Money Talks: 10 High Paying Career Choices To Consider After College

When you’ve spent a lot of time in school, studying hard, working hard, and spending a lot of money for the privilege, you often want to make sure that you can come out on top. After all, we go to college to get a good job.

Although the social side of things, and life experience is definitely a big draw, the bottom line is, we’re there to learn and prepare ourselves to embark on a chosen career path. And it can cost a lot to do it too.

So when you leave college with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debts, you often want to ensure that you can embark on a career path that’s going to pay you well.

Of course, it’s not always possible to leave college and start earning a great salary right away. But that’s okay. As long as you can pay your rent and start making payments towards your student loans, you’re on the right path. But, you also need that reassurance that your job is going to pay well, even if it takes a few years.

If that sounds like a good plan to you, here are ten career choices to consider when you want to earn well.


One of the strongest options that’s always going to be available to you, is the career of a lawyer. Now, you are going to need to go to law school, pass the bar and become a certified lawyer for this to happen. And that comes at a cost. But the salary that you can earn at the end of this will be worthwhile. On average, lawyers will earn over six figures. So this will ensure that you’re earning well, pretty much from the start of your career.


As you may have guessed, money talks. And when you want to earn money, you work in money. There are a wealth of financial careers that you could consider here. These banking, finance, and accountancy careers are just a few examples of what you could do. Of all, hedge fund managers often earn the most, even into seven figures.


Next up, why not think about becoming an engineer? Engineers can work across a wide range of disciplines, all of which tend to pay well. Just take a look at the highest paying engineering jobs here for some background on which to choose. As the source suggests, petroleum engineers are the highest paid of all, but chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, computer engineering careers are all well-paying too.

Marketing Director

Marketing is another field that you can often always guarantee yourself a solid salary. Although your hours can be long, and you will need to work up the ranks to this position, the financial reward is always worth it. As a director, either in-house or working for an agency, you could find that your earnings will top six figures. Salaries can range from $70,000-$165,000, and higher in New York City.

IT Manager

In today’s modern world, working in the technological and digital world’s is always going to be a smart and profitable idea. As this is where the world is going. While there are different IT career paths that you could consider following, aiming for management is always your best bet at earning well. Again, this is another career path that you’re going to need to work your way up in. But the starting salaries aren’t shabby either, with many beginning at around the $50,000 mark, going on to reach six figures at the management levels.


A career as an actuary can often prove quite interesting, as well as profitable. Just as long as you have an interest in figures and statistics. Actuaries calculate financial risks. And while the job does seem quite intense itself, the financial benefits reflect the requirements of the job. It’s a fast-growing industry, and salaries can average just shy of the six-figure mark. Although your starting salary is likely to be around $55,000, they can go up to $180,000.


If numbers aren’t your thing, don’t worry. You can still earn a great wage as a creative or more technical person. The career path of an architect is a testament to that. Architects earn, on average, around $80,000 per year. So if you love to be creative, and have a passion for design and property, getting into architecture could be the perfect way for you to combine your interests and ensure that you’re going to earn well.

Property Developer

Or maybe you like the idea of working in property, but you’re not too creative? If you have an eye for business and making money, then property development could be the perfect fit for you. Property developers can earn around the six-figure mark as an average. But, of course, if you’re self-employed, your earnings can be uncapped. You may even want to utilize resources such as as your career goes on to develop. Expanding internationally is a great way to ensure that you can maximize your earnings in property development.


Doubling back to a more classic high-paying career choice now, let’s talk about becoming a doctor. The medical school fees are often too off-putting for many people, but a career in medicine will definitely be both high-paying and rewarding. Base pay for doctors such as family practitioners is often around the $180,000 mark, meaning that you’re going to be well paid pretty much when you first start out (and can say goodbye to those student loans pretty quickly too).


And finally, if you want to take control of your earnings and ensure that you can pave your own way when it comes to your salary, you should think about becoming an entrepreneur. As a businessperson, you control your own work and the money you make. So if you have a brain for business and a passionate business idea, start out on your own path and earn your own way.

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