Let’s face it: The chances of you hitting the lottery or falling into a massive inheritance are slim. So if you really want to earn the big bucks, it all narrows down to the profession you choose.
A good place to start would probably be to avoid majoring in these subjects in college. Next, it’s best to steer clear of the service field. According to CareerCast, a job listing site, service jobs are the lowest-paying professions. As for which jobs bring home the most bacon, CareerCast has compiled its annual “Highest-Paying Jobs” report for 2017, and it’s chock-full of good news [for people who went to medical school.]
The rankings were compiled using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics through 2028. These were the year’s top 10 highest-paying professions:
- Surgeon – Median Salary: $409,665
- Orthodontist – Median Salary: $208,000
- Psychiatrist – Median Salary: $194,740
- General Practice Physician – Median Salary: $190,490
- Senior Corporate Executive – Median Salary: $181,210
- Dentist – Median Salary: $153,900
- Petroleum Engineer – Median Salary: $128,230
- Podiatrist – Median Salary: $124,830
- Air Traffic Controller – Median Salary: $122,410
- Pharmacist – Median Salary: $122,230
Want to make more money without investing in a doctorate? Check out these 12 cool jobs that don’t require a degree. Next, brush up on the habits of successful people, like what they do every morning, what they do on weekends, and how they de-stress after a long day.