The Best Paying Jobs In America [Infographic]

Submitted by: psogle 6 years ago

(And probably most other countries, too.) Nothing like seeing how much money others make to make you feel useless.
There are 109 comments:
Male 117
I`ll take gynecologist for 338,000,please.
Giggity giggity giggity goo.:-D
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Female 635
meh

graphic design is better
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Male 174
Psychiatrist is a medical doctor with an MD specializing in Psychiatry. They write prescriptions.

Psychologist is a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology or Psy.D. They typically see clients in in/out-patient settings and don`t write prescriptions. Most Psyc research comes from Ph.D. Clinical.

source: clinical Psychology grad student

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Female 177
"Ya know, It`s funny that the Psychologist is the one who has to go to medical school and can dispense medication, but the psychiatrist gets paid more, even though he has no degree and anyone can be one."
"Wrong way round, Einstein."

Actually, no. Both have to get a Ph.D/Psy D. The only actual difference is the psychologist focuses more on general psychology and less on neuroscience. The psychiatrist its the other way around. The psychiatrist can dispense medication but not provide much therapy, the psychologist provides psychotherapy.

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Male 7,933
Some of the figures were off as far as salaries.
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Male 12,138
[quote]Ya know, It`s funny that the Psychologist is the one who has to go to medical school and can dispense medication, but the psychiatrist gets paid more, even though he has no degree and anyone can be one.[/quote]

Wrong way round, Einstein.

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Female 1,283
Where`s "Banker" or "War profiteer?"
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Female 331
"Ya know, It`s funny that the Psychologist is the one who has to go to medical school and can dispense medication, but the psychiatrist gets paid more, even though he has no degree and anyone can be one."

FAIL

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Male 55
Ya know, It`s funny that the Psychologist is the one who has to go to medical school and can dispense medication, but the psychiatrist gets paid more, even though he has no degree and anyone can be one.
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Female 1,264
$81,100!! WTF!! I can barely make $8000 a year. Screw you, Mexican health care system.
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Female 646
Yeah, this chart is interesting, but the layout is annoying as poop.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Why does a job have to produce something to be able to earn a high salary? Is there a point to this discussion? lol[/quote]

Not really. It was just an interesting aside into what `production` means in the context of work.

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Male 12,365
[quote]anethesioligist would be good, its easy. hm, u weigh this much so heres this much morphene.[/quote]

Is it hell. If it was that easy, they`d just automate it. A set of scales, a computer and a robot, job done.

Do you think people spend 13 years training to be able to weigh someone and look up the corresponding dosage on a chart?

You haven`t even got the right drug. You haven`t even got the right spelling for that drug, even though it`s one of the best known drugs in the world.

You also haven`t got a clue.

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Male 12,365
[quote]Anesthesiologist. I am far from sure of what that means,[/quote]

It`s a medical speciality, requiring a minimum of 13 years training in the UK (6 years to qualify as a doctor + 2 years training in anaesthetology + 5 years supervision, effectively an apprenticeship).

They work in pain management and intensive care as well as what they`re best known for - administering and maintaining anaesthesia. They`re the people who make sure that you`re so close to dead during surgery that you have no idea you`re being cut open...and make sure that you don`t go very slightly further and become dead. It`s a very difficult job. Those 13 years of training aren`t mandatory just for laughs.

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Female 168
Where are the professional athletes? I was pretty sure that they are paid the most, since Americans like to be entertained. Or do they not count as a "normal people" job?
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Male 5,194
>>Thats a very poorly laid out chart. It doesn`t follow any order or heirarchy as is suggested by the tree formation

Agreed. I can`t make any sense out of it.

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Male 612
the purple dot: "highest low stress"

WTF?

