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  • It's getting harder and harder to make a living out there.

  • The days of holding a full-time job that paid a healthy wage and offered chances to advance

  • and a healthy retirement are fading for many people, and many workers are forced to hustle

  • and hold two or more jobs just to make ends meet.

  • But are there jobs out there that provide the dream and aren't going anywhere any

  • time soon?

  • Yes, but they might not be too easy to come by.

  • You're probably going to spend a good amount of time and money to get the education required,

  • but how much time varies - and some you can get with only four or six years.

  • For our first job, a financial advisor, you'll only need a four-year bachelor's degree

  • in economics.

  • These counselors analyze people's financial status and give them advice on how to properly

  • plan for retirement or major purchases like home ownership.

  • This profession is a combination of the roles of the stockbroker and community banker, combined

  • with an economics teacher, and it pays handsomely - with a median salary of over $87,000.

  • Giving good advice can be good money - and that goes double when you're advising the

  • next group.

  • Few people consult with more experts than politicians, and that means that political

  • scientists are in hot demand.

  • These experts - who need a Master's degree that takes about six years to achieve - study

  • trends in international and domestic politics and serve as advisors and educators.

  • While it's common for Senators and Governors to employ these experts directly as consultants

  • on campaigns, they also frequently have positions in private think tanks and universities.

  • This job comes with a median salary of over $120,000 - but with a caveat.

  • There are the fewest openings for this position per year of any job on this list.

  • Are you good at math?

  • This next job might be right up your alley.

  • Insurance is a huge business, and one of the most critical parts of the field is calculating

  • risk when assigning people rates and deciding who to insure.

  • Insurance companies use actuaries to calculate these factors, and these experts use a background

  • in statistics, economics, and math to create formulas that predict likely outcomes.

  • Not only does this profession have a median salary of $108,000, but it only requires a

  • bachelor's degree to achieve.

  • While most of the jobs are in insurance, other industries are starting to employ actuaries

  • to calculate their own risks.

  • But no job is more in demand than this next one.

  • Have you ever heard of a business operations manager?

  • It's one of the newer professions on this list, and these are essentially the people

  • who manage the managers.

  • Large businesses have many decisions, and this is the person who coordinates them - handling

  • hiring, contracts, and budgets.

  • They make the business run smoothly and keep everyone on the same page, and no business

  • operations manager will operate the same as the next - because every company has different

  • needs.

  • Their median salary is just over $100,000, the field is growing fast, and most companies

  • only look for a Bachelor's degree in candidates.

  • One of the best tactics for success is to look for a job in a field almost everyone

  • needs.

  • Virtually every business is trying to sell you something, and that means every business

  • needs a great sales manager.

  • They handle training for the sales team, set short-and-long term sales goals, and coordinate

  • strategies and messaging for the company.

  • Depending on the company's structure, they may also be involved in recruiting and hiring.

  • The company will fall apart without a good sales team, and so these people are paid well

  • - just over $125,000 on average.

  • And it's another job that only requires a Bachelor's degree - usually in business

  • administration.

  • Companies are often more interested in looking for experience than schooling.

  • Companies are looking for a lot of talent - and the opportunities for those with skills

  • are growing.

  • Every company is a complex financial institution, and they need someone coordinating their deals.

  • That's where the financial manager comes in.

  • This critical member of the staff analyzes the company's cash flow and reports directly

  • to the people in charge with projections for their profit.

  • They'll work with the other managers to develop a comprehensive financial strategy

  • for the company, and often have a direct line to the CEO on economic matters.

  • Like other managers, most companies only ask for a Bachelor's degree in a related field

  • like business or economics - and these talents can earn an average of just under $130,000.

  • But there might be one field more critical to the business' success than finances.

  • Much like the sales manager, the marketing manager handles the company's exterior and

  • determines how to brand their product to the world.

  • Their goal is to help the company maximize their profits, and they need to know when,

  • where, and for how much the product should be sold.

  • Top marketing campaigns for high-level companies can be the company's biggest expenditure,

  • and so this position has a lot of trust - and a lot riding on their success.

  • Commanding an average salary of $136,000, these talents usually need a Bachelor's

  • degree in marketing and experience in the field.

  • Of course, there's one new field that every business needs an expert in.

  • Many companies today are held together by a complex technical network of servers running

  • both their private network and their public online presence.

  • If one thing goes wrong in the system, it could expose the company's trade secrets,

  • open them to liability, and damage their brand.

  • That's where the IT manager comes in.

  • A technical expert who runs the computer and information systems of the company, they handle

  • cybersecurity and other computer-related issues with a team of experts.

  • They usually need a specialized Bachelor's degree, and can earn just under $150,000 a

  • year - and the field is growing fast.

  • But what if you want a little more excitement in your career?

  • Millions of people fly each year, and every plane full of passengers is putting their

  • trust in one person above all else - the pilot.

  • This highly trained expert not only needs to know every detail of the complex airplane

  • and control panel, but they need to have a cool head and be able to react fast in a crisis.

  • While they only need a Bachelor's degree, they also have to be certified as a pilot

  • in flight school.

  • The majority of jobs are in the commercial aircraft industry, but positions are also

  • available privately and in the medical and rescue field.

  • Pilots have a lot of responsibility, and with that responsibility comes good money - over

  • $120,000 a year.

  • Pilots take to the sky - but these next experts go deep below.

