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Best Paying Jobs in U.S.

bst-4Even though the economy is lousy, there are still a lot of high paying jobs in the U.S., and contrary to popular belief, not all of them involve advanced degrees. There are also some great, high-paying positions that don’t require a person to set up an elaborate office. Here’s Getting Money Smart’s unscientific rundown of 6 of the best paying jobs in the US:

  • Pharmacist – The average pharmacist now makes $97,500 a year, or $1,871 a week, with some real advantages to the job. You only need to have a bachelor’s degree, and you don’t need to set up an office or provide any tools or equipment. Your employer will provide it all for you. The growing number of big box stores with pharmacies is creating more opportunities. In large stores, the pharmacist often makes more than the manager and does less work. You can travel almost anywhere in the U.S. to find a job, but you will need to be licensed. Another plus to this profession is that male and female pharmacists earn roughly the same pay.
  • Nurse Practitioner – There’s a growing demand for these professionals and lots of new positions opening up in fields such as walk-in clinics in retail stores. The advent of Obamacare, which may place millions of new people on health insurance, could greatly increase the demand for nurse practitioners. That’s really good news because the average salary in the profession is $79,500 a year. The profession requires a college degree and a license.
  • IT Managers – In spite of all the jokes about them, information technology managers still make out pretty well. The average woman in the field makes $79,500 a year and the average man earns around $89,040 a year. Adding an MBA or a business degree to an IT-related degree such as computer science can help you advance into such a position. Having a few years of practical experience and some gray hair can also help. Those willing to work in government will have more job security.
  • Computer and Information Scientist – Being a geek pays off. Being a geek with an advanced degree pays even more. The average pay in this field is around $115,000 a year. Those willing to be flexible and move for work can earn even more. Another plus is that there is plenty of freelance and consulting work available for those who don’t want to hold down a permanent position.
  • Management Consultants/Analysts – The median pay for a successful management consultant is bpj-6$117,000 a year. If you like problem solving and have a lot of knowledge of different fields, you can enter this field. Having an advanced degree, particularly from a prestigious business school helps. Another advantage is that management consultant positions sometimes lead to executive jobs at top corporations. There are also a lot of opportunities for travel.
  • Anesthesiology – Putting people to sleep can put a lot of money into your bank account. The average anesthesiologist makes $290,000—nearly $300,000 a year. You will have to complete medical school and incur high debts to become an anesthesiologist. If you don’t want to go to medical school, a nurse anesthetist makes an average of $156,000 a year. If you can hack being in the operating room, this career is worth a look, particularly if you have a nursing degree. If you want to work in medicine but you’re not a people person, anesthesiology might be for you. After all, the patient is asleep and doesn’t talk back.


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