Jobs that pay over $90,000 a year will roughly double the salary of the average U.S. worker. According to wage data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker earned $45,790 a year in May 2012. While physicians and lawyers are obvious career choices that pay over $90,000 a year, there are also other lucrative jobs that require much less education.
Political scientists monitor and analyze the effects of various policies and political trends. By evaluating data collected from survey and poll results, they use statistical analysis to forecast economic, political and social trends, and they advise governments and other organizations on such issues as immigration, climate control and healthcare. Political scientists need either a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in political science, public administration, or a closely-related major. The median yearly wage for political scientists was $107,420 as of 2010, according to the BLS.
In May 2012, the BLS listed the annual mean wage of chemical engineers as $102,270. These engineers combine chemistry, biology and physics to develop products that improve our quality of life, such as designing materials that waterproof clothing while making it more comfortable. Chemical engineers also create techniques to produce a larger quantity and better quality of food, and they work to control pollution and make energy more affordable. Chemical engineers need a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
Are directors are responsible for making visually compelling images and layouts. They select colors, text, photographs and artwork, and then decide how these elements are arranged. Art directors might oversee the artistic design of a magazine or newspaper, the look and feel of an advertising campaign, or the set design of a theatrical or television production. The educational requirement for an art director is a bachelor’s degree in a subject related to art or design. The mean annual salary for this position was $94,260 as of 2012, the BLS reports.
Application Software Developers
The BLS reports that application software developers earned an average annual income of $93,280 as of 2012. These developers design everything from computer games to word processing programs. They also create the software for other products such as mobile phone applications and the software that operates computerized appliances. In addition, they test and maintain applications and are responsible for software application updates. Software developers need a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering or a related field.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages News Release
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 National Occupation Employment and Wage Estimates
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Political Scientists
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers: What Do Chemical Engineers Do?
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Chemical Engineers
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Art Directors
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Software Developers
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