One of the best methods to ensure that you will make decent money is to become an engineer. Which Engineers, on the other hand, make the greatest money? As a result, I’m going to concentrate entirely on the highest-paid engineering specializations today. Some of these are fantastic occupations, but you’ll note that I advise you to avoid others, despite the fact that they pay well. The number one specialties are vastly undervalued and it pays well over $150,000. If any of you can predict what it is, I will be really shocked. I recommend that you read all the way to the finish so that you don’t miss any important information. I’ll start by listing the positions in order of pay, from lowest to highest.
- Environmental Engineering
The average annual pay for an environmental engineer is $92,000. This is a lesser-known Engineering specialization, but it is ideal for those of you who are enthusiastic about climate change and are excellent problem solvers. Environmental engineers work for construction and oil industries, and their abilities are used to help solve or mitigate environmental issues. You may work for a business like EXXON to ensure that drilling for oil in the middle of the ocean has no negative environmental consequences, or you could work to improve recycling, air pollution management, and waste disposal. To be honest, there are a lot of various avenues to go. Whatever you choose, you are definitely going to be having a positive impact on the world and making a decent amount of money while doing it even though it’s the lowest paying specialty on this list. Environmental Engineers do really well for themselves.
- Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineer earns an average salary of $93,000 annually. Biomedical Engineering is the perfect field to go into especially if you want to work in the healthcare industry but don’t really want to work with patients and also not interested in working on the business side of healthcare. Biomedical Engineers play a super important role in the healthcare industry. They combine the principles of Engineering with medical expertise to make tools that doctors can use to better diagnose and treat their patients. We rely on them to constantly improve how patients are treated. So it is fitting to say that biomedical engineers are on the forefront of innovation in the healthcare industry and because of that biomedical engineer is compensated really well with an average salary of $92,000 dollars yearly and that can go way up depending on how you progress in your career
- Health and Safety Engineering
Health and Safety Engineer earns an average of $94,000 annually. Health and Safety Engineering is a discipline that is usually overlooked. These engineers tend to work in industries where workers are prone to getting injured in (like in factories) they create safety plans to help make work environments more safe and they track their improvements using technology. A lot of the job involves working with other engineering teams to understand their problems and then working with a business’s leadership to help roll out their solution. The best part is you can get into the field with virtually any engineering major as long as you get certified in health and safety and can prove that you are good at solving problems. The average pay is just a bit higher than biomedical engineering.
- Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineer earns an average salary of $103,000 annually. This is one of the common engineering disciplines. The best thing about Electrical Engineering is that you can work in virtually any industry. Anything that needs electricity to work requires the expertise of an Electrical Engineer, which is basically everything out there. As an Electrical Engineer, you can work in Aerospace, the Auto industry and even tech. it’s a great field to go into if you aren’t really sure of what industry you want to work in but you like being hands-on and solving problems obviously. The pay ranges drastically based on what industry you actually work in but on average Electrical Engineers earn around $103,000 dollars.
Systems Engineer earns an average of $109,000 annually and this is one of my personal favorite engineering specialties is Systems Engineering. This is kind of a combination of Engineering with a business world. It is a system engineer’s job to keep a business moving forward by managing all the technical pieces of the business. As a systems engineer, you will be responsible for finding problems, figuring out how to stop them and then designing or upgrading systems to make sure they don’t happen again. One of the most important skills to have is being able to translate all that technical information in a way that non-technical people can understand it because you will be working across a bunch of different teams and some of them might be business people that don’t really understand all the technical stuff and it takes a really special type of person to balance the technical and business side of things. This is why system engineers are paid on the higher end of the spectrum, cashing in at $109,000 dollars.
- Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineer earns an average salary of $109,000 annually.
You might not know this but almost every single thing we have and use on a daily basis from our food to even an air freshener is made by a Chemical Engineer and I would say it is one of the more intense engineering disciplines because it combines expertise in some of the hardest stem fields like chemistry, physics, biology and math. Chemical Engineers use all that knowledge to transform raw chemicals into products that we all love. So demand for Chemical Engineers isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. As long as companies keep innovating and making new products, they will need a solid team of chemical engineers and as far as pay chemical engineers tie with system engineers with an average salary of $109,000 dollars yearly.
