: Occupational therapy aide job openings will continue to increase through 2024 due in part to the increase in the aging population. In addition, healthcare provides like therapy centers will hire more aides to help lower the cost of their services.

10. Physician Assistants

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 30%
  • Median Salary (2015): $98,180 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 94,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 28,700

Reasons for the Increase: Physician assistants are expected to see higher than average job growth in part because they can perform many of the same services as physicians at a less expensive rate. An additional reason is the increase in the elderly population.

11. Operations Research Analysts

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 30%
  • Median Salary (2015): $78,630 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 91,300
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 27,600

Reasons for the Increase: The increase in job growth for operations research analysts is due to technological advances allowing companies to use data in a valuable way. Operations research analysts will be needed to help businesses make better decisions.

12. Personal Financial Advisors

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 30%
  • Median Salary (2015): $89,160 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 249,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 73,900

Reasons for the Increase: The aging baby boomer population is the biggest driving force behind the increase in growth for financial advisers. Job seekers with the right certifications will have the best prospects in this field.

13. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 29%
  • Median Salary (2015): $61,880 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 12,300
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 3,600

Reasons for the Increase: Although this is a small occupation, job prospects should be good for cartographers and photogrammetrists due to the increasing use of maps for government planning.

14. Genetic Counselors

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 29%
  • Median Salary (2015): $72,090 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 2,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 700

Reasons for the Increase: While employment of genetic counselors is high, it is a small occupation. New developments in lab tests and genetic testing will result in the growth.

15. Interpreters and Translators

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 29%
  • Median Salary (2015): $44,190 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 61,000
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 17,500

Reasons for the Increase: Employment growth for interpreters and translators is expected to be high due to the increase in globalization and diversity in the U.S. population.

16. Audiologists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 29%
  • Median Salary (2015): $74,890 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 13,200
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 3,800

Reasons for the Increase: Although an increase in the number of audiologists is expected, it’s a small occupation. The increase is due to the aging baby-boomer population in addition to the early identification of hearing disorders in infants.

17. Optometrists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 27%
  • Median Salary (2015): $103,900 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 40,600
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 11,000

Reasons for the Increase: Since vision problems typically develop later in life, the aging population is expected to result in the need for more optometrists. That, plus the increase in diabetes are expected to cause a high job growth rate for optometrists over at least the next 10 years.

18. Web Developers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 27%
  • Median Salary (2015): $64,970 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 148,500
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 39,500

Reasons for the Increase: The expansion of eCommerce will cause the growth for web developers well into 2024.  The explosion of mobile devices will result in more work.

19. Forensic Science Technicians

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 27%
  • Median Salary (2015): $56,320 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 14,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 3,800

Reasons for the Increase: Employment for forensic science technicians is expected to grow due to scientific and technological advances. Forensic evidence is expected to provide greater value in trials.

20. Occupational Therapists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 27%
  • Median Salary (2015): $80,150 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 114,600
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 30,400

Reasons for the Increase: Occupational therapy is an important treatment for many people with autism, cerebral palsy, and many other illnesses and disabilities as well as the aging population. Therefore, the job outlook for occupational therapists is high.

21. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 24%
  • Median Salary (2015): $63,630 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 112,700
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 27,600

Reasons for the Increase: The need for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase due to advances in imaging technologies and the aging population.

22. Personal Care Aides

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 26%
  • Median Salary (2015): $20,980 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 1,768,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 458,100

Reasons for the Increase: Employment of personal care aides is expected to grow due to the aging population and the lower cost for an aide as opposed to a nursing home.

23. Phlebotomists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 25%
  • Median Salary (2015): $31,630 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 112,700
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 28,100

Reasons for the Increase: Job openings for phlebotomists are expected to increase through at least 2024 due to the need for blood tests and blood work related services.

24. Nurse Midwives

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 25%
  • Median Salary (2015): $92,510 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 5,300
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 1,300

Reasons for the Increase: Growth for nurse midwives will occur due to an emphasis on preventive care and the growing population.

25. Solar Photovoltaic Installers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 24%
  • Median Salary (2015): $37,830 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 5,900
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 1,400

Reasons for the Increase: Job openings for solar photovoltaic installers are expected to be on the rise due to the expansion of solar energy and the popularity of solar leasing plans.

26. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 24%
  • Median Salary (2015): $31,980 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 241,200
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 58,500

Reasons for the Increase: Demand for EMT’s and paramedics is expected to grow at least through 2024 due to the increase in the aging population as well as an increase in the number of specialized medical facilities.

27. Opticians, Dispensing

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 24%
  • Median Salary (2015): $34,840 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 75,200
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 17,800

Reasons for the Increase: The increase in the number of people with diabetes and the growing baby boomer population will increase the demand for opticians and dispensing opticians.

28. Medical Assistants

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 23%
  • Median Salary (2015): $30,590 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 591,300
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 138,900

Reasons for the Increase: Like many other healthcare careers, the increase in employment of medical assistants is primarily due to the growing baby boomer population.

29. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 23%
  • Median Salary (2015): $48,010 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 18,700
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 23,100

Reasons for the Increase: The job outlook for reinforcing iron and rebar workers is expected to grow 23% through 2024 which is much faster than the average occupation. The reason for this growth is that many highways and bridges will need to be maintained or replaced and through legislative funding.

30. Biomedical Engineers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 23%
  • Median Salary (2015): $86,220 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 22,100
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 5,100

Reasons for the Increase: Employment of biomedical engineers is expected to increase due to growing technology that can be applied to biomedical advances like Smartphone technology and 3-D printing. In addition, the growing baby boomer generation will increase the need for certain procedures.

31. Orthotists and Prosthetists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 23%
  • Median Salary (2015): $64,430 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 8,300
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 1,900

Reasons for the Increase: Orthotists and prosthetists will likely see more demand due in part to advances in technology. In addition, the aging baby-boom population will create more need for these professionals.

32. Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 22%
  • Median Salary (2015): $29,320 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 23,500
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 5,300

Reasons for the Increase: Employment of construction laborers is sensitive to economic changes. However, brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters are expected to increase due to the construction of new homes, schools, and other buildings.

33. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 22%
  • Median Salary (2015): $39,980 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 94,900
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 21,200

Reasons for the Increase: Demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is on the rise due to counseling services being increasingly covered by health insurance. In addition, more states are seeking counseling rather than jail time for drug offenders.

34. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 22%
  • Median Salary (2015): $54,880 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 52,000
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 11,500

Reasons for the Increase: Employment for cardiovascular techs is expected to increase due to advances in imaging technology and the growing baby boomer population.

35. Law Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 22%
  • Median Salary (2015): $105,250 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 21,100
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 4,600

Reasons for the Increase: The increase in postsecondary law teachers in due in part to the increase in enrollments at postsecondary institutes. Many additional postsecondary law teachers are expected to be needed to help education new lawyers and attorneys for the future.

36. Massage Therapists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 22%
  • Median Salary (2015): $38,040 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 168,800
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 36,500

Reasons for the Increase: Demand for massage therapy services due to more healthcare providers understanding the benefits of massage will result in the increase in employment for massage therapists.

37. Mathematicians

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $111,110 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 3,500
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 700

Reasons for the Increase: Employment for mathematicians is expected to increase by 21% through 2024, however, this occupation is small. Therefore, mathematicians with the best backgrounds will have the best job prospects. The increase will be due to an increase in the amount of digitally stored data. Mathematicians will be needed to analyze the data collected to help companies improve their businesses.

38. Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $58,770 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 17,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 3,700

Reasons for the Increase: The increasing demand in postsecondary criminal justice and law enforcement teachers is mostly due to the increase in enrollments at postsecondary institutes. New teachers with a background in criminal justice and law enforcement will be needed to help train people in these fields.

39. Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $73,410 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 135,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 28,900

Reasons for the Increase: Speech-language pathologists will likely see more demand through 2024 because there will be more need for these professional as the baby-boom population grows older. In addition, an increase in awareness of speech and language disorders in younger children will contribute.

40. Athletic Trainers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $44,670 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 25,400
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 5,400

Reasons for the Increase: Sports-related injuries, especially at a young age, will result in the increase in need for athletic trainers.  Additionally, advances in treatments in injury prevention and it’s identification are expected to increase the need for athletic trainers.

41. Anesthesiologists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $443,859 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014):  33,700
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 7,100

Reasons for the Increase: Anesthesiologists will likely see more demand through at least 2024 due to the growth in the aging population resulting in the need for more surgeries and procedures requiring anesthesia.

42. Computer Systems Analysts

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $85,800 per year
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 567,800
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 118,600

Reasons for the Increase: Business organizations are increasing their dependence on information technology which will result in the hiring of more computer systems analysts to design and install new computer systems.

43. Medical Secretaries

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $33,040
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 527,600
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 108,200

Reasons for the Increase: Medical secretaries will likely see more demand because due to the growth of the healthcare industry. This growth is expected due to the growing aging population as well as the increase in individuals with health insurance.

44. Surgeons

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 20%
  • Median Salary (2015): $395,456
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 46,000
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 9,100

Reasons for the Increase: Employment for surgeons is expected to increase due to the growing and aging population which will require more surgical procedures.  However, growth in this field will be tempered due to new technologies that may lead to less invasive procedures.

45. Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): 20%
  • Median Salary (2015): $70,580
  • Number of Jobs (2014): 155,300
  • # of New Jobs Added (through 2024): 30,500

Reasons for the Increase: Higher need for psychological counseling in hospitals, mental health centers, and schools will drive growth for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists. The increase in awareness between mental health and learning will increase the need in schools.

That’s a wrap on the list of the fastest growing careers!

We hope you found this list helpful.

Remember, things change, but these statistics can guide you in finding a job with a high job outlook. This may make your professional life much easier as opposed to getting into a job where growth rates are in decline.

