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Top 10 highest paying jobs in 2012 (US)

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-06-21
If you’re in college struggling to decide on what your major should be, this list of the top 10 highest paying jobs in 2012 should help give you an idea.  While the competition may be stiff to get into some of these fields, the salary will be well worth the effort you put into it. These careers have good starting salaries and top earners are amongst some of the wealthiest in the nation. So put the books down for a second and take in this information that might change your thoughts on what career you want to pursue.

10 Psychiatrists

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Psychiatrists have been among the highest paid careers for quite some time now. Many people tend to mistake Psychiatry for Psychology, or use the terms interchangeably. However, there’s a difference between Psychiatrists and Psychologists.  In order to get into the Psychiatry field, you have to study medicine, as Psychiatrists prescribe medications for people with treatable disorders. The average salary of Psychiatrists is $174,170. More info

9 Chief Executives

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The corporate ladder can be somewhat confusing at times and different businesses structure there’s differently. However, one position you’ll find on any corporate ladder is the Chief Executive.  This is the person who is responsible for making sure the shareholders are getting a return on their money and is usually the person the finger gets pointed at when things go wrong. It’s typically the level that many Business majors aspire to reach, and for an average salary of $176,550, it’s understandable. More info

8 Family and General Practitioners

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Whenever you get sick and don’t know what’s wrong with you, your first stop is usually your General Practitioner (GP). Since they are usually the first step towards getting better, I think it’s safe to say they deserve to make the list of highest earning jobs. Like many jobs in the medical field, the Baby Boomer Generation accounted for a majority GP’s and now that they are retiring, there’s a need for new people to fill the positions. If you need any motivation to get into this field, the annual salary of $177,330 should make the choice easier. More info

7 Physicians

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This career path is very popular due to the fact that it appears on just about every Top 10 Jobs List you can find. What physicians do is examine and diagnose injuries. They will also analyze your medical history and prescribe medication. Becoming a physician does involve a decent amount of school however. Generally, you have to have a 4 year degree, attend 4 years of medical school and have a few years of internship and residency under your belt. But after all the hard work, you’ll be rewarded with an annual salary of around $184,650. More info

6 General Internists

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I think you’re starting to get the hint that the medical field is the one to be in. General Internists are responsible for diagnosing and treating issues with a patient’s internal organs. Usually, they do not perform any type of surgery. You may have been referred to an internist by your General Practitioner for more advanced health issues that have to do with internal illnesses. It’s not uncommon for Internists to serve as primary doctors for some instead of a GP. The average salary for this career path is $189,210. More info

5 Orthodontists

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This position is perhaps every kid’s worse nightmare. The job of an Orthodontist is to repair issues with a patient’s bite, tooth irregularity and most dental placement irregularities. The most popular task of Orthodontists is dealing with oral hardware such as braces and retainers. In the past, it was common to get accepted into dental school with just 2 years of formal college. However, more and more dental schools are requiring you to have a 4 year agree recently. You may have feared Orthodontists when you were young, but the annual salary of $204,670 should be enough to help you overcome that fear. More info

4 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are amongst some of the highest paid professionals in the medical sector, averaging an annual salary of around $217,380. Due to the technical expertise needed to perform oral surgeries, be prepared to spend at least 8 years in training through school and a residency program before you get started. More info

3 Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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If you’ve been through a pregnancy, you know the importance of having a good OB GYN throughout the entire process. While people typically associate OB GYN’s with child birth, they do much more than that. They handle all aspects of female health including breast cancer screenings, vaginal care, and hormonal issues to name a few. They generally have grueling work hours exceeding well over 50 hours a week, but are compensated with an average salary of $218,610 a year. More info

2 Surgeons

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We have mentioned general surgeons, but for surgeons who specialize in a specific area, the requirements are usually more extensive and the compensation also increases. On average, specialized surgeons earn around $231,550. Keep in mind this number will vary greatly depending on the specialization of the surgeon. More info

1 Anesthesiologists

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The job of Anesthesiologists is extremely important. They are the ones who handle patients before during and after a surgery. The most well-known responsibility of Anesthesiologists is to administer anesthesia to patients before surgery. If they administer the inappropriate amount to you, the results could be deadly. Because of the accountability Anesthesiologists have, it’s no wonder they top our list of top 10 highest paying jobs in 2012 with an average salary of $234,950. More info
So as you can see from our list, the medical field is where the money is. Majoring in some facet of science in a 4 year college will be your best bet if you’re looking to get into medical school. As the older generation continues to retire, more positions in the health industry will become available. If medicine doesn’t appeal to you, some other high paying careers of 2012 include engineering, human resources, and of course the IT field. So study hard and hopefully you’ll earn big bucks when you graduate.

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