Choosing the perfect career can be a daunting task. But if you have to choose then why not choose from one of the top-paying ever. We’re going to look at the top 10 high-paying jobs in the USA, based on how much they can pay you, the availability of the jobs, and how many of them can help you lead a good life.
When deciding on a career international students typically just look for what’s the salary figure that they can get. But there’s a lot of other things that you have to look out for or rather watch out for when you’re coming to the US for work. It’s not just the base salary but it’s also important to know about how many jobs are available in the market because you might have a job that is really high paying but also because there’s very few of them and it requires lots of specialization. So the list that I’ve made is the top 10 high paying jobs in USA based on all of these factors combined. These are:
1) Physician (Avg $240,000 per year)
The average salary of a physician is $240,000 in the US. It is one of the most high paying jobs in USA. Physicians can make a lot of money but also they spend a ton of time just studying and earning a degree, getting their license and getting all the requirements completed. Everybody knows who a physician is. They are basically treating patients and taking care of public health. Now physicians and surgeons have one of the most difficult admission requirements and study requirements in the US. Hot cities for this job are New York, Tempa, Las Vegas and Boston.
2) Pharmacist (Avg $129,000 per year)
They earn about $129,000 as a base income in the US. A pharmacist’s job is basically to dispense prescription drugs and medications to patients and also help them to understand their prescriptions and help them live a healthy lifestyle. About 300,000 pharmacists are working in the US and a majority of them works in a pharmacy or drug store across the country. To become a pharmacist, you need to have a basic doctor of pharmacy degree.
3) Attorney (Avg $126,000 per year)
An Attorney earns about $126,000 in a year as a base income. Their job is to defend or plead for a client in their court cases or any legal issues that they might have. I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with what an attorney is. Now if you are an international student or you have been trained in your country in law then it might actually be tough for you to come here and start from that point. You might have to start from scratch because the jurisdiction and law here is very different and they don’t really accept international legal studies. So based on the state where you are living you should learn the law of the land. It’s hard but it’s not impossible.
4) Physicians Assistant (Avg $117,000 per year)
They earn about $117,000 on average per year in the US. A physician’s assistant is a person who assists a physician as the name suggests in their office and take care of all the physician’s patients under the supervision of the physician. To become a physician’s assistant requires two to three years of education and if you have some of the behavioural and medical sciences like microbiology, anatomy and physiology in your program that’s all it takes to become a physician’s assistant. You don’t even need any post-study training. Hot cities for this job are New York, Baltimore, Boston, and Columbus.
5) Software Development Managers (Avg $112,000 per year)
A software development manager can earn about $112,000 per year in the US. The primary responsibility is to be able to manage people, resources, software and processes in the IT function of a company. In small organizations like startups, managers can actually take a very hands-on role in thinking about business decisions and the next feature that will go out on an existing product or a new product.
To pursue a career as a software manager you need a basic bachelor’s degree in computer science and then you can join a company as a software engineer. Then you should gain some level of expertise to become a software development manager. Hot cities for this job are Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Austin, Boston and New York City.
6) Nurse Practitioner (Avg $109,000 per year)
A nurse practitioner in the US can earn up to about $109,000 per year as a base starting salary. Now a nurse practitioner’s job is not that easy. Their primary responsibility is to diagnose a patient’s illness then be able to interpret and understand patients diagnostic tests and reports. Then also be able to prescribe medications and drugs to them. The path to becoming a nurse practitioner in the US begins with a bachelor’s degree in nursing followed by a license and some level of experience that you need to gain as a registered nurse.
Typically a nurse practitioner needs about two to three years of post Bachelorette experience in the field compared to physicians who actually need about seven years of experience in the field. Hot cities for this job are Los Angels, Portland, Baltimore, Columbus and Boston.
7) Solution Architect (Avg S103,000 per year)
A solution architect in the US can earn a starting base salary of $103,000 per year, and it goes up based on what tools and technologies they are familiar with. For instance who understand Java J2EE applications can earn slightly higher than the average solution architect. Their primary responsibility is understanding business needs and requirements and then translating them back to technical requirements and then getting it done from the ream. That is typically what the solution architect does in a company. They sit in a very important position between the business and the technical team.
So what do you need to study to get into this role? Typically you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems. But for a solution architect, you might also need to complete a few really important certifications and you also need a little bit of experience as a software engineer. Major cities where you can get a job as a solution architect are Austin, Charlotte, Boston, and New York.
8) Financial Planner(Avg $102,000 per year)
This person takes care of a company’s business forecasting and earns close to $102,000 per year on average. This person is responsible for having a keen eye on the company’s financial data. They are always looking at trends, deviations, and fluctuations in the financial data. Their job is extremely important to the company. Most employers require you to have a bachelor’s degree in finance, but if you have an MBA on top of that, then it is brilliant. A little bit of experience always helps a lot of companies as they are looking for experience while hiring for these roles. Hot cities for these jobs are Atlanta, Memphis, and New York.
9) Cloud Engineer (Avg $97,000 per year)
A cloud engineer is a person who works on the cloud with cloud software, tools and technologies. You must have heard about these three prominent cloud providers Google, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. These are the three cloud providers that are prominent and people who work on these cloud technologies are known as cloud engineers.
To become a cloud engineer, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or management of information systems. You can follow that up with a little bit of experience in the field since cloud technologies are new you don’t really have to worry about having a lot of experience before you get into your job. The top cities for this job are Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and California.
10) Data Scientist (Avg $96,000 per year)
A data scientist is a person who sits at the intersection of Business and technology and they like to churn huge amounts of data and make decisions out of data. This requires a specialized skill set because nowadays the amount of data we collect is so extremely large. So to become a data scientist you need to have a background in computer science and statistics. You need to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and gain some knowledge in the industry. Then go and apply for a data scientist job. You may need a masters degree in computer science.
Now with the advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning the data scientists job has really become popular with a lot of them making upwards of $120,000. If you look at the stats in the last three years the number of data scientists jobs has increased by 320%. That’s a heavy increase and the salaries have actually increased by more than 33%. That tells you that the data scientist job is a highly lucrative one. The best cities to be data scientists are Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.
This is the list of current top 10 high paying jobs in USA. Let us know what do you think about these jobs and share your thoughts.