30 Slowest Growing Jobs

job-decrease-600If you’re looking for a slam dunk of a career where finding your first job and new jobs after that come easy, then you may want to reconsider beginning a career in any of the professions on this list of slowest growing jobs.

Each of these careers has a job growth rate less than 10% which means that between 2014 and 2024, the number of jobs in that career will decrease by at least 10% according to the BLS.gov. Ten percent was the minimum chosen, but some of the jobs on this list have growth rates in the negative 20+ percentage range. The lowest is actually under negative 40%!

If you look through the list you’ll see several postal service jobs.  These jobs are experiencing a massive decline due to the increase in electronic mail and other forms of communication.

If you are passionate about one of these occupations, then don’t let the decline turn you away, just realize you probably need to gain the right education and background in order to help ensure you can get a job in the field.

Take a look at the list below:

1. Roof Bolters, Mining

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -11%
  • Median Salary (2015): $55,500

2. Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -11%
  • Median Salary (2015): $24,620

3. Statistical Assistants

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -11%
  • Median Salary (2015): $44,220

4. Announcers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -11%
  • Median Salary (2015): $30,080

5. Insurance Underwriters

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -11%
  • Median Salary (2015): $65,040

6. Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -12%
  • Median Salary (2015): $69,090

7. Travel Agents

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -12%
  • Median Salary (2015): $35,660

8. Mathematical Technicians

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -13%
  • Median Salary (2015): $53,630

9. Broadcast News Analysts

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -13%
  • Median Salary (2015): $89,240

10. Radio and Television Announcers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -14%
  • Median Salary (2015): $46,410

11. Correspondence Clerks

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -15%
  • Median Salary (2015): $36,340

12. Cooks, Fast Food

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -15%
  • Median Salary (2015): $19,610

13. Word Processors and Typists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -16%
  • Median Salary (2015): $38,710

14. Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -17%
  • Median Salary (2015): $30,980

15. Fallers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -17%
  • Median Salary (2015): $41,750

16. Meter Readers, Utilities

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -18%
  • Median Salary (2015): $40,900

17. Motion Picture Projectionists

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -18%
  • Median Salary (2015): $24,540

18. Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -19%
  • Median Salary (2015): $29,930

19. Computer Operators

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -19%
  • Median Salary (2015): $42,140

20. Respiratory Therapy Technicians

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $49,720

21. Parking Enforcement Workers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $38,280

22. Desktop Publishers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -21%
  • Median Salary (2015): $39,840

23. Postmasters and Mail Superintendents

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -26%
  • Median Salary (2015): $70,540

24. Postal Service Clerks

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -26%
  • Median Salary (2015): $49,090

25. Postal Service Mail Carriers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -28%
  • Median Salary (2015): $51,130

26. Postal Service Workers

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -28%
  • Median Salary (2015): $56,790

27. Communications Equipment Operators

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -33%
  • Median Salary (2015): $41,990

28. Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -33%
  • Median Salary (2015): $28,990

29. Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -40%
  • Median Salary (2015): $50,650

30. Telephone Operators

  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2024): -42%
  • Median Salary (2015): $40,820

That’s the 30 slowest growing careers.

Remember, many of these careers are on a decline due to trends in communication. They may not be coming back; these most definitely include the mail related jobs. Other careers might be going through a decline, but may make a comeback in the future. Checkout our list of the fastest growing careers if you’re looking for more job security in the future.

42 Jobs that Pay $100K a Year or More

professional-wealthy-600Would you like a $100K job?

It’s a pretty hefty salary and one a lot of people would like to reach.

To create this list of jobs with salaries over $100K, we took all the careers with a median of $100K a year or more from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).  The BLS.gov only reports salaries up to $187,200 a year so for the occupations paying more than that (and there were many), we used salary statistics from Salary.com.

The $100K jobs are listed in order from highest salary to lowest salary. In addition to the median salaries, we also include the salary range. This range shows the lowest 10% to the highest 10% of earnings for each profession.

To make this resource more valuable for you, we also include the expected job growth rate and typical education needed to enter the career field. For many of these professions, you can click on the professional link and see a full career profile to learn even more.

Jobs Paying $175K and Up


Many jobs paying over $175k a year are in the healthcare industry, specifically as physicians. However, the rigors of gaining an education as a physician is high since entry to this field requires a Doctoral or professional degree. The education alone will take 8 years + additional training, but if you’re willing to put in the effort, a career as a physician will definitely be lucrative and hopefully one that you’ll find fulfilling as well.

