Special Report

79 Jobs With Six Figure Salaries

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49. Medical and health services managers
> Avg. annual wage: $115,160
> 10% of workers earn less than: $58,820
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 394,910
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +17.6%

Medical and health services managers coordinate the business activities of health care providers. Most people in this occupation have at least a bachelor’s degree, however, master’s degrees holders are common. As with most professions related to health care, demand for medical and health services managers will be strong as the population ages.

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48. Economists
> Avg. annual wage: $116,630
> 10% of workers earn less than: $59,450
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 19,000
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +8.1%

Economists analyze data, trends, and assess economic issues for institutions such as financial firms, universities, and think-tanks. Most need at least a master’s degree or a doctorate to perform the job. Job prospects for economists are best for those with strong analytical skills and experience using statistical analysis software.

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47. Chemical engineers
> Avg. annual wage: $117,090
> 10% of workers earn less than: $66,810
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 30,120
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +6.3%

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to seek solutions that involve fuel, drugs, food, and other items. Chemical engineers must have a chemical engineering degree. They spend a good deal of time at industrial plants and refineries to monitor operations at those locations. Demand for these jobs will be about as fast as the average for all occupations for the 10-year period ending in 2028, according to BLS.

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46. Economics teachers, postsecondary
> Avg. annual wage: $119,160
> 10% of workers earn less than: $51,090
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 13,270
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +7.9%

Postsecondary economics teachers teach classes in economics. There are more economics teachers in New York, 2,080, than any other state. Typically, postsecondary economics teachers must have a Ph.D.

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45. Aerospace engineers
> Avg. annual wage: $119,220
> 10% of workers earn less than: $72,450
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 63,200
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +1.7%

Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. They must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or an engineering field or science related to aerospace systems. They also need security clearance to work for national defense. BLS projects a decrease in employment of aerospace engineers in the manufacturing industry over the 10-year period ending in 2028.

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44. Personal financial advisors
> Avg. annual wage: $119,290
> 10% of workers earn less than: $42,950
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 210,190
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +7.0%

Personal financial advisors provide advice to help people manage their finances and plan for their financial future. Personal financial advisors usually need a bachelor’s degree, though a master’s degree and certification can improve chances to advance. Demand for financial planning services should rise as baby boomers retire and life expectancies increase.

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43. Air traffic controllers
> Avg. annual wage: $120,140
> 10% of workers earn less than: $68,330
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Associate’s degree
> Total employment: 22,090
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +1.3%

Air traffic controllers monitor and coordinate the movement of aircraft to make sure they keep safe distances between them. The work is stressful, and night, weekend, and rotating shifts are the norm for this job. To be an air traffic controller, a person must be a U.S. citizen, pass medical and background checks, have an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree from the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative program, and take courses at the Federal Aviation Administration academy. BLS forecasts little employment change for air traffic controllers from 2018 to 2028.

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42. Political scientists
> Avg. annual wage: $120,260
> 10% of workers earn less than: $60,960
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 6,010
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +5.3%

Political scientists teach about the development of political systems. They require a master’s degree or doctorate in political science, public administration, or a similar field. BLS predicts strong competition for political scientist jobs for the 10-year period ending in 2028.

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41. Nuclear engineers
> Avg. annual wage: $120,700
> 10% of workers earn less than: $71,860
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 15,850
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: -0.5%

Nuclear engineers try to harness the energy released from nuclear reactions to benefit humankind. They work at nuclear power plants, create submarine propulsion systems, develop medical diagnostic equipment such as MRI machines, and build radioactive-waste disposal facilities. Nuclear engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering. The job forecast for the occupation is for little change because many utilities are choosing cheaper natural gas for power generation.

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40. Actuaries
> Avg. annual wage: $120,970
> 10% of workers earn less than: $64,860
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 22,260
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +20.1%

Actuaries use mathematics and statistics to analyze and assess the financial costs of risk and uncertainty for companies. Actuaries need a bachelor’s degree and must pass a series of exams for certification. The job outlook for actuaries is much stronger than the national average for occupations, as emerging risks develop.