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Top Paying Entry Level Careers and Jobs

Whether you've just completed your undergraduate degree or are fresh out of graduate school, you may be on the hunt for some of the best paying jobs in your industry. High paying jobs in any field can be difficult to find when you are just getting out of college, but there are a number of top paying jobs available in fields such as business, law, science and industry, and information technology.

Types of High Paying Jobs

Most of the high paying jobs are in the medical field, but chief executives, marketing managers and engineering professionals also make the top ranks for the highest paying jobs across all fields. If you are trying to decide on a career path, you might turn to the following industries:

  • Natural Science
  • Engineering
  • Dentistry
  • Aviation
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Optometry
  • Finance
  • Aerospace Engineering

List of High Paying Jobs

Here's a list of high paying jobs across several industries. Each of these is listed with the highest median hourly wages as of 2008:

  • Anesthesiologist: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Internists, General: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Obstetrician: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Gynecologist: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Orthodontist: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Physicians and Surgeons: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Prosthodontists: $80+ per hour or $166,400 per year
  • Chief Executives: $76.23 per hour, or $158,600 per year
  • Family and General Practitioners: $75.60 per hour, or $157,200 per year
  • Psychiatrists: $74.13 per hour or $154,200 per year
  • Pediatricians, General: $70.21 per hour, or $146,000 per year
  • Dentists: $68.69 per hour or $142,900 per year
  • Engineering Managers: $55.42 per hour or $115,300 per year
  • Podiatrists: $54.60 per hour or $113,600 per year
  • Natural Science Managers: $54.23 per hour or $112,800 per year
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers: $53.95 per hour or $112,200 per year
  • Air Traffic Controllers: $53.78 per hour or $111,900 per year
  • Lawyers: $53.17 per hour or $110,600 per year
  • Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates: $52.99 per hour or $110,200 per year
  • Marketing Managers: $52.20 per hour or $108,600 per year
  • Petroleum Engineers: $51.93 per hour or $108,000 per year
  • Pharmacists: $51.16 per hour or $106,400 per year
  • Political Scientists: $50.06 per hour or $104,100 per year
  • Physicists: $49.47 per hour or $102,900 per year

Training times for each of these jobs ranges from 4 to 6 years +, and may be even longer for those that decide to specialize in a particular field. In many cases, training is completed on the job after completing an internship or fulfilling entry level job requirements for a certain period of time.

Fast growing industries such as engineering, computer science, information technology and even some areas in the medical field may offer more opportunities for experienced and skilled candidates.

What Are the Highest Paying Entry Level Jobs?

If you are looking for the best paying jobs right out of college or without a college degree, you may consider setting your sights on the following areas:

  • Trucking: approximately $60,000 per year
  • Construction jobs: approximately $39,000 to $62,000+ per year
  • Registered Nurse: approximately $59,000 in the first year
  • Information technology administrators: $50,000 per year
  • Physical therapist: $60,000 per year
  • Financial analyst: $50,000 per year
  • Federal government jobs: starting at $36,000+ per year

Entry level jobs are often the doorway to a number of jobs at the executive level, so staying with a particular organization or company for several years can pay off in the long-term.

Tips for Finding Top Paying Jobs in Any Industry

When you're ready to jump into the job market and narrow down your search, here are some tips for finding the best match for your talents, education, skills and abilities:

  • Look online to review salary ranges. Learn about the high paying jobs in a particular field that interests you by doing an online search. Online salary calculators can help you get a realistic idea of what the current salary range is for a particular industry or job title and help you narrow down your search.
  • Meet with people who are already doing what you want to do. Not all high paying jobs may be a good match for your skills and talents. Find people who have already secured positions in the field that interests you and find out what their day is like, what the pros and cons of the position are, and if the salary and benefits are worth the effort to sustain the job.
  • Interview for several jobs. Don't limit yourself to just one or two companies when you're on the job hunt. Consider several positions in your field and keep an open mind.

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