Nice work–if you can get it. Overwhelmingly, the occupations that fill the ranks of this year’s highest paying jobs in the world require years of postgraduate study and training. Residency for medical professionals can claim the better part of a decade. And though the wages are nothing to sneer at, most individuals will rack up significant debt as part of the effort to put “M.D.” after their name.
So what can those who clear the bar expect in return for their efforts?
To determine the highest paying jobs in the world, a host of occupations were evaluated according to five core criteria: Environment, income, outlook, stress, and a composite score of the overall rankings. Here are the list of jobs:
- Surgeon. These professionals bring in annual median wages of $352,220 USD, and the occupations is projected to grow substantially — 18% — by 2022.
- Psychiatrist. This occupation pays annual median wages of approximately $180,000 USD, and like surgeons, they’re expected to grow 18% in the coming years.
- Senior Level Corporate Executive. These individuals earn an annual median wage of $173,320 USD and enjoy a respectable growth outlook of 11%.
- Dentist. They enjoy an annual median wage of $146,340 USD and a growth outlook of 16%.
- Petroleum Engineer. They can look forward to an annual median wage of $130,050 USD and a whopping 26% career growth outlook.
- Data Scientist. Data scientists can expect an annual median wage of around $124,150 USD, with a slightly lower career growth outlook of 16%.
- Air Traffic Controller. They will enjoy an annual median wage of $122,340 USD. The career growth outlook is not as high as with other top jobs, but it’s a job that’s quite specialised and in some cases, hard to get into.
- These are some of the highest paying jobs in the world. So, how does yours compare