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Highest-Paying Jobs in the US
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Do what you love and the money will follow is great in theory, but the truth of the matter is, certain jobs and fields simply pay more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics National Compensation Survey showed, for example, that white-collar earnings, which averaged $21.85 per hour, were the highest among occupational groups. Blue-collar pay averaged $15.03 per hour, while the hourly pay of service occupations averaged just $10.40.

The jobs that pay the most require at least a four-year college degree. According to the Employment Policy Foundation, the nation's 12 top-paying jobs -- and the mean annual income reported in 2003 for each -- were:

Top Paying Jobs Overall


Physicians and surgeons: $147,000

Aircraft pilots: $133,500

Chief executives: $116,000

Electrical and electronic engineers: $112,000

Lawyers and judges: $99,800

Dentists: $90,000

Pharmacists: $85,500

Management analysts: $84,700

Computer and information system managers: $83,000

Financial analysts, managers and advisors: $84,000

Marketing and sales managers: $80,000

Education administrators: $80,000


Though many of these occupations require an advanced degree, there are jobs at every education level that pay more than other jobs for workers with similar levels of schooling. Here, courtesy of the Employment Policy Foundation, is a look at the best- paying occupations at varying education levels:

Top Paying Jobs That Do Not Require a High School Degree
These jobs tend to require substantial on-the-job training and work experience rather than formal education and schooling:


Industrial production managers: $36,000

Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers: $36,400

Legal assistants: $36,400

Drafters: $36,000

Construction manager: $33,600

Electricians: $31,900


Top Paying Jobs for High School Graduates
These occupations emphasize work experience and on-the-job training rather than formal education:


Computer software engineers: $58,900

Computer/information systems managers: $56,400

Computer programmers: $55,000

Network systems and data communications analysts: $49,000

General and operations managers: $48,000

Database, network and computer systems administrators: $48,000


Top Paying Jobs for a Two-Year College Degree
The following jobs tend to be technical in nature, emphasizing skills developed on the job as well as job-specific training and certifications:


Healthcare practitioners: $66,000

Business analysts: $58,000

Electrical and electronic engineers: $57,000

Mechanical engineers: $56,800

General and operations managers: $54,000

Computer and information systems managers: $50,400

"A look at expected earnings over a lifetime shows the economic benefit of higher education attainment," says Tony Carnevale, who chaired President Clinton's National Commission for Employment Policy and authored several books, including "America and the New Economy: How New Competitive Standards are Radically Changing American Workplaces."

A person with a doctoral or professional degree, for example, is expected to earn about $3 million over the course of his or her working life while a person without a high school diploma is expected to earn less than $1 million.

"Despite an increasing supply of well-educated workers, the college wage premium has nearly doubled since 1980, largely because of the added value of a college education in the new knowledge economy," Carnevale adds.

The Employment Policy Forum concurs, but stresses that these numbers are only averages. Individual earnings depend on many factors inducing geographic location, employer size (average hourly earnings ranged from $15.06 in organizations employing between 1 and 99 workers to $24.09 in those with 2,500 workers or more), industry (workers in goods-producing industries earned $18.46 an hour vs. those in service-producing industries who earned $16.44 an hour) and the worker's skills and characteristics.
 

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woot my major is one of the highest paying. my old major is number 4. im going into consulting though (finance (investments) and operations management double major), so i can probably make over 100k easy after i go to grad school (if im not a total donkey)
 

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computer software engineer is what I was talking about but I'm probably going for
Computer and information system managers, seeing as I'm done half-certified in CISCO systems. I just need to take the other 2 classes.
 

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Wes Himself said:
so comrades pizza joke was flawed about engineers.

Thank god It almost made me rethink my life plans.

be careful with engineering. some types are absolutely flooded and not that good to go into. your 2 best bets are electrical and chemical. you will make the most in chem out of school, but its super hard (i hate chemistry). a lot of chem-e's go into med school, its probably the best major (any engineering for that matter) to go to med school off of. pre-med is stupid, dont do it, go engineering or bio-chem or something if u want to go to med school
 

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be careful with engineering. some types are absolutely flooded and not that good to go into. your 2 best bets are electrical and chemical. you will make the most in chem out of school, but its super hard (i hate chemistry). a lot of chem-e's go into med school, its probably the best major (any engineering for that matter) to go to med school off of. pre-med is stupid, dont do it, go engineering or bio-chem or something if u want to go to med school
Word. I'm probably gonna end up going to Western Kentucky University to get an Information Technology degree and then I'm going to UK to get some sort of engineering degree. I really wanted computer software or electrical.
 