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1. Anesthesiologists

  • Median Salary: $358,638 per year according to Salary.com
  • Salary Range: $267,063 to $450,2015 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

2. Surgeons

  • Median Salary: $363,165 per year according to Salary.com
  • Salary Range: $256,097 to $492,801 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

  • Median Salary: $263,826 per year according to Salary.com
  • Salary Range: $230,845 to $310,410 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • Median Salary: $263,865 per year according to Salary.com
  • Salary Range: $197,096 to $366,429 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

5. Psychiatrists

  • Median Salary: $210,663 per year according to Salary.com
  • Salary Range: $168,848 to $258,397 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

6. General Internists

  • Median Salary: $202,690 per year according to Salary.com
  • Salary Range: $164,340 to $255,485 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

7. Family and General Practitioners

  • Median Salary: $184,390 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $146,741 to $243,595 per year
  • Job Growth: 14% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

8. Chief Executives

  • Median Salary: $175,110 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $68,600 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 6% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

$150K to $175K Jobs


The $150K to $175K pay range includes pediatricians, nurse anesthetists, and dentists. While the average pay is lower than in the list above, there’s room to earn as much as over $200K in these professions. Nurse anesthetists only need a Master’s degree as opposed to a Doctoral or Professional degree which will take much longer.

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9. General Pediatricians

  • Median Salary: $170,300 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $140,519 to $255,885 per year
  • Job Growth: 14% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

10. Nurse Anesthetists

  • Median Salary: $157,140 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $144,695 to $200,993 per year
  • Job Growth: 31% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

11. General Dentists

  • Median Salary: $152,700 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $115,376 to $191,914 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

$125K to $150K Jobs


There’s a variety of jobs from different industries in the $125K to $150K salary range. A few of these managerial careers only require a Bachelor’s degree; marketing managers, petroleum engineers, and computer and information systems managers are examples.

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12. Orthodontists

  • Median Salary: $133,005 per year according to Salary.com
  • Salary Range: $87,659 to $187,005 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

13. Architectural and Engineering Managers

  • Median Salary: $132,800 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $90,776 to $167,385 per year
  • Job Growth: 2% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

14. Computer and Information Systems Managers

  • Median Salary: $131,600 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $86,217 to $190,773 per year
  • Job Growth: 15% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

15. Petroleum Engineers

  • Median Salary: $129,990 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $74,880 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 10% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

16. Marketing Managers

  • Median Salary: $128,750 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $70,853 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

17. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

  • Median Salary: $126,930 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $36,720 to $186,720 per year
  • Job Growth: -1% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

$100K to $125K Jobs


The $100K to $125K career list offers the most variety in typical education.  The average pharmacist and lawyer fit in this salary range. Both require extensive education (Doctorate or Professional degree) while air traffic controllers earn over $100K per year and the typical education is only an Associate’s degree. However while the pay for education sounds fantastic, you should be aware that the expected job growth for air traffic controllers is currently in decline.

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18. Air Traffic Controllers

  • Median Salary: $122,950 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $66,780 to $172,590 per year
  • Job Growth: -9% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Associate’s degree

19. Pharmacists

  • Median Salary: $121,500 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $109,516 to $139,570 per year
  • Job Growth: 3% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

20. Natural Sciences Managers

  • Median Salary: $120,160 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $69,250 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 3% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

21. Prosthodontists

  • Median Salary: $119,740 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $73,050 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

22. Podiatrists

  • Median Salary: $119,340 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $48,920 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 14% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

23. Financial Managers

  • Median Salary: $117,990 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $63,020 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

24. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

  • Median Salary: $117,290 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $60,770 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree + Flight school

25. Lawyers

  • Median Salary: $115,820 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $55,870 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 6% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

26. Sales Managers

  • Median Salary: $113,860 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $54,490 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

27. Computer Hardware Engineers

  • Median Salary: $111,730 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $65,570 to $167,100 per year
  • Job Growth: 3% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

28. Physicists

  • Median Salary: $111,580 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $55,610 to $185,230 per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

29. Compensation and Benefits Managers

  • Median Salary: $111,430 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $60,680 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 6% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

30. Mathematicians

  • Median Salary: $111,110 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $56,200 to $167,250 per year
  • Job Growth: 21% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

31. Computer and Information Research Scientists

  • Median Salary: $110,620 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $64,300 to $170,610 per year
  • Job Growth: 11% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

32. Purchasing Managers

  • Median Salary: $108,120 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $60,830 to $172,950 per year
  • Job Growth: 2% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

33. Aerospace Engineers

  • Median Salary: $107,830 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $67,850 to $158,700 per year
  • Job Growth: -2% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

34. Systems Software Developers

  • Median Salary: $105,570 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $64,600 to $159,850 per year
  • Job Growth: 17% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

35. Postsecondary Law Teachers

  • Median Salary: $105,250 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $42,150 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or Master’s degree (less common)

36. Human Resources Managers

  • Median Salary: $104,440 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $61,300 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

37. Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

  • Median Salary: $104,140 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $56,890 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

38. Astronomers

  • Median Salary: $104,100 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $52,460 to $166,320 per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

39. Optometrists

  • Median Salary: $103,900 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $51,780 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 27% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

40. Nuclear Engineers

  • Median Salary: $102,950 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $66,650 to $152,220 per year
  • Job Growth: -4% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

41. Training and Development Managers

  • Median Salary: $102,640 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $55,850 to $180,360 per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

42. Computer Network Architects

  • Median Salary: $100,240 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $56,230 to $155,250 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

That’s the complete list of 42 jobs that pay $100K a year or more!

