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Want to Live a Carefree Life? 30 High Paying Jobs to Fulfill Your Dream

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Want to Live a Carefree Life? 30 High Paying Jobs to Fulfill Your Dream

Faced with a career choice and wondering which road to take? Frankly, if you can get a job that you’re passionate about, you’re one of the few lucky ones in the world. But if you’re still figuring out what your ideal job should be like or you need a bunch of money to realize your dream in the future, then why don’t you try the high paying ones first?[1]

It’s Not Only About Getting a High Paying Job, But the Ones on the Rise

Basically, our seniors often advise that if new employees keep their noses to the grind, work untiringly (read uncomplainingly) and keep at it for a few years to come; and pepper their hard work with a little goodwill towards the bosses – they will soon be in a coveted position. And yes, they are right – to a point.

With the Internet now being everyone’s new BFF, the best way to land a high paying job, is to search for a job that is predicted to be high paying this year. And for 2017, here’s the list of high paying jobs that have quite a few openings, and are predicted to be on the rise and have an awesome median base salary to begin with. And to make it easier for you, we’ve also thrown in the qualifications you need to land the high paying jobs.[2]

Top 30 High Paying Jobs in the US

Interested? Here’s a list of the 30 best high paying jobs in the US, arranged in ascending order of average pay from lowest to highest, with the projected growth rates being from 2015 to 2024! [3]

Pharmacist

Average annual pay: $119,270

Projected growth: 3%

    Job Description & Qualification: With the US spending more than $350 billion a year on drugs, being a pharmacist is certainly the way to go. Aspiring pharmacists need to complete two years of undergraduate study before attaining their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from a pharmacy school and can obtain licensure by passing the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam.

    Public Relations and Fundraising Manager

    Average annual pay: $119,390

    Projected growth: 7%

      Job Description & Qualification: A cushy if crucial job for these are the people who successfully manage a brand in a very dynamic social media-centric world. Usually an MBA in marketing or PR is what gets you this job, with your level of experience deciding your seniority. However do note that this is a job with a wide pay range with some earning as little as $50,000 a year while some earning almost $200,000!

      General And Operations Manager

      Average annual pay: $119,460

      Projected growth: 5%

        Job Description & Qualification: The people who hold these jobs have diverse qualifications ranging from engineering degrees to MBAs, simply because these are the guys and gals who plan, direct and coordinate the complete operations of organizations, which can be as diverse from pharmaceuticals to girder manufacturers. Most of these jobs can be found in cities with a high population of people and HQs.

        Compensation And Benefits Manager

        Average annual pay: $121,630

        Projected growth: 6%

          Job Description & Qualification: Most employers prefer to hire these managers with a master’s degree in human resources management, finance, or business administration (MBA), though bachelors are also hired at junior positions. Responsibilities basically revolve around deciding the compensation and the benefits of the company’s employees…

          Law Teacher (Post-Secondary)

          Average annual pay: $126,230

          Projected growth: 13%

            Job Description & Qualification: So they say that those who cannot do, teach – and in case you are tired of being a lawyer, how about you start shaping more then? This is one of the best academic lines and the highest paying jobs you could choose, for law school never really go out of business, like ever. The qualifications you need to teach law are the same as you need to practice it, and with some experience to go with that

            Sales Manager

            Average annual pay: $130,400

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            Projected growth: 5%

              Job Description & Qualification: If you can sell, well, then you can earn good too! The job of a sales manager is to lead his team, so as to make his company the most profit ever. The qualifications you need for this job are simple, along with a bachelor’s degree and business and marketing major; your motto should be always be closing! However there is a pay variation: Sales managers in the financial industry make an average of $148,000, Manufacturing and wholesale sales managers earn an average of $118,000 and folks in retail earn $81,000.

              Financial Manager

              Average annual pay: $134,330

              Projected growth: 7%

                Job Description & Qualification: With recession disappearing around the corner, being a financial manager is lucrative again. A Bachelor’s Degree in finance, business administration or accounting with a masters being preferred and the job of a financial manager is to make sure the company stays profitable and financially viable at all times.

                Podiatrist

                Average annual pay: $136,180

                Projected growth: 14%

                  Job Description & Qualification: For a “foot doctor”, the average annual pay makes it one of the high paying jobs, since the world now lives longer but with more health problems than ever! To become one, you must complete a four-year graduate training at a podiatric medical school. And in case you are wondering what podiatrists do? Well, they give medical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg issues.

