Special Report

79 Jobs With Six Figure Salaries

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59. Electronics engineers, except computer
> Avg. annual wage: $110,210
> 10% of workers earn less than: $66,620
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 128,800
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: -0.9%

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, including broadcast and communications systems and Global Positioning System devices. Some electronics engineers who work for the federal government develop devices used in aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. Those with these jobs hold a bachelor’s degree, and employers also value real-world experience such as internships

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58. Industrial-organizational psychologists
> Avg. annual wage: $111,150
> 10% of workers earn less than: $51,080
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 630
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +12.8%

Industrial-organizational psychologists apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing issues in the workplace. The job may include policy planning, improving worker productivity, employee testing and selection, and organizational development. People in these positions typically hold a master’s degree. Job prospects for the 10-year period ending 2028 are considered stronger than the overall job outlook.

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57. Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers
> Avg. annual wage: $111,620
> 10% of workers earn less than: $64,240
> Typical entry-level edu. required: N/A
> Total employment: 1,406,870
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: N/A

Software developers create the applications or systems that run on computers. They usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Their job prospects are expected to be strong to address the workplace demand for computer software.

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56. Nurse practitioners
> Avg. annual wage: $111,840
> 10% of workers earn less than: $81,410
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 200,600
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +28.2%

A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has a master’s degree and completed additional training in a specialty area of medicine. They have more authority for administering patient care compared with registered nurses. As with most professions related to health care, demand for nurse practitioners will be high as the U.S. population ages.

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55. Engineering teachers, postsecondary
> Avg. annual wage: $112,110
> 10% of workers earn less than: $53,030
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 36,080
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +11.2%

Engineering teachers teach classes that focus on the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. They teach subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and petroleum engineering. To teach on the postsecondary level, they need to have a doctorate or professional degree. The job outlook for engineering teachers is well above the national job outlook average.

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54. Education administrators, postsecondary
> Avg. annual wage: $112,400
> 10% of workers earn less than: $55,320
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 144,880
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +7.0%

Postsecondary education administrators supervise student services, academics, and faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. The job typically requires a master’s degree. The job outlook for postsecondary education administrators is considered to be slightly better than the forecast for the national job average.

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53. Physician assistants
> Avg. annual wage: $112,410
> 10% of workers earn less than: $72,720
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 120,090
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +31.1%

Physician assistants work with doctors and other health care workers in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other health care locations. They typically need a master’s degree from an accredited educational program and have to hold a state license. Physician assistants will be in great demand as evidenced by the BLS projected employment outlook of greater than 31% for the 10-year period ending in 2028.

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52. Sales engineers
> Avg. annual wage: $112,780
> 10% of workers earn less than: $59,180
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 63,550
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +5.6%

Sales engineers sell scientific and technological products or services to businesses and are required to work irregular hours to meet sales goals and client demands. Sales engineers usually need a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a thorough knowledge of the products they sell.

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51. Computer network architects
> Avg. annual wage: $115,110
> 10% of workers earn less than: $64,770
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 152,420
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +5.3%

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, such as local area networks, wide area networks, and Intranets. The job typically requires a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related area. Demand for computer network architects will grow as companies enlarge their IT networks.

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50. Industrial production managers
> Avg. annual wage: $115,110
> 10% of workers earn less than: $65,050
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 185,790
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +0.7%

Industrial production managers supervise the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. The job requires a bachelor’s degree and related work experience. Because of the steady decline of manufacturing in the U.S., job prospects for this field will likely be limited.