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10 highest paying careers across the world

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If you’re looking to earn more money, or you’re just getting started in the working world, then this article’s for you!


We’ve listed some of the highest paying careers/jobs in the world to help you identify which careers pay the most.

You might be shocked at some of them, as quite a lot of professions aren’t always associated with high earning potential.

10. Internist

Average Salary: $198,370

Sometimes in life, it can be difficult to determine what’s causing pain in our body, especially if it’s not immediately obvious on the outside.

Internists are physicians that provide a diagnosis and non-surgical treatment plans for internal injuries or diseases. They do not perform any surgeries at all and focus on acute illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s.

Many Internists choose to specialise in one specific internal organ system, like the digestive system and focus 100% of their energy on that.

9. CEO

Average Salary: $200,140

To be employed as a Chief Operating Officer (CEO) by a company, you’ll need to have gained a lot of experience in the managerial side of running a business and leadership qualities.

You’re responsible for leading and directing the company toward achieving their desired goals, as well as determining strategies and adhering to company and government policies, rules and regulations.

It often takes many years of relevant work experience and a proven track record of success before an individual can be considered ready to become a CEO.

8. General Practitioner (GP)

Average Salary: $208,560

The first point of contact for anyone that suffering from any kind of pain or illness is usually a general practitioner (GP).

Your GP will advise, diagnose and treat and health-related issues you have, or recommend for you to see a particular specialist depending on your symptoms.

To become a general practitioner, you’ll need to go through approximately seven to ten years of training and education. It’s certainly worth it if you’d like to help people and be the first point of call for someone when they become ill.

7. Psychiatrist

Average Salary: $216,090

The next highest paying career in the world is that of a Psychiatrist. Psychiatrists diagnose and treat disorders of the mind. They’re paid to listen to patients issues and determine the root cause of their problems.

It’s obviously a lot more detailed and systematic than that, but that is the long and short of it. If this sounds of interest to you, then you’ll need to complete your medical training and then specialise in Psychiatry.

But as you can see, it could be well worth your time and effort as the average salary is approximately $216,090.

6. Orthodontist

Average Salary: $228,500

Number six is the third profession in the dental field on our list, and the highest paid of them all. Orthodontists are responsible for examining, diagnosing and fixing any dental abnormalities relating to the position of the jaw and teeth.

They straighten the structure of the teeth, fix crooked smiles, and adjust bite positions using braces and retainers.

To achieve Orthodontists status, you’ll need to first complete a dental degree and then enrol and complete a postgraduate Orthodontist program. As we’ve seen with other professions in dentistry, the pay off is well worth your time if you can qualify.

5. Gynecologist

Average Salary: $235,240

In fifth place, we have a physician that specials in medical care related to pregnancy and childbirth, as well as diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of woman.

Gynecologist help maintains the woman’s reproductive systems and their tasks can vary greatly from one day to the next.

For example, one day they might have to deliver a baby and the next they could be performing laser surgery to remove HPV cells, or just carrying out regular checks.

4. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon 

Average Salary: $243,500

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are different from normal dentists, as they perform surgical procedures to the face, mouth and jaw, that mainly focus on hard and soft tissues.

In order to have a career in this field, you’ll need to study for an additional four years after completing a dentistry degree. But, with an average salary of close to $250,000, those extra four years could be well worth your time.

Also, it’s a career that also allows you to help other people whilst being financially rewarded, which can’t be said for all the career paths on our list.

3. Surgeon

Average Salary: $251,000

Surgeons are one of the highest-paid careers in the world to pursue. It’s also very easy to justify their average annual salary, as they’re actually saving lives and improving peoples overall well being.

To become a surgeon, depending on the specialism you choose, requires several years of extra study after becoming a qualified doctor. You’ll need to pick an area of interest to specialise in and then do the required work to be able to practice as a professional surgeon.

The more experience you have and the rarer your specialist area of expertise is, the more money you’re able to make.

2. Anesthesiologist 

Average Salary: $265,000

Anesthesiologists are physicians that are responsible for administering anaesthetics prior to, during or after surgery.

They also have a number of other responsibilities including, dealing with emergency situations, giving advice on pain management and carrying out assessments in critical care units.

If becoming an Anesthesiologist sounds like something you’d like to do as a career, then, after becoming a doctor, you’ll need to complete a further 4-year anesthesiology residency program.

It’s possible that you’ll also need to sit a further examination from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).

1. Neurosurgeon

Average Salary: $381,500

The highest paying career in the world is a Neurosurgeon. This is a highly trained surgeon that has chosen to specialise in, diagnose and surgically treat disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system.

Neurosurgery is one of the most demanding medical professions and requires an extensive amount of training and education.

For example, in order to earn the big bucks, you’ll need to complete the normal eight years of doctoral training, a one-year internship in general surgery, and roughly five to seven years in a neurosurgery program.