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Female 614
i want to be an elementary school teacher but i suppose that being a university professor would be better for my family. sigh. even truckers get paid more than i would.
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Female 168
GRaddem it`s someone who knocks people out for surgeries and ensures they don`t wake up.
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Male 176
"Thats a very poorly laid out chart. It doesn`t follow any order or heirarchy as is suggested by the tree formation"

Exactly what I thought. Either or, I guess I want to be a securities trader

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Female 33
Glad I`m aiming to be a physician`s assistant...but it`s sad that an RN is no where near there. DX
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Male 126
I would nut my pants sideways for a chance at being an Anesthesiologist. I mean you get people far beyond messed up for 3 or 4 seconds and keep them under during surgery. The value that would have in every day life is worth it. I would get retarded and wake up like nothing happened daily.
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Male 2,553
Anesthesiologist. I am far from sure of what that means, but wow... that`s pretty double of what any surrounding proffession makes. O.o

Although, from my guesses, I don`t think I`d ever want that job.

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Male 959
Thats a very poorly laid out chart. It doesn`t follow any order or heirarchy as is suggested by the tree formation
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Male 102
I`m not so sure I care how well my doctor knows how to read, remember, and regurgitate on an exam. Straight A`s or C`s... it`s more important that they treat me right and deliver the expected standard of care.

If you had any idea what they need to know for exams, how much of it they forget, and how much of that knowledge is actually used in practice, you wouldn`t care less what their grades were as long as they save your ass and don`t kill you.

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Female 1,112
You`re a securities trader? What the drat do you do?
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Female 1,112
Alright, but unless you`re going into a surgery for a specific process, I can tell you that the grades a guy made don`t necessarily make the difference. Most deaths in a hospital aren`t due to the doctor holding the scalpel anyway, its usually the non-nice individual who doesn`t give poo and didn`t wash his hands, or the one who has the best marks and thinks he knows everything, so he didn`t bother to double check that vial of "morphine" before pumping it into you.
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Male 22
Yeah. My job is #1!
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Male 4,014
"What scares me is that doctors go home and laugh with each other about their more ridiculous cases."

I don`t want to overstate that. Those are some damn good stories. My only point was that doctors are people, not gods, and it was a painful lesson on par with learning that my parents were fallible like any other human being.

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Male 4,014
Talking about production -

I think I have ass cancer. I goto the doctor. He confirms I don`t have ass cancer. He didn`t produce anything except mental satisfaction, as the truth was I never had cancer. That will be $8435 I will happily pay to receive nothing in return.

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Male 4,014
" I`d rather have the humble B student who cares about me, than the Jackass know it all A student who`s using me to move onto bigger and better things."

I wasn`t necessarily knocking the talking about the s*it you see part. Actually, I`m not knocking anything.

But when my hip needs replacing, I`ll take the detached A student non-nice individual over the compassionate B student anyday.

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Male 4,014
"The anaesthetist is present and working throughout the op and a while afterwards. They don`t just inject and go."

When other people use drugs to induce my body to forgo consciousness and ignore the pierce of the scalpel, yes please be as educated as possible.

What is weird is for every anesthesiologist, there was that first time the doctor went solo, and held a life in his or her hands. ***Shiver***

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Female 1,112
goaliejerry - in a sense your right. I am medical professional to be (already working albeit unpaid) and I`m one of the people you went to high school with in the sense that I`m an average Joe, and I do all those normal things. The talking about cases part, you have to understand that with the amount of f*cked up poo we see, we have to be able to talk about things and have a sense of humour about it. As long as no names or specifics are used it`s ok. The doctors and nurses you want to worry about are the ones who treat it as a job. The guy with the highest GPA may know what the text book says to do, but it`s the guys who has taken into account all of his experiences who really is the best. I`d rather have the humble B student who cares about me, than the Jackass know it all A student who`s using me to move onto bigger and better things.
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Male 4,014
The scariest thing I know about doctors is that I personally know, as friends my age, at least 5, and the only thing that distinguishes a doctor intelligence-wise from a non-doctor is the years spent studying.

Being a doctor doesn`t mean you are more intelligent. It means you`ve studied one thing continuously for 8 years under supervision. What scares me is that doctors go home and laugh with each other about their more ridiculous cases. Doctors are the people I went to high-school with, and college with, smoked pot with.

What scares me is how the profession is truly regimented by merit. As in, the crappy doctors get the crappy work. As in, I might go to a hospital and get the "C" student for a few hours before Mr. "A" student answers the page.

