Highest Salary Jobs

If one of your values in choosing a career is to have an extremely high salary, you probably would like to know what the highest paying jobs are right now. As you would probably suspect, most of the top paid jobs are in the medical field. Also, keep in mind that the salaries vary among different regions of the country. Here is a list of the 10 highest salary jobs (according to the United States Labor Department), a description of each, and potential ways of getting there.

1. Surgeons make least $219,710 a year. Becoming a surgeon requires 10 to 15 years of school and training. After four years of undergraduate school, you must go to medical school, and then continue your education to specialize in a certain field of surgery.

2. Anesthesiologists on average make $211,750 dollars. They are actually medical doctors who are in charge of giving patients anesthetics during surgery or other medical practices. It takes twelve years to become an anesthesiologist in the U.S.

3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons make $210,710 a year on average. They operate on jaws, mouths, faces and skulls. The schooling requirements are 12 years after high school and an additional 1 to 2 years for specializing.

4. Orthodontists may earn a salary of around $206,190. They train for at least 9 years of schooling. An orthodontist’s job is to straighten patients’ teeth using things like braces and retainers. They also examine and treat malocclusion.

5. Obstetricians, or Gynecologists, earn about $204,500 on average. They specialize in delivering babies and examining women’s overall health. Upon getting a high school diploma, the schooling for this job requires 12 years, followed by 3 to 11 years of residency (depending on what you specialize in).

6. Internal Medicine doctors make a minimum of $183,990 dollars a year. Internists are general doctors for both male and female adults. They take care of anything from a cold to substance abuse problems. Training for internists entails 8 years of college in addition to anywhere from 3 to 11 years of specializing, depending on the field.

7. Physicians make around $173,860. They must get their medical degree and possibly a degree in osteopathic medicine.

8. Family/General practitioners make $168,550. Their job duties and degrees are similar to that of a physician. They diagnose and provide treatment for injuries and diseases that generally occur among people.

9. Chief Executives earn $167,280 a year. A chief executive, or CEO, of a company is at the highest level of management and has the duty of being in charge of the operational activities with the assistance of staff managers and subordinate executives.

10. Psychiatrists, on average, make about $163,660. They study mental disorders to articulately diagnose any emotional and/or cognitive dysfunctions of the human psyche. Psychiatrists are also allowed to prescribe medicine in accordance to the disorders of their patients.

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