11 Jobs You Don’t Know Pay $100k or More

Want to make $100k or more per year? Check out these job options; some you may already know, while others might surprise you

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While some are trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents, others are looking for a roadmap to six figures. And Glassdoor.com has now provided one; the growing job recruitment site that helps people everywhere find jobs and companies they love recently listed 11 jobs that you may not realize pay $100k or more a year.

Check out the surprising list below.

1. Equity Research Associate

 

Total median pay: $100,000

Median base salary: $85,000

What they do: Equity research associates report on financial trends using financial models and other analytical techniques. Their research and reports inform other financial analysts’ efforts.

Getting the gig: To qualify for the position, candidates need a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, or from a similar field.

2. Physician’s Assistant

 

Total median pay: $100,392

Median base salary: $100,000

What they do: Physician’s assistants always work in collaboration with doctors and can examine patients, order tests, and prescribe some medications.

Getting the gig: A physician’s assistant holds a master’s degree via a physician’s assistant program.

3. Nurse Practitioner

 

Total median pay: $101,600

Median base salary: $100,000

What they do: Nurse practitioners are qualified to perform physical exams, treat common injuries and illnesses, and prescribe some medications. Some nurse practitioners have their own private practices.

Getting the gig: Nurse practitioners have at least a master’s degree in nursing. Individual states may require additional certifications.

4. Regional Sales Executive

 

Total median pay: $103,500

Median base salary: $65,000

What they do: Regional sales executives are exceptional communicators who are always looking to grow their business and expand their customer base.

Getting the gig: Depending on what industry they represent, a college degree may or may not be necessary.

5. Drilling Engineer

 

Total median pay: $116,500

Median base salary: $106,680

What they do:
Professionals in this role ensure that all plans and practices related to gas, oil, or water drilling are strategic and safe.

Getting the gig: Securing a job as a drilling engineer requires a bachelor’s degree in petroleum or mechanical engineering.

6. Geophysicist

 

Total median pay: $119,380

Median base salary: $109,864

What they do:
Geophysicists study the earth using gravity, seismic, electrical, and magnetic methods. Some study how the earth is changing, while others locate valuable minerals beneath its surface.

Getting the gig:
The position requires a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in geology.

7. Special Agent

 

Total median pay: $125,000

Median base salary: $121,000

What they do: Some special agents work for law enforcement and help build cases for criminal investigations by gathering evidence. Others are employed by private companies, and their role may be to examine trends in criminal activity and propose strategies to prevent future crimes.

Getting the gig: Qualifying candidates usually have a law enforcement background or military experience, plus a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

8. Dentist

 

Total median pay: $129,968

Median base salary: $125,000

What they do: Dentists are medical healthcare professionals who focus specifically on the oral and dental hygiene of their patients.

Getting the gig: Prospective dentists have to complete a four-year undergraduate degree in pre-dentistry or another scientific field, score well on the Dental Acceptance Test administered by the American Dental Association, and complete a doctoral degree in dental surgery or dental medicine before they can get licensed.

9. Airline Pilot

 

Total median pay: $134,000

Median base salary: $120,000

What they do: In addition to the mechanics of operating the plane and evaluating obstacles that may interfere with flight, pilots take a leadership role in overseeing their crews.

Getting the gig: Airline pilots have to be certified with an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). Major airlines often prefer candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in aviation, physics, or related fields, or those who have served in the military.

10. Software Architect

 

Total median pay: $139,000

Median base salary: $130,000

What they do: Software architects build software that enables businesses to operate more efficiently.

Getting the gig: Most people with this job have at least a bachelor’s degree in math, software engineering, or a similar field. Some people pursue non-traditional education, such as online coding bootcamps or other online accelerated education programs.

11. Reservoir Engineer

 

Total median pay: $143,000

Median base salary: $125,000

What they do: Reservoir engineers identify and pursue oil and gas reserves underground.

Getting the gig: Professionals need a degree in chemical engineering, plus experience in a field that is highly technical and nuanced.

For more information, visit Glassdoor.com.


  • Sol Rothstein

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