• Allison Styffe

You Can Be ABC's: high-paying careers

It's time to throw another alphabet worth of careers your way, and this time we're hitting you with some of the most lucrative occupations out there. We all have different priorities when seeking out a career, and for some the annual salary — how much you'd earn each year — is especially important. While a big pay check often comes with high stress, long hours, and a great deal of responsibility, these careers can be very rewarding (and we don't just mean financially) if they align with your strengths, values, and interests. So here they are, no rhymes or frills, just salaries and summaries:


Air Traffic Controller: $123,000

Coordinate the movement of aircraft to

maintain safe distances between them.


Biomedical Engineer: $91,000

Combine engineering principles with sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software.


Construction Manager: $95,200

Plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise

construction projects from start to finish.


Database Administrator: $93,700

Use specialized software

to store and organize data.



Economist: $105,020

Collect and analyze data, research trends, and evaluate economic issues for resources, goods, and services.


Family Medicine Physician: $208,000

Assess and treat a range of medical

conditions that occur in everyday life.


Geoscientist: $92,000

Study the physical aspects of the Earth

composition, structure, processes) to learn about its past, present, and future.


Human Resources Manager: $116,700

Plan, coordinate, & direct the administrative functions of an organization.


Information Security Analyst: $99,700

Plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.


Judge: $120,000

Apply the law by overseeing the legal

process in courts.


Lawyer: $122,960

Advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.


Marketing Manager: $135,900

Plan programs to generate

interest in products or services.


Nurse Anesthetist: $115,800

Administer anesthesia and provide care before, during, and after surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and obstetrical procedures.


Orthodontist: $159,200

Straighten teeth by applying pressure to

the teeth with braces or other appliances.


Political Scientist: $122,200

Research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.


Sales Manager: $126,600

Set goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for organizations’ sales reps.


Training Manager: $113,300

Plan, coordinate, and direct enhancement programs for an organization’s staff.


Urban Planners: $74,300

Develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities.


Veterinarian: $95,400

Diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.


Wind Tunnel Engineers: $116,500

Study the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and construction materials.

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