If you’re willing to put in long hours and years of prep work on the front end, a high-paying career awaits you, according to a report on CNBC.com.
The highest-paying jobs continue to be found in the medical and technology fields, but professionals in other areas also are pulling in big bucks.
CNBC.com pored over Bureau of Labor Statistics data to come up with the highest-paying jobs in the country today. Not all of them require the time and effort needed to become a physician – “ four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school and between three and eight years of an internship and residency, depending on their specialization or area of surgery.”
On the other hand, someone aspiring to be a sales manager won’t even need a bachelor’s degree. She or he, however, must be able to understand the marketplace, analyze sales statistics and monitor customer preferences.
Here are the top 15 highest paying positions:
No. 1: Doctors and surgeons: Average annual salary: $168,650-$234,950; current employment: 618,000-plus.
No. 2: Orthodontists and dentists: Average annual salary: $161,750-$204,670; current employment: 101,400
No. 3: Chief executive officer: Average annual salary: $176,550; current employment: 267,370
No. 4: Petroleum engineer: Average annual salary: $138,980; current employment: 30,880
No. 5: Lawyer: Average annual salary: $130,490; current employment: 570,950
No. 6: Architectural and engineering managers: Average annual salary: $129,350; current employment: 184,530
No. 7: Natural science manager: Average annual salary: $128,230; current employment: 47,510
No. 8: Marketing manager: Average annual salary: $126,190; current employment: 168,410
No. 9: Computer and information systems manager: Average annual salary: $125,660; current employment: 300,830
No. 10: Industrial-organizational psychologist: Average annual salary: $124,160; current employment: 1,230
No. 11: Financial manager: Average annual salary: $120,450; current employment: 477,690
No. 12: Airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers: Average annual salary: $118,070; current employment: 68,350
No. 13: Sales manager: Average annual salary: $116,860 current employment: 328,230
No. 14: Air traffic controller: Average annual salary: $114,460; current employment: 23,580
No. 15: Pharmacist: Average salary: $112,160; current employment: 272,320