There are many more careers where higher earners bring in over $100K a year too. You may want to look around our Career Explorer Tool for help finding your perfect job or take a look at our $90K jobs list for more high paying job ideas.

25 Jobs Where You Can Earn From $90K to Just Under $100K Per Year

professional-wealthy-2-600Are you dreaming of earning a high salary like say … around $90K a year?

We’ve put together this list of all the jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) where the median salary is in the $90K a year range. There are 25 professions on this list, all in the $90K per year range.

All the jobs on this list require a Bachelor’s degree at minimum. Many require a Master’s or a Doctoral degree.

If you look through the list, you’ll notice that a couple of jobs are for postsecondary teachers. These are essentially college professors or higher education teachers or trainers.

In addition to these education-based careers, jobs from many industries including healthcare, engineering, computers, science, and more can be found on this list.

1. Political Scientists

  • Median Salary: $99,730 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,210 to $162,500 per year
  • Job Growth: -2% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

2. Electronics Engineers

Except Computer Engineers

  • Median Salary: $98,270 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $63,430 to $151,990 per year
  • Job Growth: 0% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

3. Applications Software Developers

One interesting career in the $90K per year range are applications software developers. The median salary for this profession is over $98,000 a year, it should see much faster than average job growth at 17%, and the typical education is a Bachelor’s degree. If you like working with computers this is a fantastic profession to consider.

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  • Median Salary: $98,260 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $57,340 to $153,710 per year
  • Job Growth: 17% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

4. Nurse Practitioners

  • Median Salary: $98,190 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $71,530 to $171,560 per year
  • Job Growth: 31% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

5. Economists

  • Median Salary: $99,180 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $52,540 to $176,960 per year
  • Job Growth: 6% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

6. Physician Assistants

One of the fastest growing careers in the $90K salary range are physician assistants. In order to work as a physician assistant, you will need a Master’s degree. The expected job growth is 30% which is much faster than the average occupation.  Physician assistants earn a median salary of over $98,000 per year according to the BLS.gov so it’s nearly a $100K a year career for many who choose this profession!

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  • Median Salary: $98,180 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $62,760 to $139,540 per year
  • Job Growth: 30% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

7. Sales Engineers

  • Median Salary: $97,650 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $55,280 to $165,250 per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

8. Chemical Engineers

  • Median Salary: $97,360 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $59,470 to $157,160 per year
  • Job Growth: 2% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

9. Actuaries

  • Median Salary: $97,070 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $58,290 to $180,500 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

10. Advertising and Promotions Managers

  • Median Salary: $95,890 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $42,440 to $187,200 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

11. Postsecondary Engineering Teachers

  • Median Salary: $94,130 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $48,120 to $165,660 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral degree or Master’s degree (less common)

12. Medical and Health Services Managers

Medical and health services managers earn over $94,000 a year up to $165,000 a year.  They manage hospitals and other health care facilities and keep them up and running smoothly.  Leaders with strong people skills and organizational talents are necessary to fill these growing positions.

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  • Median Salary: $94,500 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $56,230 to $165,380 per year
  • Job Growth: 17% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

13. Mining and Geological Engineers

  • Median Salary: $94,040 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $54,180 to $180,600 per year
  • Job Growth: 6% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

14. Postsecondary Economics Teachers

  • Median Salary: $94,000 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,220 to $184,240 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral degree or Master’s degree (less common)

15. Industrial Production Managers

  • Median Salary: $93,940 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $56,640 to $162,240 per year
  • Job Growth: -4% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

16. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

  • Median Salary: $93,110 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $61,110 to $149,330 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

17. Electrical Engineers

  • Median Salary: $95,230 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $59,240 to $146,820 per year
  • Job Growth: 0% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

18. Nurse Midwives

Another fast growing career are nurse midwives.  This career has an expected job growth of a whopping 31% (so it’s growing much faster than the average occupation) and a median salary of over $92,000 per year. It requires a Master’s degree.

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  • Median Salary: $92,510 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $71,530 to $171,560 per year
  • Job Growth: 31% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

19. Materials Engineers

  • Median Salary: $91,310 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $53,120 to $144,720 per year
  • Job Growth: 1% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

20. Materials Scientists

  • Median Salary: $91,000 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,740 to $149,310 per year
  • Job Growth: 3% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

21. Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers

  • Median Salary: $90,840 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,090 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral degree or Master’s degree (less common)

22. Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers

  • Median Salary: $90,780 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $46,680 to $149,960 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral degree or Master’s degree (less common)

23. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

  • Median Salary: $90,600 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $40,270 to $158,700 per year
  • Job Growth: -1% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

24. Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

  • Median Salary: $90,410 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $59,070 to $131,310 per year
  • Job Growth: 6% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

25. Information Security Analysts

  • Median Salary: $90,120 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $51,280 to $143,770 per year
  • Job Growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

That’s a wrap on the jobs in the $90K per year range.