We’re getting close to the top of the list now. These professions all pay well over $100,000. I recommend that you read this article all the way through.
- Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Engineer earns an average salary of $116,000 annually.
These Engineers put together the tools needed to use nuclear energy. A lot of them manage entire nuclear facilities, so sometimes it can be a pretty stressful job and honestly I don’t think it is the best fuel to go into because even though nuclear energy is super important, companies are moving towards cheaper options. And demand for chemical engineers is expected to go down by 13% over the next decade, so it might be hard to get a job in the industry. On the other hand, if you do manage to find a job, you will be making big bans with an average salary of $116,000 dollars yearly.
- Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineer earns an average salary of $119,000 annually and this is the one career you can actually get away with calling yourself a Rocket Scientist in Aerospace Engineering. Now I won’t go into too much detail on this. If you think it would be cool to work for any of those companies that are trying to get people into space then this is definitely the field for you. You will help design and build airplanes, spaceships, satellites and even military weapons. Not only do you have to be good at science and math but you also need strong analytical and problem-solving skills. And because you need exceptional skills, you get paid really well with most Aerospace Engineers making around $119,000 but that can go way up depending on the exact job you have.
- Computer Hardware Engineering
Our third highest paying engineering discipline is Computer Hardware Engineering. Computer Hardware Engineer earns an average salary of $120,000 annually. You might be familiar with computer science and software engineering. Those are all about building the apps that we use on our phones and computers basically anything that you see on your screen but computer hardware engineers work to build the actual physical parts of a computer. A lot of the work involves designing computers, improving on chips and testing to see how everything works out. Without Computer Hardware Engineers, you wouldn’t have the device that you are using to read this article right now. So they are arguably one of the most important Engineers out there as with most jobs in tech computer hardware engineers are very well compensated with most of them making around a hundred and twenty thousand dollars.
- Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Engineer earns an average salary of $137,000 annually. And one thing that you should know is that even though it’s so well paid, I don’t think the field is worth it. For starters, you have to work in some really dangerous places to help drill for oil. A lot of petroleum engineers spend up to 2-weeks in the middle of the ocean out in oil rigs, which is not only stressful but it is also super lonely and the industry is super unpredictable, whenever gas prices drop companies fire their petroleum engineers so yes, you will be earning an average of $137,000 but the odds of you getting laid off and not having any income for months or even years is super high, which doesn’t exactly make for the best career. Up until recently, Petroleum Engineering always held a top spot for the highest paying engineering discipline but so much has changed over the past decade that oil is no longer the world’s most valuable asset.
- Big Data Engineering
Big Data Engineer earns an average salary of $156,000 annually.
Big Data Engineering is the newest and highest paid engineering specialties. Data is the most important thing that companies have and companies really value being able to understand and use it to drive their business forward but the thing is that data means nothing if it can’t be easily broken down and that is where Big Data Engineers come in. Big Data Engineers create special machines and software that help other people actually interpret, use and analyze data. Companies will pay big bucks to anybody who can help them do that, which is why Big Data Engineers are by far the highest paid engineers with an average salary one hundred and fifty six thousand dollars and I wouldn’t be surprised if that goes up over the next few years.
I’m not simply going to talk about doctors and surgeons; we’ll talk about all kinds of medical creators.
Pharmacists earn an average salary of over $200,000 annually. Pharmacists have been doing really well over the last few months but pharmacy isn’t the best field to go into because it is actually shrinking and there’s way more people trying to become pharmacists than actual jobs available. That is why it ranks at the very end of this list. Pharmacy pays really well but the issue is; it is just a bit oversaturated right now plus you have to go through four years of pharmacy school and that could be really expensive. In 2020, the average pharmacy grad had around a hundred and seventy nine thousand dollars ($179,000) in debt. That is a huge risk to take considering you are not guaranteed a job even if you do find a job. It will take a ton of time to pay that off with a median salary of $128,000 dollars. Word to the wise; never take out more student loans than your salary is going to be once you graduate because when you add in all the interest, it makes it really difficult to pay it off. That is not to say it is impossible and that if you take out student loans, you will be drowning in debt for the rest of your life. You just have to be smart with your money.
