When it comes to finding the highest paying jobs we first need to qualify the types of jobs we researched. Jobs such as doctors, lawyers, etc will be on any list that you read however we built this list based on careers where you’ll be eligible for them after a four-year degree.
1. Biomedical Engineer: Biomedical engineer uses the principle of engineering together with biology and medicine to analyze, design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in solving problems in healthcare. Biomedical engineers do the installation, maintenance and repair medical machines and equipment. They do work generally with medical scientist, life scientist and chemists. They are also involved in research and development of medical innovations like artificial organs and prosthesis.
The educational qualification to become a biomedical engineer is a 4-year bachelors’ degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited program in order to enter the occupation. Alternatively, a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then choose a course in biological science electives. Obtaining a masters degree or Ph.D. are helpful in landing good job positions. They require additional skills such as; Analytical skills, communication skills, creativity, math skills, and problem-solving skills.
The median annual wage for biomedical engineers is $86,950, with a lower 10% wage of less than $52,680 and a higher 10% earned more than $139,350. The salary wage for biomedical engineers differs in top industries, Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences earn $97,160, Navigational, measuring, electromedical and control instruments manufacturing earns $ 91,480, Hospital; state, local and private earns $72,060. It has an employment rate of about 23% growth from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
This career is about installation, maintenance, repair or provision of technical support for biomedical equipment, evaluation of safety, efficiencies, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment. They present research findings to scientists, non-scientists executives, clinicians, hospital management, engineers, other colleagues, and the public.
2. Software Engineer: These are engineers that take charge of testing, designing, development, and maintenance of computer and of personal use. They make use of the principles of engineering, computer science and mathematics in creating managing software and are responsible for programming computers in order to make them operate as they should. They are involved in the development of the software of the systems that enables computers to operate successfully. The educational qualification required for this profession is a bachelors’ degree in computer science or software engineering. It also requires additional skills in the programming of computers and also an experience in computer systems is a plus, and It is a 4-year course. A master degree in computer engineering in this field gives an edge in job opportunities.
The median salary wage for software engineers is around $70,900, with a median 50% pay that ranges from $55,510 to $88,660; however, the lowest 10% earned is below $44,830, while the highest 10% earned is more than $109,800. The salary differs in area of specialisation; software publisher earns $76,450 per annum, computer systems design and related services earns $71,890 per annum, Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing earns $75,890 per annum, Architectural, engineering, and related services earns $70,090 per annum and scientific research and development services earns $82,270 per annum. The employment growth is projected at 19%, much faster than average for all occupations. This career gives a flexible opportunity for the individuals that are in the field, by offering a wide range of job opportunities that are open. They possess flexible skills that are used in several industries such as; networking and web firms, global companies, government agencies, medical institutions, manufacturing firms and military.
3. Software Developer: Software developers are creative minds that are behind computer programs, they analyze user’s needs and run a design, test, and develop software to meet people's need. They collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software and ensure that a program functions continually through software maintenance and testing procedures. Software developers develop the applications that allow people to do a specific task on a computer or another device. The educational qualification requires for software developers is a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering or a degree in mathematics and strong computer programming skills. in addition to this; they possess analytical, communicational, computer, creativity, detailed-oriented, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
The median annual wage for software developers, applications is $95,510, with a median lower 10% wage of $56,310 earned per annum and a higher 10% wage of $149,480. The median annual wage for software developers, systems software is $102,880 and a lowest 10% earned is $63,250, while a higher 10% earned is more than $154,800. It has an employment rate of 17% from 2014 to 2024 for software developers, while that of software for application developers is projected to grow at 19% and that of system developers is projected to grow at 13%.
Software developers as a career are all bout being in charge of the entire development process for a software program. Developers do work with computer programmers closely and write codes for themselves instead of giving instructions to programmers. They are well as designers for applications, software and also code writing and checking for bugs in software and are often natural problem solvers.
4. Computer Information and Information Research Scientist: The computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computer technology, with innovative uses for existing technology. They also study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science and other fields. They do publish findings in academic journals and present their findings at conferences, they create and improve computer software and findings; however, they simplify algorithms to make computer systems as efficient as possible. They work with electrical engineers, computer hardware engineers, and other specialists on multidisciplinary projects. They have specialties in this field which includes; Data mining, Robotics, and Programming.
The minimum qualification to obtain a job is Ph.D. in computer science or a related field such as computer engineering. The educational qualification for this profession is to obtain a 4-5 year study of Bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field such as computer science or information system. The additional skills required for this profession includes; Analytical skills, communication skills, logical thinking, math skills, Ingenuity, and critical thinking skills.
The median annual wage for Computer and information research scientists is $108, 360, with a lower 10% earned of $66,030 per annum, and a higher 10% earned of $165,600. The employment rate of Computer and information research scientists has a growth rate of 11% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Computer and information research scientists turn ideas into industry-leading technology as they give superb and efficient delivery of the job. They design new computer architecture that improves the performance and efficiency of computer hardware. They also write algorithms that are used to detect and analyze patterns in a very large data sets, improving ways to sort, manage, and display data, and building of algorithms into software packages that makes data easier for analysts to use.
5. Nutritionist and Dieticians: Nutritionist and dieticians are professionals who make use of food and nutrition to promote health and management disease, they give advice on what to eat and what not to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. They assess patients and clients nutritional and health needs, development of meal plans, considering both cost and clients preferences into account. Nutritionist and dieticians keep up with the lasts food and nutritional science research.