If you’re interested in more high paying careers, take a look at our list of jobs paying over $100K a year. In addition, we have another list of jobs in the $80K a year range that you may find interesting as well.

31 Jobs Where You Can Earn a Salary in the $80K a Year Range

professional-wealthy-3-300$80K per year is a great salary by any stretch of the imagination.

This article outlines all the jobs that pay $80k a year in one convenient list.

To put this list together, we took a look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) May 2015 salary data and found all the jobs with a median salary in the $80K per year range. In addition to the median salary, you can see the high and low range of pay for each profession. We also include the typical education required and the expected job growth.

Jobs in the science industry top the list of $80K jobs.  These include atmospheric scientists, geoscientists, medical scientists, and biochemists.  To work in these career fields you’ll typically need a Bachelor’s degree. For other science careers in this pay range you’ll need a Doctoral or professional degree.

In addition to science, there are several engineering careers earning in the $80K a year range including biomedical engineers, environmental engineers, and mechanical engineers. The typical education for each of these professions is a Bachelor’s degree.

Both science and engineering industries offer you the opportunity to creatively solve problems. If you’re an innovator, these careers may be a good fit for you.

There are also a few $80K jobs that only require a high school diploma or equivalent or an Associate’s degree.  For example, nuclear technicians and radiation therapists often only have an Associate’s degree.

In addition to science and engineering, there are jobs from other professions on this list represented here too including; art, business, education, and many other industries. Just take a look below:

1. Atmospheric Scientists

Including Meteorologists

  • Median Salary: $89,820 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $50,630 to $132,180 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

2. Art Directors

  • Median Salary: $89,760 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,320 to $172,900 per year
  • Job Growth: 2% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

3. Geoscientists

  • Median Salary: $89,700 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,250 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 10% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

4. Personal Financial Advisors

Personal financial advisers help people manage their present and future finances.  Their median salary is over $89,000 per year according to the BLS.gov. The expected job growth is at 30% which is much faster than average and the typical education is a Bachelor’s degree.

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  • Median Salary: $89,160 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $39,300 to $187,200+ per year
  • Job Growth: 30% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

5. Postsecondary Education Administrators

  • Median Salary: $88,580 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $50,240 to $174,280 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

6. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

  • Median Salary: $88,560 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $66,520 to $116,780 per year
  • Job Growth: -6% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: High school diploma or equivalent

7. Veterinarians

Veterinarians earn $88K a year on average with salaries topping $158K a year. The typical education is a Doctoral or professional degree and the expected job growth is faster than average at 9%. If you love animals, this may be a high paying career to consider in addition to the many assistant or support jobs for veterinarians which will pay less, but require less education.

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  • Median Salary: $88,490 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $53,210 to $158,260 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

8. Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers

  • Median Salary: $88,270 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,960 to $143,710 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral degree or Master’s degree (less common)

9. Construction Managers

  • Median Salary: $87,400 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $52,350 to $155,200 per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

10. Biomedical Engineers

  • Median Salary: $86,220 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $51,480 to $139,520 per year
  • Job Growth: 23% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

11. Administrative Services Managers

  • Median Salary: $86,110 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $46,430 to $153,570 per year
  • Job Growth: 8% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

12. Computer Systems Analysts

  • Median Salary: $85,800 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $51,910 to $135,450 per year
  • Job Growth: 21% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

13. Health and Safety Engineers

Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

  • Median Salary: $84,600 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $49,410 to $130,770 per year
  • Job Growth: 6% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

14. Environmental Engineers

  • Median Salary: $84,560 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $50,230 to $128,440 per year
  • Job Growth: 12% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

15. Physical Therapists

Physical therapists earn an average of $84K a year and the typical education is a Doctoral or professional degree. However, it is possible to get started in this career field with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree for less pay as an assistant.  The expected job growth is very high and earnings for physical therapists can top $119K a year.

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  • Median Salary: $84,020 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $57,060 to $119,790 per year
  • Job Growth: 34% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

16. Mechanical Engineers

  • Median Salary: $83,590 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $53,640 to $128,430 per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

17. Industrial Engineers

  • Median Salary: $83,470 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $53,300 to $126,920 per year
  • Job Growth: 1% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

18. Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers

  • Median Salary: $83,150 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $42,850 to $152,310 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral degree or Master’s degree (less common)

19. Postsecondary Physics Teachers

  • Median Salary: $82,840 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,220 to $156,280 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral degree or Master’s degree (less common)

20. Medical Scientists

  • Median Salary: $82,240 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $44,510 to $155,180 per year
  • Job Growth: 8% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

21. Civil Engineers

  • Median Salary: $82,220 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $52,900 to $129,850 per year
  • Job Growth: 8% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

22. Biochemists and Biophysicists

Biochemists and biophysicists earn a median salary of about $82K a year. As a biochemist or biophysicist you will study living cells and tissues in the hopes of advancing our knowledge of medicine and finding treatments. The expected job growth is as fast as average and a Doctoral or professional degree is the typical education requirement.