- Physical Therapists
Physical therapy is a great career and physical therapist earns an average salary of $89,000. If you are really into health and fitness but you also want a practical career where you can help people. You will become an expert in using exercise to help people through their injuries and even with their disabilities. Now, it is a medical career so the education is serious. After you get a bachelor’s degree, you are going to need a doctorate in physical therapy and most of those programs are at least three years long. Most of what you learn is in a classroom but you also get hands-on clinical experience and that’s really important plus you have to pass a state license test like you do with any medical career. The salary for physical therapists is way lower than pharmacists at 89,000 dollars. So you have to be really careful with taking out too many student loans but the reason it ranks higher is because the field is growing super quickly at 18%. So it will be much easier to find a job as a physical therapist than a pharmacist.
- Nurse Midwives
Nurse Midwives earn an average salary of $109,000 annually.
These are people who are dedicated to helping women throughout their pregnancies. They do things like ultrasounds, testing and even helping during actual birth. A CNN can actually prescribe medicine unlike most other nurses and they have way more responsibilities but you do have to become a nurse first. So the first step is to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). Then you will need to become licensed as an (RN) Regular Nurse to officially become a Nurse and most people choose to work as a regular nurse for one or two years just to get some experience but you don’t have to. The important piece is to get a Master’s or Doctorate in Nursing with a specialty in Nurse Midwifery. After you graduate from that, you can become certified as a nurse midwife and apply for license to practice in your state. Overall the process can take up to six years after you get you Bachelor’s which might sound like a lot of time but it is well worth it because your median is $109,000 dollars and there is a high demand for the job.
- Physician’s Assistants
Physician’s Assistants earn an average salary of #112,000 annually.
Now, I won’t go into too much detail on this. But it is definitely one of the best medical creators you could go into based on every single metric you look at. Nurses and Physician’s Assistants are growing way faster than actual doctors. That’s because these people can do pretty much the same thing as a doctor but because they go to less school, hospitals can pay them less. So it makes more sense for a hospital to hire a physician’s assistant than a doctor plus the work you do has a huge impact on patients and you still make a decent amount of money with an average salary of one hundred and twelve thousand dollars.
Now, I get to talk about one of my personal favorite medical careers Optometrists also known as Eye doctors and it is not just because it is a great career but because I am blind as a bat. I cannot literally see when I am not wearing glasses so I definitely couldn’t get through life without my Optometrist. If you want to become an Optometrist, then you need to get a Bachelor’s Degree and get a passing grade on the (OAT) or Optometry Admissions Test. Then you can apply to a Doctor of Optometry Program which takes around 4 years to finish. Once you graduate, you can get a one-year residency which isn’t a requirement but it definitely helps in finding a job. You will also need to pass the Optometry Board Exams to get a license to practice and the Optometry Boards are no joke. They are split into three different parts. Each has around 300 questions and they can take anywhere from 3.5-4 hours to finish each part. Some states might have another test to get licensed and there’s a whole bunch of certifications you can get that will help you increase your job prospects and your pay but for the most part all you have to do is pass your boards. And once you do that, you will be making an average salary of one hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. If you are willing to go another route and go to med school instead of Optometry school and put 4 extra years into residency. Then you can become an Ophthalmologist, who does actual eye surgeries and you can make way more money with the average Ophthalmologist making $378,000 annually.
- Nurse Practitioner’s
Nurse Practitioner’s earn an average salary of $116,000 annually.
One big benefit of becoming a nurse instead of a doctor is that you actually get to spend way more time with patients. Surprisingly, a lot of what doctors do is boring administrative stuff and every doctor I know says is the worst part of their job. It is something they never sign up for but it takes up the most amount of their time. If you want a clinical job or you focus on taking care of patients have insanely high job prospects and really good pay, Nurse Practitioners are it with an average salary of one hundred and sixteen thousand dollars.
