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Best Paid Careers for 2011 and Beyond: Masters or Less

  1. Financial Analyst:  Financial analysts work for banks, investment firms, and insurance companies, earning a median annual salary of $85,240. The majority have a four-year degree in finance, business, or accounting. Many employers also prefer candidates hold a master's in business administration.
  2. Physician Assistant:  Every state seems to have a different requirement for educational requirements. In general, becoming a physician assistant requires some college or experience, such as military training, coupled with a two-year training program offered by a community college or health occupation schools. Physician assistants are supervised by a doctor, but may see patients, order tests, and write prescriptions, depending on state laws. Physician assistants earn a median annual salary of $84,830.
  3. Radiation Therapist:  Radiation therapists operate the machines used to fight cancer. Oncologists (doctors who specialize in cancer) and radiologists develop a treatment plan, which the radiation therapist executes. While a bachelor's degree is preferred by some employers, a two-year degree in radiation therapy is acceptable to others. Some employers will accept a degree in radiography supplemented by a one-year RT certificate program. On average, radiation therapists earn about $77,340 annually, although the top ten percent report earnings in six figures.
  4. Nurses:  Nurses are in high demand in virtually every state. The exact education requirements depend on the ultimate career goals, specialization, and state licensing requirements. As a general rule, expect to spend three to four years in college to prepare for the best paying jobs. Nurses may work in hospitals, doctor's offices, laboratories, or research facilities. They may educate patients on health care, exercise, and diet. Some nurses work in private homes, either as a full-time nurse or a visiting home health care aide. With further training, they may become nurse midwives or nurse practitioners, who are allowed to write prescriptions. Registered nurses earn a median wage of $66,530 annually.


Best Paid Careers for 2011 and Beyond Requiring a Degree

  1. Doctors:  The medical field is expected to continue to grow as the population ages and more physicians opt out of nationalized health care by taking early retirement. It will take about twelve years of education and training, but surgeons, anesthesiologists, and obstetrician/gynecologists all earn in excess of $174,610 annually. Psychiatrists are also well paid ($151,380 per year) and the field is expected to grow at an above-average rate, a fact that probably comes as no surprise to anyone who keeps up with the news.
  2. Dentist:  To qualify for the dental exams required by state licensing boards, dentists must complete a four-year dental school beyond undergraduate studies. While most dentists have earned their bachelor's before attending dental school, it is possible to gain admittance with only two or three years of college. There is a good deal of competition for admittance to dental schools, but less than there is for medical school. Dentists in all specialties earn a median annual income of around $140,000. Some specialists earn significantly more.
  3. Lawyer:  The bar has historically provided some of the best paid careers in the country. Becoming a lawyer requires a four-year degree, followed by three years of law school. Admission to law school can be quite competitive. However, successful completion of the educational requirements and passing the licensing exam allows attorneys to choose from numerous forms of employment. They may specialize in trial law, corporate law, or numerous other areas. Salaries of lawyers cover a wide range, depending on the path they choose, but on average, attorneys earn about $110,590 annually.
  4. Pharmacist:  Pharmacists earn a median annual wage of $106,630, and job opportunities are expected to grow much faster than the national average. Pharmacists dispense medications (and occasionally compound or mix medications) and counsel patients on the correct way to take their drugs. Becoming a pharmacist usually requires six years, which includes pharmacy school. They must then take a test to become certified in their state.


Best Paid Careers for 2011 and Beyond that Don't Require a Degree

When making a transition, it is important to gather solid information on the best paid careers. It's always nice if you can work at something you love to do and are financially secure enough that it doesn't matter if you earn minimum wage. If you fall into that category, you probably do not need any more information. For the other 99.99% of the population, here are the best paying jobs with the greatest rates of growth for 2011 and beyond.

Best Paid Careers that Don't Require a Degree

If you do not have a college degree, do not plan to obtain one, or just want to earn as much as you can while pursuing a degree part-time, there are some well-paying jobs you might want to investigate.

  1. Pilot:  Pilots do not normally need a college degree, but must graduate from flight school or learn to fly in the military. Former military pilots often have an advantage over their competition, since they have more flying time. The jobs are expected to increase dramatically, but so, too, will the competition. Most pilots earn a mean annual salary of around $119,000.
  2. Air Traffic Controller:  Sure, the job is stressful, but the median pay is $102,030 per year, which makes this one of the best paid careers on our list. Most controllers are employees of the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA. There are three ways to qualify as a controller. The first is to have learned the trade in the military. The second is have a four-year degree and a proven track record of employment in a "progressively responsible" position. The third method is to complete a program at one of the FAA's Air Traffic - Collegiate Training Initiative.
  3. Systems Analyst:  Computer systems analysts work with customers, both internal and external, to learn what the end users need their computers and peripherals to do. The analysts then plan the network, including the hardware and software, to provide a workable solution. Most analysts have bachelor's degrees in computer science or information systems, but others have degrees in business and knowledge or experience with computers. Systems analysts earn a median salary of $78,830 per year.
  4. Casino Manager:  Casino managers, or gaming managers, earn an annual median salary of $64,080. Gaming managers direct or coordinate casino operations and may be called upon to formulate the house rules for each table game. In addition to a salary, managers may receive fringe benefits such as free meals or lodging. Most managers start as dealers and work their way up.

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