Special Report

79 Jobs With Six Figure Salaries

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39. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary
> Avg. annual wage: $121,620
> 10% of workers earn less than: $44,350
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 201,920
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +23.2%

Postsecondary health specialties teachers teach courses in health specialties, in fields like dentistry, laboratory technology, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine. A doctorate or professional degree is required. The job outlook for postsecondary health specialties teachers for the 10-year period ending 2028 is very strong, like other health-related occupations.

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38. Astronomers
> Avg. annual wage: $122,270
> 10% of workers earn less than: $59,420
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 2,070
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +4.7%

Astronomers study the universe and the celestial objects that are within it, such as planets, stars, galaxies, asteroids, and black holes. Astronomers typically need a Ph.D. for jobs in research and academia. Astronomy is a small field, with about 6,000 astronomers in North America, according to the American Astronomical Society, and very little growth in the occupation is forecast by the BLS.

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37. Optometrists
> Avg. annual wage: $122,980
> 10% of workers earn less than: $59,200
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 39,420
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +9.5%

Optometrists diagnose and treat eye diseases, injuries, and other disorders. Optometrists must complete a doctor of optometry degree program and obtain a state license to practice. Because vision problems often happen later in life, an aging baby-boomer population will require more optometrists.

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36. Computer hardware engineers
> Avg. annual wage: $123,030
> 10% of workers earn less than: $68,460
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 67,880
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +6.1%

Computer hardware engineers research, design, and develop computer systems and their components. Computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They work mostly in computer systems design services and in manufacturing. Demand for these jobs will be lower because more technological innovation occurs with software rather than with hardware.

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35. General and operations managers
> Avg. annual wage: $123,030
> 10% of workers earn less than: $45,050
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 2,400,280
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +6.9%

General and operations managers plan and direct the operations of public or private sector organizations and supervise various departments or locations. A bachelor’s degree for this occupation is required. Job growth for general and operations managers is expected to be spurred by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones.

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34. Training and development managers
> Avg. annual wage: $123,470
> 10% of workers earn less than: $64,720
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 38,510
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +8.1%

Training and development managers plan, coordinate, and direct skills-enhancement programs for the staff of an organization. They are found in every industry and the job requires a bachelor’s degree. Job prospects for training and development managers should be favorable because of ongoing need for workplace training and education.

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33. Pharmacists
> Avg. annual wage: $125,510
> 10% of workers earn less than: $88,400
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 311,200
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: -0.0%

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and advise on their safe use. Pharmacists must have a doctor of pharmacy degree in order to work and they must also be licensed. Employment in retail pharmacies will be negatively impacted by increasing sales through mail order and online pharmacies.

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32. Computer and information research scientists
> Avg. annual wage: $127,460
> 10% of workers earn less than: $69,990
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 30,780
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +16.5%

Computer and information research scientists invent and design computing technology and find new uses for existing technology. Most of these jobs require a master’s degree in computer science or a related field, though for the federal government, a bachelor’s degree may suffice. BLS forecasts more than 16% employment growth in the 10-year period ending in 2028 because many companies report difficulty in finding these workers.

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31. Purchasing managers
> Avg. annual wage: $128,400
> 10% of workers earn less than: $71,450
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 72,100
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +3.9%

Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents, who buy products and services for organizations. Purchasing managers usually have a bachelor’s degree and several years work experience. Because of outsourcing and automation of less complex procurement functions, job prospects for this occupation are not considered strong by BLS.

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30. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates
> Avg. annual wage: $128,550
> 10% of workers earn less than: $39,110
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 28,670
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +3.1%

Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates apply the law by overseeing the nation’s legal process in courts. Judges usually have law degrees and have worked as lawyers. Some administrative law judge, hearing officer, and magistrate positions may require a bachelor’s degree. The BLS predicts employment of judges and hearing officers is projected to grow 3% from 2018 to 2028, which is slower than the average for all occupations.