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Top Ten High Paying Jobs in Growing Industries That Only Require a Bachelor's Degree

Top Ten High Paying Jobs in Growing Industries That Only Require a Bachelor's Degree

Back to school season is here. High school students are preparing their college applications, and thousands of freshmen are starting their college careers. College has increasingly become a necessity, but many young people are concerned that they may not be able to find a job upon graduation. The good news is that there are many high-paying jobs in fields that are expected to boom by 2024.

The following ten jobs are all in fields that are expected to add a significant number of jobs and pay at least $75,000 per year. All statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, bls.gov. Job descriptions are a summary of the jobs descriptions found elsewhere on the same site.

 

  Job Title: Computer and Information Systems Managers

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024:10 -19%       

Median Annual Pay: $135,800

Median Hourly Wage: $65.29    

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 53,700

What You Do: Develop a technological plan for your company or site, and handle all responsibilities pertaining to computer, network, or other related duties.

 

Job Title: General and Operations Manager         

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 0-9%               

Median Annual Pay: $103,950

Median Hourly Wage: $49.97     

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 147,000

What You Do: Manage the day-to-day responsibilities of a store or organization, including accounting, personnel, advertising, and other related duties.

 

Job Title: Software Developers, Applications

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 10-19%          

Median Annual Pay: $102,280

Median Hourly Wage: $49.17     

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 186,600

What You Do: Design and test general software or "apps" taking into consideration the needs of your audience and organization, as well as any feedback that has been given.

Note: BLS considers developers of applications and systems to be two different jobs, but they use the same statistics for both categories. It is unclear whether the projected number of jobs and estimated growth are for each individual job, or for both of them combined.

 

Job Title: Software Developers, Systems Software      

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 10-19%          

Median Annual Pay: $102,280

Median Hourly Wage: $49.17     

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 186,600

What You Do: Design and develop operating systems for major public and private entities.

 

Job Title: Medical and Health Services Managers

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 10-19 %       

Median Annual Pay: $96,540

Median Hourly Wage: $46.41    

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 56,300

What You Do: Handle the executive and organizational needs of a clinic, health care facility, or groups of clinics, by developing, planning, directing, and coordinating medical and health services.

 

Job Title: Personal Financial Advisors

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 30+%

Median Annual Pay: $90,530

Median Hourly Wage: $43.53    

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 73,900

What You Do: Provide financial guidance to individuals.

 

Job Title: Computer Systems Analysts

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 20 - 29%      

Median Annual Pay: $87,220

Median Hourly Wage: $41.93    

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 118,600

What You Do:  Analyze a company's existing network and computer systems and develop solutions to help the business to run more effectively and efficiently.

 

Job Title: Management Analysts

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 10 - 19 %     

Median Annual Pay: $81,380

Median Hourly Wage: $39.10    

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 103,400

What You Do: Conduct studies and evaluations for an organization, design procedures and systems, conduct studies to help a business run more efficiently, and prepare manuals to enable more efficient management of the company.

 

Job Title: Operations Research Analysts

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 30+%

Median Annual Pay: $79,200

Median Hourly Wage: $38.08    

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 27,600

What You Do: Use math and analytical skills to identify problems and help create solutions for a business.

 

Job Title: Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing for Technical and Scientific Products

Projected growth between 2014 and 2024: 0 - 9 %          

Median Annual Pay: $60,530

Median Hourly Wage: $29.10    

Projected Number of Jobs Added: 117,200

What You Do: Represent manufacturers and wholesalers and sell goods and services that require advanced scientific, medical, or mathematical knowledge for those entities.

 

Most of the jobs on this list are management or analyst positions in fields related to science, technology, or medicine. Our future is going to be increasingly digital, so those are fields that are likely a good choice if you plan on stopping at your Bachelor's.

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