I`m afraid to die because of other people who will hold my life in their hand, yet I am powerless to do anything about it.

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Male 1,523
I was kinda hoping to see an architect on there, cause that`s what I`m gonna be in a few years.
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Male 4,014
"They wanted something honorable like business or law."


?????????

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Male 4,014
"also, ppl with socialized healthcare, doctors aren`t paid nearley as much as they are in the free market right?"

Under Obamacare, the government will require everyone to buy health insurance. If you are poor enough to not afford it, the government will subsidize. Medicaid benefits ($$$ for poor people`s healthcare) will be cut to pay for the subsidies.

Under Obamacare, doctors in general will have more patients because every person will have health coverage, so they won`t wait to check out that painful lump.

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Male 4,014
"They`re among the top of the list when it comes to malpractice lawsuits."

So, they`re more likely to kill me?

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Male 12,138
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I know I`ll get accused of brown-nosing,but I`m just getting a friend`s back, who works damn hard for you guys.

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Male 16
i dont hate the ads. fancylad has to get paid somehow lol.
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Female 3,574
btw I haven`t gotten one of those whole page ads today! Yaaaaay!
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Female 3,574
computer science isn`t honorable? lol
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Male 72
"anethesioligist would be good, its easy. hm, u weigh this much so heres this much morphene."

You sir, are an idiot. First off, anesthesiologist is spelled wrong, along with morphine.

Secondly, its a lot more than giving someone a specific amount of medicine according to their weight. Anesthesiologists sit through surgeries, making sure that the patient is effectively kept under without any problems arising during the surgery (i.e. heart stops). They`re among the top of the list when it comes to malpractice lawsuits.

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Male 12,138
airsofter, not so. Physicians/General Practitioners in the UK average $178,000, top $377,000 as opposed to average $150,000, top $228,000 in the US (according to this chart).

Source 1, Source 2

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Male 1,089
anethesioligist would be good, its easy. hm, u weigh this much so heres this much morphene. i want to be a mechanical engineer and make enough money to open a restaraunt. also, ppl with socialized healthcare, doctors aren`t paid nearley as much as they are in the free market right?
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Male 586
HA! And my old fashioned parents didn`t want me to study computer science. They wanted something honorable like business or law. well poo on them!
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Male 12,138
Petroleum Geologist - Average $121,900; Top $250,000 (Source).

Not bad for doing a job that I basically consider a hobby...

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Female 1,112
I think for a lot of these jobs the production value they have is advancing humanity. Medicine particularly. They "produce" longevity of life. It`s strange that one might value the production of some thing over the value of some one. Pui, you`re right. There`s no point.
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Male 2,748
i wonder where computer graphics sits in all this...
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Female 3,574
Why does a job have to produce something to be able to earn a high salary? Is there a point to this discussion? lol
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Male 12,365
[quote]Well they help me not die of cervical cancer.[/quote]

True, but is that producing something? Protection rather than production, I think. That was the original point - do they produce something? - and I think MauserTM was thinking of babies.

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Male 2,510
ohwell im number 30, looks like im moving to America because i get nowhere near that amount here.
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Female 3,574
Well they help me not die of cervical cancer.
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Male 12,365
Gynecologists don`t produce anything in that sense. At most, they might help in the process. Maybe not even that much - it`s a fairly wide field and not all of it`s to do with childbirth.
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Male 1,222
"Sad,really. None of these occupations actually produce anything."
Gynecologist?
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Male 12,365
That got toned down a bit here in the UK recently, PinkAndGreen. People got a bit freaked when the working hours of doctors became common knowledge, because it led most people to question whether it was a good idea to require people making life and death decisions to work 60,70,80 hours a week. I`ve done 65-70 hour weeks for a while and I knew full well that I wasn`t at my best.

I recall one report of a doctor who hadn`t been out the hospital for a week. A full week. They were working so many hours that it didn`t make sense to go home. They just slept in the staff area as and when they could. This was said to be fairly common.

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Female 265
My career aspirations include playing with octopuses and pandas. Definitely the highest paying jobs ever.

