For many people, the goal of their career is to receive a decent-sized paycheck and keep moving up the pay scale. And because we live in a free-market society, the jobs that make this possible vary a lot. Some jobs provide you with more than enough to fulfill your life’s ambitions and goals, while others—not so much. Here, we take a look at some of the most lucrative positions with one caveat: we’ve excluded jobs like being a CEO of a multimillion dollar corporation because they’re a) fairly unrealistic to expect most people to walk into it, and b) only a small handful of CEOs get huge bonuses each year.
It’s one of the most dangerous occupations you can try your hand at, but it pays exceedingly well, too (up to $15,000 to $20,000/month). Fishers only have a three-month season in which they can get their work done, so the pressure’s on to make the most of it. They sail out of Alaska or the Aleutian Islands in the fall, work 16- to 20-hour days, and endure ridiculously cold and wet conditions.
But for sacrificing a few months out of your year, you can make enough money not to have to work for the rest of it. Unfortunately, it’s not a guaranteed income, so if the fishing is scarce or you get hit with a spate of storms, your take-home pay could be a lot less than you expected.
This is one occupation that keeps coming up again and again, but that’s because it pays so darn well. To simplify things, we’ve divided up the most lucrative subsets of engineering:
Petroleum Engineering: Starting salary $98,000, mid-career salary $163,000
Aerospace Engineering: Starting salary $62,500, mid-career salary $118,000
Chemical Engineering: Starting salary $67,500, mid-career salary $111,000
Nuclear Engineering: Starting salary $66,800, mid-career salary $107,000
Electrical Engineering: Starting salary $63,400, mid-career salary $106,000
Computer Engineering: Starting salary $62,700, mid-career salary $105,000
All data taken from Cornerstone
In exchange for spending thousands of miles behind the wheel of a huge vehicle, you’ll start earning $43,200 right off the bat. And while it’s a tough job that doesn’t afford a lot of time to be physically active, you need no college degree for it, saving you tens of thousands. You’ll need to drive for a little while to establish a good record but once you do, your salary can climb to about $85,000.
If you’ve got little sense of smell, can heft heavy tools, and don’t mind get splattered in gunk, then plumbing can be a very lucrative position—especially if you’re your own business. Salaries start around $41,000 a year and only go up, particularly if you hook up with big corporations like condos or commercial buildings.
Talking about what you do during the average day may not be the best choice for dinner party conversation, but all that’s forgotten when you bring home a meaty paycheck. Once you’ve established your practice for a few years, you’ll be bringing home around $226,000 a year—not bad pocket change for a slightly unpleasant task.
These lucrative occupations were chosen because of their starting and potential earnings, accessibility, and ease of work in the United States. And although we’ve missed quite a few, these were some of the more interesting careers that you can apply yourself at.
For a list of 25 lucrative positions, visit http://www.businesspundit.com/25-well-paying-jobs-that-most-people-overlook-and-why/?img=4367