Podiatrist earns an average salary of $126,000 – $180,000 annually.
The fourth and the highest paid in the medical field are the Podiatrists also known as feet doctors. I first heard of Podiatrists back when I was in high school and it was really weird to me that there’s a job dedicated to working on feet but hey if that’s what you are into knock yourself out. As we get older, I definitely understand why they are important though, you might need a Podiatrist if you find your feet hurt while you are walking, if you have calluses on your feet and even if you break your foot because Podiatrists design foot braces. To become a Podiatrist, you need a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and a two-year residency. You also need to pass a two-part exam and you can also specialize in either primary care or surgery. The median salary is one hundred and twenty six thousand dollars. But a lot of experienced Podiatrists make well over one hundred and eighty thousand dollars. The only down side is that demand for Podiatrists isn’t growing at all. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because jobs aren’t being lost like with Pharmacy.
In the third place, we have Dentists and they earn an average salary of $159,000 annually. Now Dentists are one of the best medical fields because of the work-life balance. You could work regular office hours from nine to five (9am-5pm) whereas, a lot of the other jobs on this list have to work insane hours and be on call all the time. If you want to go to dental school then you have to take all the right prerequisite in undergrad; Classes like biology, chemistry and physics. Then at least one year before you plan to apply to schools, you have to take the (DAT) Dental Admissions Test. Once you graduate, you will have to take the National Board Exams and pass the State Clinical Test to get your license. If you want to specialize in something like Orthodontics, then you have to set aside one or two years for a residency. All in all it can take more than 6 years after undergrad before you start practicing as a Dentist and you will make a hundred and fifty nine thousand dollars. If you run your own private practice, you can make a ton more money.
- Certified Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNAs)
During one of my college internships, I worked closely with (CRNAs), and it’s an interesting job. You’re essentially a nurse who specializes in administering sedatives to patients. The distinction between a full-fledged anesthesiologist and a CRNA, in my perspective, is that anesthesiologists primarily supervise CRNAs. They have to split their time between monitoring a variety of treatments and bouncing from room to room, with CRNAs doing the majority of the hard lifting and anesthesiologists only stepping in if something extremely intricate occurs or if there aren’t enough CRNAs. You may believe that all they do is put a patient under sedation for the duration of the treatment and then wake them up. CRNAs actually have to monitor patients throughout the entire procedure to make sure nothing goes wrong. The job is super fast-paced and you have to be 100% focused all the time. One small mistake and your patient could die. With all that responsibility, you would hope that CRNAs make a lot of money and they do. The average CRNA makes a hundred and eighty one thousand dollars but in most hospitals. CRNAs also get paid over time. So the ones I worked with worked a ton of hours and they got paid way more. It’s pretty simple, if you want to make more money just work more hours. The path to becoming a CRNA is a little complicated because you have to become a regular nurse first and have at least one year of experience working at the hospital. Most nurses have at least three years of experience before they try to become a CRNA. When you have that experience, you can apply to a Master’s in Nurse Anesthesia Program and once you graduate from that. You can go ahead and get your certification. You can also a get a doctorate degree which will give you an upper hand in getting a job but it isn’t a requirement right now but by 2025, all CRNAs are going to need a Doctorate Degree. So you might as well go ahead and get it. Too many people have realized what a great job it is. So hopefully, increasing the educational requirements control show many people go into the field so it doesn’t end up like pharmacy where there are way too many graduates and not enough jobs.
Finally, Psychiatrists are ranked number one. Psychiatrists make an average of $220,000 per year.
Simply defined, Psychiatrists are Psychologists with a medical degree, allowing them to prescribe medication. Because you must attend medical school and do a psychiatry residency. After undergrad, it can take up to nine years. You will need to complete a residency program before becoming a Psychiatrist, but if you do, you will be well compensated with a typical salary of $220,000.