  • The oil industry is one of the world's most valuable, and the equipment used to harvest

  • it from reservoirs is among the most expensive and complex out there.

  • That's why the Petroleum Engineer is a critical piece of the puzzle for any oil company.

  • Their job requires them to analyze data on the makeup of the ground where the oil is

  • located and determine the safest and most cost-effective way to harvest it from miles

  • underground.

  • Identifying a problem before the equipment hits it can save the company millions, so

  • these engineers are worth the investment for the company - to the tune of an average salary

  • of over $135,000.

  • But a four-year Bachelor's degree in engineering is enough to get you in the door.

  • But what is the highest-paying job that can be obtained with only four or six years of

  • college?

  • Nurses are one of the secret weapons of the medical field, interacting with patients regularly

  • and noticing things busy doctors may not pick up on.

  • But there is one specialist nurse who is in even higher demand.

  • The nurse anesthetist has training in inhaled and intravenous drugs that are used to reduce

  • pain and render patients unconscious during surgery.

  • These are the only non-physicians who are allowed to handle these drugs, so they are

  • required to have some extra training - a Master's degree and a full year of critical care experience.

  • But the reward for that extra work is inviting - an average salary of no less than $175,000

  • a year.

  • But if you want to go even higher, you'd better be prepared to hit the books.

  • The top-paying positions out there require a Doctorate.

  • As long as there are people facing trial for crimes, and businesses needing legal advice,

  • there will be a need for lawyers.

  • So it's not a surprise that law schools are still one of the top destinations for

  • college students looking for a reliable career.

  • Whether you're working for a private defense firm or serving as one of a staff of corporate

  • lawyers, you'll need some serious education - a four-year pre-law program plus three years

  • of intensive law school.

  • But for those who graduate the competitive program and find a good position, you can

  • easily command a six-figure income, with an average salary of over $120,000.

  • And then there's always the hope you'll become a celebrity lawyer and get a call when

  • a reality TV star drives their porsche into the neighbor's pool.

  • No one looks forward to visiting the next specialist, but they're essential - and

  • well paid.

  • It might surprise you, but Dentists aren't technically doctors.

  • They have their own certification - Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Medicine in

  • Dentistry.

  • General dentistry involves cleaning teeth and repairing cavities, as well as advising

  • patients on good dental health.

  • They can either run their own private practice, or join or form a partnership with other dentists

  • in a larger practice, but to get there, they'll have to complete a college program that ranges

  • from seven to eight years.

  • The good news is, dentists usually have a great deal of independence to set their own

  • hours, and they earn an average salary of over $150,000.

  • But if you really want to hit the jackpot as a dentist, you'll need to specialize.

  • As long as there are adolescents with crooked teeth, there'll be a need for orthodontists.

  • These specialty dentists focus on the teeth and jaw, helping to realign teeth through

  • slow processes including braces and other tools.

  • They usually work with patients long-term and have to go to a separate school for orthodontics

  • after finishing their dental degree - which means it can be a ten to eleven years of school

  • before they're fully certified.

  • They're paid handsomely for this work, with the median salary for orthodontists cracking

  • the $200,000 level.

  • The same salary and extra time in school goes for other dental specialists like prosthodontists

  • who specialize in implanting replacement teeth.

  • But there's one degree that is your ticket to the highest-paid jobs out there - but you

  • should expect to work for it.

  • The MD or medical degree is the conclusion of a long journey that can often take over

  • ten years, including a multi-year internship and residency.

  • The exact length varies depending on your specialty, but some of the highest-paid specialties

  • include obstetricians and gynecologists who work with childbirth and reproductive health,

  • surgeons who perform complex procedures on the internal organs, and oral surgeons who

  • perform more intensive dental procedures like extractions of impacted teeth.

  • All of them go through a similar process - four years of pre-med, four years of medical school,

  • followed by a clinical internship and residency that gives them hands-on training.

  • And once the famous medical school gauntlet is complete, the average doctor earns over

  • $200,000 and some specialists can approach $250,000 a year.

  • But if you don't want to get your hands dirty, there is one medical specialty that

  • might be for you.

  • While most psychologists don't go through medical school, psychiatrists do.

  • These mental health specialists do much of the same counseling that other therapists

  • do, but they have one major difference - they can prescribe medication and analyze complex

  • mental health conditions like schizophrenia from both a mental and biochemical standpoint.

  • They have similar internship and residency programs to other medical doctors, and most

  • hospitals have at least one on staff.

  • These medical professionals get an average salary of around $220,000.

  • But there is one specialty that's even more in demand.

  • Much like the nurse anesthetist was the highest-paid job in the Master's category, the job with

  • the highest average pay in the Doctorate category is...the Anesthesiologist!

  • This is one of the most sought-after specialties in the medical field, as these doctors are

  • experts in administering pain management medication before, during, and after surgery - making

  • them an essential counterpart to the surgeon.

  • They monitor the vital signs during the surgery and can make critical life-saving decisions

  • while the surgeon is occupied with the procedure.

  • It can take twelve to fourteen years to become a fully certified anesthesiologist, which

  • makes it one of the most challenging careers to embark on - but the eventual median salary

  • of $260,000 makes it an inviting specialty for the ambitious.

  • So those high-paying jobs are still out there, but with one thing in common - it's a pretty

  • high climb to get qualified.

  • For more ways to get rich quick, check out “10 Surprisingly Easy High Paid Jobs”,

  • or watch this video instead.

It's getting harder and harder to make a living out there.

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