10. Physician assistants
> Median annual earnings: $99,372
> Total number of workers: 113,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +31.3%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 90.5%
Physician assistants, who help doctors provide medical care and can provide many of the services that physicians do, are one of the 10 highest paying jobs in America. The typical physician assistant earns $99,372 per year. This career field generally requires a high level of education — more than 90% of physician assistants hold at least a bachelor’s degree, and nearly three-quarters have at least a master’s degree.
Of the 25 highest paying jobs, none has a labor force as young as physician assistants. The typical worker in this field is 39.0 years old, younger than the typical American worker by 3.5 years. As a growing share of the American population reaches age 65 and older, medical care providers like physician assistants will become more and more in demand. The career field is projected to grow by 31.3% from 2019 to 2029, the fourth highest rate of any job in America.
9. Software developers
> Median annual earnings: $99,840
> Total number of workers: 1,742,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: N/A
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: N/A
Software developers design and create applications and systems that operate on computers, smart phones, and other devices. The majority of these workers earn over $99,000 a year, nearly double the median annual earnings for all jobs in the U.S., which is $51,168.
Software developers tend to be younger than workers in many of the highest paying jobs in America. The median age of a software developer is 39.1 years old, well below the median age for all American workers of 42.5 years old.
8. Aerospace engineers
> Median annual earnings: $100,828
> Total number of workers: 121,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +2.8%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 90.1%
Aerospace engineers are employed in one of just eight career fields in which the majority of workers earn six-figure salaries. These workers design and build devices like aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles.
For most jobs on this list, there projected to be well over 10,000 job openings a year over the next decade. Yet aerospace engineering could be a difficult field to break into, with the BLS projecting fewer than 4,000 job openings per year for aerospace engineers from 2019 to 2029.
7. Computer and information systems managers
> Median annual earnings: $104,936
> Total number of workers: 703,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +10.4%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 74.8%
Computer and information systems managers are responsible for overseeing an organization’s electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. The job requires both the special training needed to run computer systems as well as the increased responsibility of serving in a management role. These managers typically need five or more years of on-the-job training with IT systems before they are considered for management. Because of the skills and experience needed, computer and information systems managers tend to be very well compensated, with a median annual income of nearly $105,000.
As organizations move increasingly large shares of their businesses online, the demand for computer and information systems managers is expected to be much greater than the demand for a typical job. The BLS projects employment of systems managers to increase by 10.4% from 2019 to 2029, nearly triple the projected growth rate for all jobs.
6. Information security analysts
> Median annual earnings: $108,056
> Total number of workers: 125,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +31.2%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 69.2%
Information security analysts work to secure computer systems from data breaches. About 125,000 people work as information security analysts in America, most of whom earn over $108,000 per year.
Information security analysis is one of the fastest growing career fields in the U.S. The BLS projects the number of jobs in the field to increase by 31.2% from 2019 to 2029, higher than all but four other jobs. As people and companies put more and more information online, cyber attacks have grown more common, and companies will increasingly rely on these security analysts to keep data secure.
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