Best Paid Occupations: Highest-Paying Jobs, 2020
Some people believe following their passion is the best way to build a successful career. Others are driven by the desire for monetary gains. To each his own. Some jobs can pay you astronomical amounts of money, provided you are excellent at what you do. Professions from the medical industry dominate the list of best-paying jobs. Getting jobs in the healthcare industry requires specific education and years of hands-on expertise.
Getting into a medical school can be costly. After medical school, a doctor needs at least three years of residency before starting practice. Residency can be longer if the doctor wishes to specialize in a fellowship. The pay for medical jobs makes it worth the time and money invested in becoming a medical professional. This is the list of the best-paying jobs:
- Surgeon (Average Yearly Salary: $393,000)
- Anesthesiologist (Average Yearly Salary: $388,000)
- Obstetrician and Gynecologist (Average Yearly Salary: $286,000)
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (Average Yearly Salary: $285,000)
- Psychiatrist (Average Yearly Salary: $228,000)
- General Internists (Average Yearly Salary: $219,000)
- Orthodontist (Average Yearly Salary: $208,000)
- General Practitioners (Average Yearly Salary: $207,000)
- Pediatrician (Average Yearly Salary: $201,000)
- Physician (Average Yearly Salary: $194,000)
- Nurse Anesthetist (Average Yearly Salary: $167,000)
- Dentist (Average Yearly Salary: $157,000)
- Prosthodontist (Average Yearly Salary: $154,000)
- IT Manager (Average Yearly Salary: $142,000)
- Petroleum Engineer (Average Yearly Salary: $137,000)
- Marketing Manager (Average Yearly Salary: $134,000)
- Podiatrist (Average Yearly Salary: $129,000)
- Financial Manager (Average Yearly Salary: $128,000)
- Pharmacist (Average Yearly Salary: $126,000)
- Sales Manager (Average Yearly Salary: $124,000)
- Lawyer (Average Yearly Salary: $121,000)
- Political Scientist (Average Yearly Salary: $117,000)
- Pilot (Average Yearly Salary: $116,000)
- Optometrist (Average Yearly Salary: $112,000)
- Actuary (Average Yearly Salary: $102,000)
- Business Operations Manager (Average Yearly Salary: $100,000)
- Financial Advisor (Average Yearly Salary: $89,000)
Surgeon: As the job title suggests, the role of a surgeon revolves around surgery. Before the surgery, the surgeon has to first perform a diagnosis on the patient. The surgeon is also responsible for providing the patient with postoperative care and treatment. In the course of the operation, the surgeon needs to make crucial decisions about the health, safety, and wellbeing of the patient.
Anesthesiologist: Anesthesia is an important part of a surgical procedure. Anesthesia has to be administered to keep the patient away from excruciating pain during surgery. The anesthesiologist is in charge of developing anesthetic plans and administering anesthetics. He/she also has to monitor the vital signs of the patient.
Obstetrician and Gynecologist: An obstetrician-gynecologist (also known as OB-GYN) takes care of the female reproductive health. Obstetrics involves the care of the reproductive system during pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and post-delivery. Gynecology deals with the overall diseases and hygiene of women.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are essentially Oral surgeons. But they also have specialized knowledge of treating issues related to the jaws and the face. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons come into the picture when the problem involves trauma to the face or jaw.
Psychiatrist: Psychiatrists are doctors who specialize in mental health. They diagnose and treat people with mental illnesses. Mental illnesses can trigger physical diseases. Mental illnesses are not always easy to diagnose. Even the patient suffering from a mental disease may not be aware of that. With the increase in competition come higher stress levels. So, psychiatrists are never short of patients.
General Internists: Internists specialize in internal medicine. It is the branch of medicine that deals with conditions affecting the internal organs. Internists only treat adults. They are mostly the first point of contact for the treatment of adults. They can diagnose medical problems with confusing symptoms and care for patients with multiple diseases. Subspecialties include cardiology, oncology, rheumatology, and more.
General Practitioners: You may also know them as family doctors. They deal with the physical, psychological, and social aspects of health. They conduct diagnosis, prescribe relevant treatments and medications, and interpret test results. They also refer patients to hospitals if needed.
Pediatrician: They deal with the behavioral, mental, and physical health issues of infants, children, and adolescents. Special care has to be taken while administering medications to children. They are trained extensively to diagnose and treat minor health issues to grave diseases. Diagnosing some conditions early in a person’s life can help treat the condition in advance.
Dentist: Dentists take care of your oral health. They diagnose and treat issues related to the mouth, teeth, gums, and related areas. Dentists also suggest measures to take care of your oral care. Extracting teeth, filling cavities, and fitting dentures are some of the most common procedures done by a dentist. Routine check-ups at a dentist are crucial to know of imminent oral problems in advance. This also protects you from worse conditions and heftier bills that come with serious dental problems like a root canal.
Prosthodontist: A prosthodontist is a type of dentist who deals with the cosmetic side of dentistry. He/she usually treats and handles dental and facial issues like missing teeth and disrupted jaw structure.
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