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computer software engineer is what I was talking about but I'm probably going for
Computer and information system managers, seeing as I'm done half-certified in CISCO systems. I just need to take the other 2 classes.
MIS (management integrated systems, what ur talking about) is hit or miss. there is a kind of low demand for them now. if u were a MIS person around the turn of the century you would make retarded amounts of money cuz of y2k. there is a lot of money there, but the demand is kinda iffy. marketing is the same way. chances are if you go into marketing u wont make jack **** unless you are insanely good. there are just soooooo many marketing peope coming out of school and not enough jobs to met them.

o, and cisco systems wont really do you that much good. its not bad for a resume though. im getting certified in bloomburg right now, and if your school has that (which unless u go to ivy league, a few other sick schools, or UD, you wont) then GET CERTIFIED!!! its what they use to monitor stocs and research on wallstreet. it seriously the most nasty database ever.
 

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MIS (management integrated systems, what ur talking about) is hit or miss. there is a kind of low demand for them now. if u were a MIS person around the turn of the century you would make retarded amounts of money cuz of y2k. there is a lot of money there, but the demand is kinda iffy. marketing is the same way. chances are if you go into marketing u wont make jack **** unless you are insanely good. there are just soooooo many marketing peope coming out of school and not enough jobs to met them.

o, and cisco systems wont really do you that much good. its not bad for a resume though. im getting certified in bloomburg right now, and if your school has that (which unless u go to ivy league, a few other sick schools, or UD, you wont) then GET CERTIFIED!!! its what they use to monitor stocs and research on wallstreet. it seriously the most nasty database ever.
ah kool kool. I would be fully certified but my school stopped offering it. My class of CISCO 1 & 2 was the last ones they did. I helped do most of my schools new computers network when we got our new servers. Which I've put my school's network admin on my resume ever since, it looks nice :).

I was going to be a graphic designer but I figured there weren't much of a demand anymore for those.
 

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well my old roomate is a VCD major (visual communication and design) and its basically like graphic design. there is a big demand, especially if you get a second major in marketing. the thing is there are a lot of graphic design majors coming from 2 yr crap programs. my buddy is gonna make bank, but it depends on where you go and how good ur training is IMO
 

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imhungry said:
MIS (management integrated systems, what ur talking about) is hit or miss. there is a kind of low demand for them now. if u were a MIS person around the turn of the century you would make retarded amounts of money cuz of y2k. there is a lot of money there, but the demand is kinda iffy. marketing is the same way. chances are if you go into marketing u wont make jack **** unless you are insanely good. there are just soooooo many marketing peope coming out of school and not enough jobs to met them.
MIS is, I believe, now known as IT. Which happens to be my major.

The demand for IT is an interesting one. You're right about there being a huge demand back during the turn of the century. Interestingly enough, there is actually a lack of IT grads at the moment. It's such a rollercoaster, because after the dot com bubble burst there was an over abundance of IT people, but since then people have been avoiding that major, leading to a need for them.

The IT field is expected to grow enormously within the next few years. It's a good time to get involved.

-Jin
 

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imhungry said:
well my old roomate is a VCD major (visual communication and design) and its basically like graphic design. there is a big demand, especially if you get a second major in marketing. the thing is there are a lot of graphic design majors coming from 2 yr crap programs. my buddy is gonna make bank, but it depends on where you go and how good ur training is IMO
yeh. I'm gonna end up getting like 6 years worth of college I thinks. maybe more If I dont run out of money.
 

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I'm graduating in 3 years. My major is usually a 4 year, but I figured out that I can push a bit and get done in 3. Saves money, gets me making money quicker, gets me out of Rochester quicker, and gets me all sorts of things quicker.

-Jin
 

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MIS is, I believe, now known as IT. Which happens to be my major.

The demand for IT is an interesting one. You're right about there being a huge demand back during the turn of the century. Interestingly enough, there is actually a lack of IT grads at the moment. It's such a rollercoaster, because after the dot com bubble burst there was an over abundance of IT people, but since then people have been avoiding that major, leading to a need for them.

The IT field is expected to grow enormously within the next few years. It's a good time to get involved.

-Jin
The economist magazine was talking about the lack of talent in a recent issue. Subscriber by chance?
 

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I'm graduating in 3 years. My major is usually a 4 year, but I figured out that I can push a bit and get done in 3. Saves money, gets me making money quicker, gets me out of Rochester quicker, and gets me all sorts of things quicker.

-Jin
cuddy? If it gets me cuddy quicker im all for it.
 

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The median expected salary for a typical Advertising Sales Director in the United States is $137,412. This basic market pricing report was prepared using our Certified Compensation Professionals' analysis of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies.

http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/layouthtmls/swzl_compresult_national_SM15000053.html



thats what i want to be when i grow up

commercial airline pilots make quite a bit too, thats what i used to want to be
 

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So...

whats the average salary of a hedge fund manager?
 
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