I`ll be putting my PHD in Zoology to good use!

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Male 12,365
[quote]Anestesiologist - they do the least ammount of work out of any physician and they make the most money. If you did`t know they basically give you anestheics before surgery, and that`s it.[/quote]

I don`t know what it`s like in the USA, but over here anaesthetists train for 7 years *after* completing 6 years of medical training. No typos - 13 years training. They`re highly specialised doctors.

Adminstering anaesthetics, especially a general, is very far indeed from just injecting some stuff in someone.

The anaesthetist is present and working throughout the op and a while afterwards. They don`t just inject and go.

There`s a pretty thin line between successful general anaesthesia and death. If you`re deeply unconscious enough to not know surgery is happening on you, you`re not very far from dead. The anaesthetist keeps you balanced on that line before, during and after the op.

They`re also intensive care specialists.

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Female 917
I talk to some of the doctors and surgeons at my hospital when I volunteer there, and I hear very, very many horror stories about how much they work, even though they make phenomenal money.

They literally work 24/7. When they aren`t working all night at the hospital, they are on-call and get called in a 3 AM to do emergency cases.

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Male 446
These "best jobs" rankings are bunk. The problem is that good money doesn`t mean a great job. A lot of those jobs listed would make me loathe going to work every day. I think it`s most important to feel satisfied with what you do every day and also earn enough money as to not worry about bills and your future. Perhaps they should be broken down into categories (trades,medicine,research,medicine,finance,etc.) with an explanation of what the job entails from 9 to 5 along with salary.
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Male 2,436
Sad,really. None of these occupations actually produce anything.
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Male 741
All of those jobs sound freaking boring
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Male 5,608
@intrigid
@DIETY
In late 2005, I broke a tibia and had to have surgery.
I explained to the anesthesiologist: "I`m allergic to apples and fowl."
Her: "??!!!"
Me: "I get headaches from eating apples but not cooked apples, the smell of cooking fin fish, chicken, duck, turkey. I also NEVER take medication."
Her: "?????!!!!!!!"
They called off the surgery until the next day.

If you really want to supplement your income and stash some nuts for a rainy day, learn to E-Trade. I boosted my income last year with self served trades.

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Male 645
and now I have to change my major yet again!
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Male 4,867
@fwoggie
maybe you just suck
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Male 914
Diety, anesthesiologists have to be able to know exactly what anesthetics will and will not kill any given patient. And if they prescribe just a little too much for the patient`s body, the patient goes into a coma or dies. Do you think you could handle this responsibility?
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Male 5,608
Thashary: ""I`m still in school, but I`ll never be qualified for any of those jobs.""

OK. I`ll bite: Why would you not be qualified for any of these careers?

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Male 1,803
WTF. I`m a business analyst in IT in the UK, and I don`t get close (and I do mean remotely close) to $82,600 equivalent USD. I know we`ve got free medical care and you lot have to pay silly money for it in the US, but you don`t pay that much silly money. And my IT project managers above me sure as hell don`t get $98,700.

God I`m underpaid compared to my peers, bugger me...!

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Male 196
Anestesiologist - they do the least ammount of work out of any physician and they make the most money. If you did`t know they basically give you anestheics before surgery, and that`s it.
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Female 1,190
yay for future marketing! :D
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Female 8
It kind of makes me sad to look at that and think "I`m still in school, but I`ll never be qualified for any of those jobs."
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Male 1,083
graphic designers don`t rank? this is POO.
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Male 218
Dammit I have daltonism
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Female 15,763
"Make more sense?"

Most definitely, sir.

