In Demand Careers That Pay $100,000 A Year Or More

Not only do these jobs pay well, but many are also great for society.

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While the near future may not offer flying cars or personal jet packs just yet, there is still reason to look forward to the approaching time ahead, especially when it comes to your career. The workforce has been rapidly changing, resulting in an increasing number of specialized and well-paying jobs for workers who are investing in their future.

Workers looking for a rewarding career that offers financial security and job stability should consider the following jobs. Not only do many of these jobs help advance the well-being of our society, but they also pay six-figure salaries. In addition, these occupations are expected to grow at an average to much-faster-than-average rate over the next decade.

Consider any of these six-figure jobs that have a well-earned place in the workforce of the future*:

1. Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals.
Median annual pay: $115,780
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 18 percent (about as fast as average)

2. Dentists (general) diagnose and treat problems with a patient's teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.
Median annual pay: $141,040
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 21 percent (faster than average)

3. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck and head, including procedures such as surgically repairing a cleft lip and palate or removing impacted teeth.
Median annual pay: Equal to or greater than $166,400
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 21 percent (faster than average)

4. Orthodontists straighten teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or other appliances.
Median annual pay: Equal to or greater than $166,400
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 21 percent (faster than average)

5. Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth's surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells.
Median annual pay: $114,080
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 17 percent (about as fast as average)

6. Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use.
Median annual pay: $111,570
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 25 percent (faster than average)

7. Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.
Median annual pay: $166,400
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 24 percent (faster than average)

8. Physicists study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications.
Median annual pay: $106,370
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 14 percent (about as fast as average)

9. Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering from foot, ankle and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries and perform surgery.
Median annual pay: $118,030
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 20 percent (faster than average)

10. Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures such as dentures.
Median annual pay: $118,400
Projected job growth, 2010-20: 21 percent (faster than average)

*Job descriptions, median annual pay and job outlook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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October 07 2013 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harold Glueck

I see problems for these highly trained, high paying careers. With the widening gap between the haves and the have not classes in our society, who are these high paid careers going to service. With the destruction of the middle class unionized workers, where will the money that the college trained professionals hope to earn come from. Not everyone has the ability to be scientists or engineers. Well paid technicians are the salvation of the 21st
century if the American utopia is to continue.

October 05 2013 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why do I have to sign out?

September 30 2013 at 11:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Then the other '100,000.00" JOBS, All those mentioned in the computer field that did all that work, sorry people, but they're a dying breed. I know, since my mom was one. Yep, a Systems programming analyst and I was very proud of her. She helped create some of the best programs out there that are still being used and never will be replaced and yet, those who are graduating with a degree in computer science, have no idea how to write a program. My mom did and my older brother, who thank god learned and was taught by my mom everything, so he can now do the teaching to the new wanna bees, A lot of the old language isn't being used anymore, but he's updated to the new stuff and how to use it. Not to worry, there are still some around like my brother who can still read a flow chart and better yet, write one. Hackers have a twisted knowledge of computers and on line systems. They're geniuses when it comes to breaking into a system and doing whatever damage they do. In fact, I think most of them should be hired by some of the best colleges and universities to teach the students their techniques on how to and with what. Maybe then COBOL and Vsam and all those other soon to be dead languages in the field will be brought back and not lost like the words on the Rosetta stone. Today it's a fast world, faster than it was in my day and even faster than it was in my mother's day, but we have to keep up with the change of speed. It's not easy to find a physician that can work well with others if they just stop listening to their patient and pass the buck to someone else, or the employer who would rather do it themselves since they can't seem to find good people to do it for them. Businesses are important to keep the world going, but if they're turning out shotty products and throw away materials, danger is the only sign that will be placed on everything purchased. You never know how it was created, and or by who. We need people who can do the job right and taught to do it right in the first place. "$100,000. a year job, HA! that's a good one. You've gotta be the best to earn it.

September 30 2013 at 11:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

. I suffer from terrible dental problems due to all those specialists and now from medications, I am losing all of my teeth, something I was proud of all my life, and cared for them for what? To have them all taken and replaced with fakes!. What about alt those years of caring and dealing with pain from all the work those "specialist" performed? What about all the money spent to cover the work, only to lose them and deal with the aggravation that comes afterwards? We need to know there is one person we can go to for all our needs and not so many we can't keep track of them. How hard would it be for future dentists, who are already being trained in the field of gum diseases and plaque control and root canals be trained in all those other things that others go on for years to perfect?. Today they have a three stop procedure for a root canal!. I don't get it. What was wrong with the one step they used when I needed them? And to have an extraction, you need a surgeon? Has pulling teeth become that complicated? Dentists are needed in the field because we don't have enough real ones. They're all specialists today...go figure.

September 30 2013 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No wonder! US might need all of the surgeons out there to change their real apperances! its just redundant!

September 30 2013 at 4:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what a silly article. everyone knows these professions pay well regardless of the state of the economy. the title was quite misleading alluding to certain vocations that are in reach of most people.

September 29 2013 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Hall

fourprs your pathetic! There has always been a need for doctors and Obama care is in its infancy so it can not be blamed for needing good doctors. In 2002 my friends wife completed her schooling and started a job as a physicians assistant with a starting pay of 120K per year working for an HMO. Obama was not president yet, is he to blame for that also?

September 29 2013 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Notice how most are in healthcare? Vacancies will continue to increase due to "Obamacare." My primary MD decided to retire early rather than deal with additional administrative demands. He sold the practice to a young MD who hired another MD and PA to handle the same case load. The newly hired MD left after HIS workload doubled when the primary was forced to become more of an administrator. Appointments are 4 to 6 months into the future. My dentist and her husband, also a dentist at another practice, are changing careers (teaching/research). My entire family, in-laws included, cannot find suitable replacements.

September 28 2013 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Those carpet baggers can join the rest of the country in reality. Don't worry, they'll still be loaded.

September 28 2013 at 11:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Who wrote this bullshit

September 28 2013 at 10:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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