The college debt crisis has left thousands of young Americans financially crippled as they attempt to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. In addition, there is no shortage of college dropouts success stories such as self-made billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
Still, without a college education, the path to a high-paying job is much harder for most Americans. Postsecondary education is a prerequisite for many higher-paying jobs. On average, wages rise with education level. While the median annual wage of a person with a high school diploma is $37,110 a year, it is $71,530 for someone with a bachelor’s degree and $103,280 for those with doctoral or professional degree.
While the absolute highest paying jobs typically require a master’s, doctoral or professional degree, many of the other jobs in the top 50 require only a bachelor’s degree, or even, in one case, just an associate degree. Eight of the 10 best-jobs are in healthcare.
To identify the 50 highest paying jobs that typically require a college degree, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual median wage estimates for all occupations from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.