The educational qualification for Nutritionist and dieticians is a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, food and nutrition, clinical nutrition, public health nutrition or areas related to it. In addition to this, they require a training program in form of internship following graduation after college. However, some states required licensing, certification, and registrations in the state board in order for them to practice. They have additional skills of compassion, listening, organizational, problem-solving and speaking. The median wage for dietitians and nutritionist is $57,910 per annum, while the lowest 10% median wage is $35,240 earned per annum, and the highest 10% percent earned is more than $80,950 per annum. The employment rate for Nutritionist and dieticians is projected to have a growth rate of 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average for all occupation. Nutritionist and dieticians provide good choices of nutrition and food that can make an individual looks healthy, whether it’s a proper diet or eating to manage the symptoms of a disease or chronic condition. They evaluate the health of their clients, write reports to document patient’s progress.
6. Credit Analysts: Credit analysts are professionals that are responsible for gathering and analyzing financial data about clients’ which includes payment history, earnings and savings information, and purchase activities. However, they evaluate data that are gathered from their clients and recommends a course of action for it. The minimum educational requirement for Credit analysts is a 4-year bachelor’s degree either in finance, accounting or a related field such as; statistics and economics. However, an option in certification is required for credit analysts in the following, NACA-CSCA level 1, 2, and 3. In addition to this, some skills are required such as diligence, quantitative analysis skills, written and oral communication skills, knowledge of industries, multitasking and prioritization skills and experience with the financial software.
The median salary wage per annum for credit analyst is $69,640. While those earning 75% per annum is $83,210 and those earning 90% is $115,240. This salary depends on the work choice of the state. It has an employment rate of about 10 to 20% from 2004 to 2014. credit analyst job description is based on employer, however, they are responsible for evaluating clients credit data and financial statements in order to determine the degree of risk involved in lending money to them. Preparing reports about client’s financial status, conferring with credit associations and references about exchange credit information on clients.
7. Social Media Manager: Social media manager is a professional that communicates with organization's customers and clients through social media such as facebook, twitter, LinkedIn e.t.c. They determine the social media strategy in support of plans, objectives, and campaigns to help build content that is relevant for marketing to target audience, to drive engagement and establishing the resource requirements needed for execution. The educational requirement required fro Social media manager is a bachelor’s degree in Business, English, communications, Journalism, Advertising or marketing. A master’s degree is also preferred fro this profession, in additional to this an excellent writing, communication, and computer skills are required and also a good understanding of social media marketing techniques.
The median annual wage for Social media manager is $56,770, it has an employment growth rate of about 6% from 2104 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupation. Social media managers lead and manage the social media team of managers, editors, writers as well as project producers, managing of online advocacy, social community outreach efforts, training, governance, issues monitoring, channel and campaign measurement to achieve business objectives.
8. Public Relation Specialist: Public relation specialists are professionals who communicate with the public on behalf of companies, organizations, and governments. They assist organizations and individuals with building and maintaining a positive public image. Public relation specialists act as representatives of firms on news media, organizing official public appearance and events. They spread their client's or employer’s message to the public through the media.
The education qualification required for Public relation specialists is having a college degree in communications, public relations or journalism and also an experience is needed. Some employers prefer a 4-year bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing or communications and an accreditation is require for those with industry experience. In addition to this, some skills are required such as creativity, self-confidence, initiative, writing, problem-solving decision making and research skills, and also ability to communicate clearly. Public relation specialists have a median salary of $51,960 per annum, with a lower 10% earned per annum of $31,690 and a higher 10% earned per annum of $110,080. The employment rate of Public relation specialists is expected to have a growth rate of 6% from 2014 to 2024.
Public relation specialists responsibilities ranges from acting as a company spokesperson for various media inquiries and speaks directly to the press on behalf of clients, preparing a client for press conferences, media interviews, and speeches. cultivating and maintaining close and productive relationships with journalists, bloggers, and opinion leaders, and to generate positive publicity for clients and enhancing their reputation.
9. Elevator Installers and Repairers: Elevator Installers and repairers are professionals that are involved in the installation, fixing, and maintenance of elevators, escalators, and other lifts. They read blueprints to determine the equipment needed for installation or repair, and also ensuring elevator compliance with safety regulations and building codes. Elevator Installers and Repairers install or repair elevator doors, cables, motors, and the control systems. They are also called elevator mechanics or constructors.
The minimum educational qualification required for Elevator Installers and Repairers is a high school diploma or equivalent. However, it requires a 4-year apprenticeship, in which they teach them how to do installations, reading of blue prints, electrical theory, and electronics. After which a license and certification are awarded to the Elevator Installers and Repairers after a pass in the exam. They must have detail-oriented skills, physical stamina, mechanical skills, and troubleshooting skills. The median salary wage for Elevator Installers and Repairers is $80,870, with the lowest 10% earned per annum of $40,140, and the highest 10% earned is more than $111,370. The employment rate of Elevator Installers and Repairers is projected to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
They specialize in installation, maintenance, or repair work. Maintenance and repair workers generally require greater knowledge of electronics, hydraulics, and electricity than do installers; however, a large part of maintenance and repair work is troubleshooting. Modern elevators have computerized control systems, resulting in more complex systems and troubleshooting than in the past.
I wanted to end with healthcare in general as we are seeing such a massive increase in pay when it comes to healthcare related jobs. Careers as nurses have skyrocketed as the lack of qualified nurses over the past 5 years have suffered. States are not allowing schools to enroll as many nurses are needed and states have nurses that are retiring at record numbers. Research all available healthcare careers and find the one that is right for you.