                  Lawyer

                  Average annual pay: $136,260

                  Projected growth: 7%

                    Job Description & Qualification: This job does pay well but comes with unending days and work hours. With an ever expanding yet an ever shrinking world at the same time, law can never go out of business as companies and individuals keep infringing on each other’s territories. However, top firm jobs are cushy but there are many a poor struggling lawyer too. To qualify, well you study law and pass the bar.

                    Airline Pilot, Copilot And Flight Engineer

                    Average annual pay: $136,400

                    Projected growth: 5%

                      Job Description & Qualification: A job that keeps you on your toes, the airlines industry does come with plenty of dangers and a whole load of stress. The competition for being a top paid pilot in an aviation giant is fierce but comes with plenty perks. If you want to fly, you need a bachelor’s degree in aircraft operations, aviation, aeronautical engineering, or a related field, plus two months ground training and more than 1,500 hours of flight experience.

                      Natural Sciences Manager

                      Average annual pay: $136,570

                      Projected growth: 3%

                        Job Description & Qualification: A natural science manager is needed in various research and development companies where they direct things like testing, quality control, and production, overseeing the work of scientists. You would need a bachelors I natural sciences and a masters or Ph.D. in a particular discipline, work as a scientist for a few years before moving to managerial level.

                        Marketing Manager

                        Average annual pay: $140,660

                        Projected growth: 9%

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                          Job Description & Qualification: To be a marketing manager you would need a Bachelors and Masters in business or marketing, with extensive experience in the field. Companies always need profit and marketing managers estimate the demand for products, develop pricing strategies and ensure to keep customers satisfied.

                          Computer Information And Systems Manager

                          Average annual pay: $141,000

                          Projected growth: 15%

                            Job Description & Qualification: A cushy job indeed as more and more firms are expanding their business to the digital spheres. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or IT, along with a Masters in the same field or in business administration, along with some 5-7 years of experience, then you have just landed yourself a great job.

                            Architectural And Engineering Manager

                            Average annual pay: $141,650

                            Projected growth: 2%

                              Job Description & Qualification: Though it is a designer world we now live in, the growth of building has slowed down in developed countries. You need to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam for this.

                              Petroleum Engineer

                              Average annual pay: $149,590

                              Projected growth: 10%

                                Job Description & Qualification: A bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering is needed for an entry level job, which includes class work, labs and field work along with the study of basic sciences such as chemistry, calculus, differential equations and physics. However oil prices dictate if you get a job or not.

                                Nurse Anesthetist

                                Average annual pay: $160,250

                                Projected growth: 31%

                                  Job Description & Qualification: Nurse anesthetists are the highest-paid of all advanced practice registered nurses, and have advance graduate education in the same. You start with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and obtain State Licensure as a Registered Nurse. After experience in Critical Care Nursing you earn a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia and become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. …

                                  Prosthodontist

                                  Average annual pay: $161,020

                                  Projected growth: 18%

                                    Job Description & Qualification: The salary makes this one of the high paying jobs make this a job great for someone looking to give people beautiful smiles! After a doctoral degree in dentistry along with residency, a prosthodontist requires licensure from the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP).Other than working with cosmetic dental enhancements, prosthodontists also construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures for the mouth and jaw.

                                    Dentist (Specialist)

                                    Average annual pay: $171,040

                                    Projected growth: 18%

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                                      Job Description & Qualification: So being a dentist is always a high paying decision and if you are a specialist in dentistry, like pediatric dentists, then as health insurance grows, so will your practice. After a doctoral degree and residency in dentistry, you need postgraduate training in the dental specialty of your choice.

                                      Dentist

                                      Average annual pay: $172,350

                                      Projected growth: 18%

                                        Job Description & Qualification: If you want to keep it simple, then opt to be just a dentist. All you need to do is pass the DAT, and complete your doctoral degree in dentistry with the required residency.

                                        Pediatrician

                                        Average annual pay: $183,180

                                        Projected growth: 14%

                                          Job Description & Qualification: Keeping children healthy is rewarding and the American Academy of Pediatrics states that there is a shortage of pediatricians in any case. After an undergraduate degree, you get your doctors degree in pediatrics and then complete a three-year residency period before getting certified with the board.