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Male 93
Not racist at all.. R-tard. But i know what i wanna do now!
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Male 154
Hell yes, college professors!
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Male 33
shadowtube, What`s racist?
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Male 3,314
I don`t think so. What about CEOs? The CEO of my company makes something like $2,000,000 salary, and I`ve seen as much as an $8,000,000 bonus for him.
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Female 1,112
What`s racist?
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Male 253
the bottom of the infograph, thats racist.
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Male 16
From the looks of it, a lot of people in many professions are lucky that America is full of fat lazy people that don`t take care of themselves. I haven`t been to the doctor for probably 15 years, no money from me!
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Male 1,834
im not happy with my pay :-(
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Male 1,451
Sereniee, I hope you don`t become a professor. Median salary $70, top pay $115... starting at $60 sounds right. It`s called pay raises. You can`t start at the top.
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Female 5,222
:O
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Male 737
Anesthesiologists make "so much money" because it`s your responsibility to make sure that somebody lives through being cut open and put back together. If the patient starts crashing, the surgeon backs off and says "fix it." Anesthesiologists are responsible for being familiar with everything in medicine, all the time, and knowing how to apply it in an instant. Make more sense?
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Female 1,112
Anesthesiologists make so much money because their job is very difficult. They have to be highly trained because putting people under is really the most risky part of surgery. It`s an incredibly tough job.
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Female 1,112
I hate these infographics, but seeing Physician`s Assistant on there reminded me that someone told me that to become one you only need to have a degree in any area and then 2 more years of school. Is that true? If so...WTF!?!?! Also, apparently I can go to the States and as long as I can pass the licensing exam I can become an RN, even though I can only be an LPN in Canada with the training I have. Scary, but lucrative for me, US health care.
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Female 3,574
Bill Gates is one of the founders of Microsoft. He`s a business owner and entrepreneur. He makes money because he started a business and was super successful. I`d call that "directly making money" myself :P
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Female 15,763
I still don`t understand why Anesthesiologists make so much money. Explanation, anyone?
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Male 10,440
Bill Gates doesn`t directly make money, is wealth is tied to Microsoft. He`s also quite generous.
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Male 10,440
[quote] Being an Engineer may pay well, but you`ll have to deal with Spies sapping your Sentries... [/quote]

WIN!

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Female 3,828
I like these infographic things
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Male 153
@icfire504: Professors actually make pretty good money. I`m not talking about instructors or teachers, I`m talking about full fledged Professors with a PhD, who spend their time writing textbooks and conducting research in their field (on average professors teach less than 20 hours a week). The mean salary is over 94k and the 75th percentile makes almost 133k, so saying that a professor makes 115k, isn`t a ridiculous claim. If it said Teachers, or postsecondary instructors, that would be different...

The infographic has a stupid format and ordering, but if you take a moment to look at it and read the legend, it`s not all that bad...

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Male 31
College professors make money from publishing as well. As long as you are a PHD, you can make quite a bit of cash. Biology, math and business professors are always in demand.
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Male 25,416
Then theres bill gates!
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Female 3,574
What about business owner? :P
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Female 205
hold on.... why is college prof at #3..... and where in the hell do they make 115k? i want in on that... my projected income starting is a meager 60k... unless they are looking mostly at research oriented schools in which grant funding picks up alot of the monetary slack.... in which case that is possible but only if u are a good grant writer and do alot of research full time with tenure pay...
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Female 9,402
This makes me happy that I am a pre-vet major... :)
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Male 4,290
They missed actuary. Median annual wage: $84,410, top 10%: $160,780.
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Male 31
My wife is a Physician Assistant and I am getting to the Systems Engineer level. Awesome.
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Male 16
@icfire504

That`s because, that would be the top pay. You have to look at the number on the left, the median. In the College Professor`s case, it`s about $70,000

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Male 695
Being an Engineer may pay well, but you`ll have to deal with Spies sapping your Sentries...
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Male 504
This infographic made absolutely no sense what so ever. No order who in any of it. Fail!
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Male 1,835
:O i want to be an emergency room physician. CHACHING
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Male 341
I knew this was dumb as soon as they have a college professor on the second row and making $115,000 a year. Almost all college professors do not make that much money, only a very small number do
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Male 10,440
Well, they might make more than me now, but I`ll catch up once I get my degree.
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Male 450
stupid the dont have ice creme tasters and or pot farmers
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Male 3,369
I suggest you go watch "Capitalism: A Love Story".

Scary stuff!

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Male 1
Link: The Best Paying Jobs In America [Infographic] [Rate Link] - (And probably most other countries, too.) Nothing like seeing how much money others make to make you feel useless.
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