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  • Median Salary: $82,150 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $44,640 to $153,810 per year
  • Job Growth: 8% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

23. First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

  • Median Salary: $82,090 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $48,930 to $131,570 per year
  • Job Growth: 4% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: High school diploma or equivalent or some college

24. Database Administrators

  • Median Salary: $81,710 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,460 to $127,080 per year
  • Job Growth: 11% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

25. Management Analysts

  • Median Salary: $81,320 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,970 to $150,220 per year
  • Job Growth: 14% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

26. Elevator Installers and Repairers

  • Median Salary: $80,870 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $40,140 to $111,370 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: High school diploma or equivalent

27. Financial Analysts

Financial analysts earn approximately $80K a year and as much as over $160K a year so the earnings are high. The expected job growth is faster than average and the typical education is a Bachelor’s degree.

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  • Median Salary: $80,310 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $49,450 to $160,760 per year
  • Job Growth: 12% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

28. Nuclear Technicians

  • Median Salary: $80,260 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,730 to $130,750 per year
  • Job Growth: -5% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Associate’s degree

29. Radiation Therapists

  • Median Salary: $80,220 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $54,220 to $121,110 per year
  • Job Growth: 14% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Associate’s degree

30. Occupational Therapists

  • Median Salary: $80,150 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $53,250 to $116,030 per year
  • Job Growth: 27% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

31. Statisticians

  • Median Salary: $80,110 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $44,900 to $130,630 per year
  • Job Growth: 34% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

That ends our list of 31 careers paying in the $80K a year range. If you’d like to review more high paying jobs then checkout our $90K jobs list or the list of 44 jobs that pay in the $70K range.

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Take a Look at 44 Jobs that Pay in the $70K a Year Range

professional-wealthy-4-600Considering the annual median wage is $36,200 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), jobs that pay over $70K are approximately double the average wages.  Earning twice the average will certainly set you up for a nice lifestyle!

All the jobs that pay between $70K and just under $80K per year according to BLS.gov May 2015 salary statistics are listed here. In addition to the median salary, this guide also includes the salary range, expected job growth, and typical education required.

If you take a look at the list, you’ll notice a few of the $70K jobs are for postsecondary teachers. These are essentially college professors or higher education instructors. These positions typically require a Doctoral degree or less frequently a Master’s degree so a fair amount education is required to gain employment in this field.

In contrast, if you’re interested in a job with lower educational requirements, there are many on this list including dental hygienists, nuclear medicine technologists, and power plant operators to name a few.

1. Hydrologists

  • Median Salary: $79,550 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $50,410 to $120,370 per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

2. Computer Programmers

  • Median Salary: $79,530 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $44,450 to $130,800 per year
  • Job Growth: -8% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

3. Postsecondary Environmental Science Teachers

  • Median Salary: $78,770 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $44,830 to $146,530 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

4. Operations Research Analysts

The median salary for operations research analysts is over $78,000 per year. With an expected job growth at 30% which is much faster than the average occupation and a typical education of only a Bachelor’s degree, this career is worth considering especially if you like solving business problems.

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  • Median Salary: $78,630 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $43,520 to $132,500 per year
  • Job Growth: 30% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

5. Financial Examiners

  • Median Salary: $78,010 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,540 to $149,390 per year
  • Job Growth: 10% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

6. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • Median Salary: $77,810 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,460 to $124,090 per year
  • Job Growth: 8% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

7. Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers

  • Median Salary: $77,650 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $43,080 to $141,370 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

8. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

  • Median Salary: $77,350 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $52,270 to $158,990 per year
  • Job Growth: 19% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate or professional degree

9. Detectives and Criminal Investigators

  • Median Salary: $77,210 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,200 to $128,690 per year
  • Job Growth: 4% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: High school diploma or equivalent

10. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

  • Median Salary: $76,780 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $38,310 to $134,950 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

11. Social Scientists and Related Workers

  • Median Salary: $76,380 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,390 to $118,080 per year
  • Job Growth: -1% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

12. Postsecondary Political Science Teachers

Do you like the idea of teaching and helping shape the leaders of future generations? If so, becoming a postsecondary political science teacher may be a good career fit for you.  This career boasts a salary of over $76,000 a year and has a faster than average expected job growth.  The educational requirements are high however, with the typical education being a Doctorate degree.