                                          Chief Executive

                                          Average annual pay: $185,850

                                          Projected growth: 5%

                                            Job Description & Qualification: So being chief is good, right? To climb your way up the managerial ladder to the CEO position you first need to get a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field – could be business or public administration or even in a specialized field of your choice. Follow this up with some work experience and an MBA, and then work your way up to it, taking advantage of any company sponsored training programs along the way.

                                            Family And General Practitioner

                                            Average annual pay: $192,120

                                            Projected growth: 14%

                                              Job Description & Qualification: Ultimately while specialists are always need, the sheer abundance of minor ailments make GPs and family doctors very popular indeed and family doctors do pretty well too. To become a GP you need a degree in medicine, recognized by the board, a two-year foundation course of general training and specialist training in general practice as well as well as board certification.

                                              Psychiatrist

                                              Average annual pay: $193,680

                                              Projected growth: 14%

                                                Job Description & Qualification: As stress increases, the mental balance decreases. And the ones who profit from this are the psychiatrists with one of the coolest high paying jobs indeed. You need a Bachelor’s degree, a Masters in psychiatry, complete your residency, obtain a license and then finally get board certified for this.

                                                Internist

                                                Average annual pay: $196,520

                                                Projected growth: 14%

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                                                  Job Description & Qualification: Internists are doctors who diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatments for diseases and injuries of internal organ systems, and to become one you must complete a minimum of 7 years of medical school and postgraduate training in the same, along with licensure and board certifications.

                                                  Physician (Others)

                                                  Average annual pay: $197,700

                                                  Projected growth:18%

                                                    Job Description & Qualification: Any doctor’s job like the ones stated above are good, even if they are slightly non classic like research or at medical schools. You need a doctorate in medicine for this, like with all other doctor degrees.

                                                    Orthodontist

                                                    Average annual pay: $221,390

                                                    Projected growth: 18%

                                                      Job Description & Qualification: Orthodontists set teeth and jaws straight, more for functional purposes than for aesthetic reasons. To become one you first need to become a doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or the equivalent Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and then complete orthodontic specialized training, get a license and get certified.

                                                      Obstetricians and Gynecologists

                                                      Average annual pay: $222,400

                                                      Projected growth: 18%

                                                        Job Description & Qualification: These physicians provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth, and the reproductive system. To become one you first need your undergraduate degree and then graduation from medical training, post which you complete specialized training in obstetrics and gynecology and you residency. Licensure and Certification are the final steps.

                                                        Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon

                                                        Average annual pay: $233,900

                                                        Projected growth: 18%

                                                          Job Description & Qualification: Yet again, the medicinal and dental field delivers. If you become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you get a one of the best high paying jobs, but not without effort. After UG and a doctor’s degree, you will need at least four years of additional surgery training to be able to treat facial traumas, cleft lips and even patients with head, neck and oral cancer.

                                                          Surgeon

                                                          Average annual pay: $247,520

                                                          Projected growth: 14%

                                                            Job Description & Qualification: If you’ve always loved to disassemble fix and put things back together, then you might just be a great surgeon. Of course, you have to put n quite a number of years to become one – an undergraduate degree, a medicinal doctor degree and then many years of specialized surgery training and residency!

                                                            Anesthesiologist

                                                            Average annual pay: $258,100

                                                            Projected growth: 14%

                                                              Job Description & Qualification: Being an anesthesiologist in the US is one of the best high paying jobs indeed! It does take years of study though, four years of undergraduate Degree, about four years of a Medical Degree and then residency aka four years of postgraduate training! Anesthesiologists do walk a fine line, administering anesthesia prior to, during or after surgeries and other medical procedures keeping patients in comfort but in the healthy range.

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                                                              So basically, getting to do something you love and getting well paid for it is like having your cake, and eating it too! Right? So here’s wishing you the best for your job search for these great high paying jobs…

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                                                              Published on September 21, 2021

                                                              How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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                                                              How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

                                                              The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

                                                              In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

                                                              1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

                                                              Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

                                                              But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

                                                              Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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                                                              Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

                                                              Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

                                                              While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

                                                              Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

                                                              2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

                                                              At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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                                                              Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

                                                              Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

                                                              Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

                                                              McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

                                                              From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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                                                              3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

                                                              An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

                                                              McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

                                                              Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

                                                              Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

                                                              Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

                                                              So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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                                                              The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

                                                              If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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