Best-Paying Jobs Based on Your Area of Interest

Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

highest-paying-jobsIt's no secret that some of the highest-paying, most rewarding careers are in health care. But what if you have little to no interest in that type of work? What if your interests pertain to other things, like government, food, architecture or information technology? Can you achieve high pay working in such fields?

Absolutely, says Laurence Shatkin. In his book "250 Best-Paying Jobs," Shatkin connects high-paying occupations to 16 career clusters, helping individuals identify which occupations are most likely to pay well in the fields and industries that interest them.

"The 16 career clusters I reference in my book were developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education around 1999. Many states rely on these career clusters to organize their career-oriented programs and career information," Shatkin says.

In his book, Shatkin provides lists of the best-paying jobs within each of these 16 career clusters. Below are a few of the top occupations featured on those lists.


Best-paying jobs for people interested in agriculture, food and natural resources

  1. Economists -- $83,590
  2. Biochemists and biophysicists -- $82,840
  3. Veterinarians -- $79,050


Best-paying jobs for people interested in architecture and construction

  1. Engineering managers -- $115,270
  2. Engineering teachers, post-secondary -- $82,810
  3. Construction managers -- $79,860


Best-paying jobs for people interested in arts, audio/video technology and communications

  1. Art Directors -- $76,980
  2. Producers and directors -- $64,430
  3. Agents and business managers of artists, performers and athletes -- $62,940


Best-paying jobs for people interested in business, management and administration

  1. Chief executives -- $158,560
  2. Natural sciences managers -- $112,800
  3. Computer and information systems managers -- $112,210


Best-paying jobs for people interested in education and training

  1. Health specialties teachers, post-secondary -- $84,390
  2. Education administrators, elementary and secondary school -- $83,880
  3. Engineering teachers, post-secondary -- $82,810


Best-paying jobs for people interested in finance

  1. Financial managers -- $99,330
  2. Actuaries -- $84,810
  3. Financial analysts -- $73,150


Best-paying jobs for people interested in government and public administration

  1. Chief executives -- $158,560
  2. Political scientists -- $104,130
  3. General and operations managers -- $91,570


Best-paying jobs for people interested in health science

  1. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons -- $166,400+
  2. Orthodontists -- $166,400+
  3. Prosthodontists -- $166,400+


Best-paying jobs for people interested in hospitality and tourism

  1. Gaming managers -- $68,570


Best-paying jobs for people interested in human service

  1. Sociologists -- $68,570
  2. Home economics teachers, post-secondaruy -- $64,210
  3. Clinical, counseling and school psychologists -- $64,140


Best-paying jobs for people interested in information technology

  1. Engineering managers -- $115,270
  2. Computer and information systems managers -- $112,210
  3. Computer and information scientists, research -- $97,970


Best-paying jobs for people interested in law, public safety, corrections and security

  1. Lawyers -- $110,590
  2. Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates -- $110,220
  3. Law teachers, post-secondary -- $93,210


Best-paying jobs for people interested in manufacturing

  1. Nuclear power reactor operators -- $73,320
  2. Elevator installers and repairers -- $69,380
  3. Nuclear technicians -- $67,890


Best-paying jobs for people interested in marketing, sales and service

  1. Marketing managers -- $108,580
  2. Sales managers -- $97,260
  3. Sales engineers -- $83,100


Best-paying jobs for people interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

  1. Engineering managers -- $115,270
  2. Natural sciences managers -- $112,800
  3. Petroleum engineers -- $108,020


Best-paying jobs for people interested in transportation, distribution and logistics

  1. Air traffic controllers -- $111,870
  2. Airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers -- $111,680
  3. Transportation, storage and distribution managers -- $79,000


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Selena Dehne is a career writer for JIST Publishing who shares the latest occupational, career and job search information available with job seekers and career changers. She is also the author of JIST's Job Search and Career Blog. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SelenaDehne.

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Mama to 3

Are you looking for a job? I make $30K working 4 hrs a day. Currently, I work for a large corporation and I set my own hours. You just have to know where to find these jobs. BestTopJobs has a FREE list of hundreds of real work at home jobs offered by well known companies. These jobs do NOT cost you money. These are employment positions. This is not a scam only help for those looking for work. Everyone really needs to think outside the box when it comes to finding employment. What are you doing right now? You are on the internet. Where do you shop? Where do you book trips? The internet has opened up so many REAL jobs that can be worked from home. You will have to add the ending to the link because I can't post full links. Hope this helps!

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Donna Hedrick

Where can I find this list? I have been trying for years to find online jobs
but they all won't money or my information with out giving me any information so I can check them out. I need a second job bad PLEASE HELP!



October 20 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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