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  • Median Salary: $76,370 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $40,150 to $151,940 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

13. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

  • Median Salary: $76,190 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $38,570 to $153,940 per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree or sometimes just a High school diploma

14. Commercial Pilots

  • Median Salary: $76,150 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $34,800 to $147,890 per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

15. Architects

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  • Median Salary: $76,100 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $46,080 to $125,520 per year
  • Job Growth: 7% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

16. Power Plant Operators

  • Median Salary: $75,660 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,560 to $101,630 per year
  • Job Growth: -6% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: High school diploma or equivalent

17. Postsecondary Geography Teachers

  • Median Salary: $75,400 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,250 to $124,190 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

18. Postsecondary Business Teachers

  • Median Salary: $75,370 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $35,370 to $170,640 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

19. Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers

  • Median Salary: $75,320 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,170 to $149,710 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

20. Agricultural Engineers

  • Median Salary: $75,090 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,490 to $116,830 per year
  • Job Growth: 4% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

21. Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers

  • Median Salary: $75,060 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,800 to $145,300 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

22. Audiologists

Audiologists specialize in hearing. The typical education for audiologists is a Doctoral or professional degree.  The expected job growth rate is at 29% (which is much faster than average), however the rigorous education requirements are a make it or break it proposition for many for this $70K career field.

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  • Median Salary: $74,890 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $49,760 to $111,450 per year
  • Job Growth: 29% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctoral or professional degree

23. Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers

  • Median Salary: $74,840 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $37,570 to $145,450 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

24. Logisticians

  • Median Salary: $74,260 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,830 to $115,960 per year
  • Job Growth: 2% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

25. Geographers

  • Median Salary: $74,260 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $45,450 to $102,930 per year
  • Job Growth: -2% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

26. Postsecondary Architecture Teachers

  • Median Salary: $73,920 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $38,360 to $144,380 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

27. Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

  • Median Salary: $73,810 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $49,800 to $95,890 per year
  • Job Growth: -4% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: Postsecondary nondegree award

28. Sociologists

  • Median Salary: $73,760 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $36,200 to $145,250 per year
  • Job Growth: -1% (Little or no change)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

29. Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Median Salary: $73,410 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $46,000 to $114,840 per year
  • Job Growth: 21% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

30. Nuclear Medicine Technologists

  • Median Salary: $73,360 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $52,950 to $100,080 per year
  • Job Growth: 2% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Associate’s degree

31. Ship Engineers

  • Median Salary: $72,870 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $38,200 to $145,250 per year
  • Job Growth: 9% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

32. Dental Hygienists

The typical education for dental hygienists is an Associate’s degree (you will have to complete an accredited training program along with passing a state exam) and the job growth is 19% which makes this profession a hot career choice for many.

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  • Median Salary: $72,330 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $50,140 to $98,440 per year
  • Job Growth: 19% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Associate’s degree

33. Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

  • Median Salary: $72,300 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $37,830 to $139,970 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

34. First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

  • Median Salary: $72,230 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,790 to $114,900 per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Postsecondary nondegree award

35. Genetic Counselors

  • Median Salary: $72,090 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $49,760 to $109,650 per year
  • Job Growth: 29% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Master’s degree

36. Budget Analysts

  • Median Salary: $71,590 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $47,550 to $108,600 per year
  • Job Growth: 3% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

37. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

  • Median Salary: $71,550 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $32,680 to $187,200 per year
  • Job Growth: 10% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

38. Chemists

Becoming a chemist is another career option in the $70K per year salary range. This career even has an upper end over $125K a year so it can be very lucrative especially considering the typical education is only a Bachelor’s degree. However, the expected job growth rate is only 3% which is slower than average.

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  • Median Salary: $71,260 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,110 to $125,450 per year
  • Job Growth: 3% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

39. Funeral Service Managers

  • Median Salary: $70,890 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $38,530 to $142,750 per year
  • Job Growth: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Typical Education: Associate’s degree

40. Postmasters and Mail Superintendents

  • Median Salary: $70,640 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $54,100 to $88,300 per year
  • Job Growth: -28% (Decline)
  • Typical Education: High school diploma or equivalent

41. Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

  • Median Salary: $70,580 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $40,920 to $116,960 per year
  • Job Growth: 19% (Much faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Education specialist degree

42. Postsecondary Psychology Teachers

  • Median Salary: $70,260 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $36,630 to $133,810 per year
  • Job Growth: 13% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Doctorate degree or Master’s degree (less common)

43. Technical Writers

  • Median Salary: $70,240 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $41,610 to $112,220 per year
  • Job Growth: 10% (Faster than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

44. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

  • Median Salary: $70,210 per year according to BLS.gov
  • Salary Range: $40,890 to $102,980 per year
  • Job Growth: 4% (Slower than average)
  • Typical Education: Bachelor’s degree

That concludes the list of 44 different $70K a year jobs.  As you can see, there are many different industries represented on this list of high paying professions. Hopefully you’ll found a couple of options that look interesting to you.

If you’d like to review more high salary careers, take a look at our list of $80K a year jobs. In addition, the list of $60K a year jobs may also interest you.

If you’d like to be able to sort jobs by criteria you select, then our Career Explorer Tool is another resource you may find valuable.