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Top 20 Highest Paying Jobs and Top 30 Fastest Growing Jobs


In 2010 the median pay for the top 20 highest paying jobs in the United States was $103,910 per year (or, $49.98 per hour) and higher. Of those jobs, one required an associate's degree, seven required a bachelor's degree, and 11 required doctorate or professional degrees for entry-level positions.

The top 30 fastest growing jobs in 2010 had median annual incomes ranging from $19,640 (personal care aides) to $82,040 (veterinarians). Of those jobs, five required less than a high school degree, nine required a high school degree (or the equivalent), four required an associate's degree, six required a bachelor's degree, two required a master's degree, and four required a doctorate or professional degree.
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I. Top 20 Highest Paying Jobs
Job
2010 Median Pay
per year per hour
Number of Jobs
in 2010
Expected Growth by 2020
(14% is average)
Entry-Level Degree Required
1. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons1 > 166,399 > $80.00 155,700 2% doctoral or professional
2. Physicians and Surgeons > 166,400 > $80.00 691,000 24% doctoral or professional
3. Orthodontists > 166,400 > $80.00 155,700 2% doctoral or professional
4. Chief Executives $165,080 $79.24 2,136,900 5% bachelor’s or Master’s
5. Dentists, All Other Specialists $161,020 $77.29 155,700 2% doctoral or professional
6. Dentists, General $141,040 $67.70 155,700 2% doctoral or professional
7. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $119,270 $57.25 62,700 7% doctoral or professional
8. Architectural and Engineering Managers $119,260 $57.24 176,800 9% bachelor’s
9. Prosthodontists2 $118,400 $56.83 155,700 2% doctoral or professional
10. Podiatrists $118,030 $56.65 12,900 20% doctoral or professional
11. Natural Sciences Managers $116,020 $55.69 49,300 8% bachelor’s
12. Computer and Information Systems Managers $115,780 $55.57 307,900 18% bachelor’s
13. Petroleum Engineers $114,080 $54.76 30,200 2% bachelor’s
14. Marketing Managers $112,800 $54.14 216,800 14% bachelor’s
15. Lawyers $112,760 $54.12 728,200 10% doctoral or professional
16. Pharmacists $111,570 $53.55 274,900 25% doctoral or professional
17. Air Traffic Controllers $108,040 $51.86 27,000 -3% associate's
18. Political Scientists $107,420 $51.56 5,600 8% master's
19. Physicists $106,370 $51.06 20,600 14% doctoral or professional
20. Financial Managers $103,910 $49.88 527,100 9% bachelor's
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational and Employment Statistics," www.bls.gov, Mar. 29, 2013






II. Top 30 Fastest Growing Jobs
Job
2010 Median Pay
per year per hour
Number of Jobs in 2010 Expected Growth by 2020
(14% is average)
Entry-Level Degree Required
1. Personal Care Aides $19,640 $9.43 1,878,700 71% less than high school
2. Home Health Aides $20,560 $9.87 1,878,700 69% less than high school
3. Biomedical Engineers $81,540 $39.14 15,700 62% bachelor’s
4. Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters $27,780 $13.33 1,250,200 60% less than high school
5. Helpers--Carpenters $25,760 $12.36 1,250,200 56% less than high school
6. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians $29,710 $14.26 80,200 52% associate’s
7. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers $38,430 $18.45 19,100 49% high school diploma or equivalent
8. Physical Therapist Assistants $49,690 $23.83 114,400 46% high school diploma
9. Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters $26,740 $12.84 1,250,200 45% less than high school
10. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners $45,260 $21.72 71,600 44% bachelor’s
11. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers3 $64,380 $30.90 53,700 44% associate’s
12. Occupational Therapy Assistants $51,010 $24.48 36,000 43% high school diploma or equivalent
13. Physical Therapist Aides $23,680 $11.37 114,400 43% high school diploma
14. Glaziers4 $36,640 $17.59 41,900 42% high school diploma or equivalent
15. Interpreters and Translators $43,300 $20.78 58,400 42% bachelor’s
16. Medical Secretaries $30,530 $14.65 4,010,200 41% high school diploma or equivalent
17. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $60,570 $29.07 282,700 41% bachelor’s
18. Marriage and Family Therapists $45,720 $21.95 156,300 41% master's
19. Brickmasons and Blockmasons $46,930 $22.53 104,800 41% high school diploma or equivalent
20. Physical Therapists $76,310 $36.63 198,600 39% doctoral or professional
21. Dental Hygienists $68,250 $32.76 181,800 38% associate’s
22. Bicycle Repairers $23,660 $11.36 10,490 38% high school diploma or equivalent
23. Audiologists5 $66,660 $32.00 13,000 37% doctoral or professional
24. Health Educators $45,830 $22.00 63,400 37% bachelor’s
25. Stonemasons $37,180 $17.85 104,800 37% high school diploma or equivalent
26. Cost Estimators6 $57,860 $27.77 185,400 36% bachelor’s
27. Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $76,700 $36.82 100,000 36% doctoral or professional
28. Mental Health Counselors $38,150 $18.31 156,300 36% master's
29. Pile-Driver Operators7 $47,860 $22.97 404,900 36% high school diploma or equivalent
30. Veterinarians $82,040 $39.38 61,400 36% doctoral or professional


III. Descriptions of Select Occupations
1. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons: "Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial [the roof of the mouth that forms the upper jaw] regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects ...[and] to improve function or appearance."

2. Prosthodontists: "Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth [like dentures] and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of the mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance."

3. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers: "[U]se special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient's body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions."

4. Glaziers: "[I]nstall glass in windows, skylights, storefronts, and display cases to create distinctive designs or reduce the need for artificial lighting."

5. Audiologists: "[D]iagnose and treat a patient's hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures."

6. Cost Estimators: "[C]ollect and analyze data to estimate the time, money, resources, and labor required for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services. Some specialize in a particular industry or product type."

7. Pile-Driver Operators: "Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive trains to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers."


Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational and Employment Statistics," www.bls.gov, Mar. 29, 2013
Photo Source: Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, "Satellite [Image]," www.cdn.colorado.gov (accessed Oct. 25, 2013)