10 Highest Paying Bachelor Degrees

If you are still sitting on the fence about which degree you want to pursue, consider these jobs that can make you top dollar.

Before you read, please note that these numbers are based off the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is part of the United States Department of Labor. Also note that managers almost always have higher salaries in every field so they will be excluded from this list because the whole point is to provide specific skills that pay the most with a bachelor’s degree. With that said, read on and enjoy your options.

10. Actuary

Salary: $97,979

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Projected job openings through 2024: 11,700

Description: An Actuary is a business professional that analyzes financial risk and consequences. Actuaries use financial theory, statistics and mathematics to speculate about future events. These speculations mostly revolve around insurance and pension programs.

9. Software Application Developer

Salary: $98,260

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 238,000

Description: An application developer is someone who programs and tests application software for computers, tablets or smartphones. Application code and process varies across Windows, Android or iOS and some people choose to specialize in one specific area while others are more general.  On one hand, the more general knowledge you have, the more job opportunities you can seek. While on the other, the more focused you are in your area, the more skilled you will become and the higher your salary will be. Options are plenty so choose what interests you most.

8. Electronics Engineer

Salary: $98,270

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 30,300

Description: Electronic engineers develop, design and test systems, components and equipment that use electricity as part of their process. Some of these components include transistors, resistors, capacitors and diodes.

7. Computer Network Architect

Salary: $100,240

Previous experience: 5 years or more

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 31,500

Description: Computer network architects design, build and test communication networks such as wide area networks (WAN’s), local area networks (LAN’s) and intranets which is basically a private network system within a company. These networks can be fairly small, connecting only a few offices or fairly large like cloud infrastructure that serve multiple purposes and clients.

6. Nuclear Engineer

Salary: $102,950

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 4,400

Description: Nuclear engineers focus on the process of the breakdown as well as fusion of atomic nuclei. They also deal with application of other sub-atomic physics and other aspects based on nuclear physics principles.

5. System Software Developer

Salary: $105,570

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 107,900

Description: System software developers research, design, program and test systems-level software as well as other underlying systems for devices and networks. They work in industrial, medical, military and just about any other area of the job market that revolves around technology.

4. Aerospace Engineer

Salary: $107,830

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 20,700

Description: Aerospace engineers work with cutting-edge technology to research, design, develop and test the performance of things like space craft, satellites, weapons systems, missiles and civil as well as military aircraft.

3. Computer Hardware Engineer

Salary: $111,730

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 18,400

Description: Computer hardware engineers work primarily with the configuration of computers, system updates, layout  and design of computers for maximum efficiency. They design the most cost-effective and compact models possible with the goal of increasing speed as well as functionality.

2. Airline Pilot

Salary: $117,290

Previous experience: Less than 5 years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Projected job openings through 2024: 19,300

Description: Airline pilots focus on flying the aircraft, checking aircraft weight distribution based on loaded cargo and passengers as well any other warning devices. They also listen to proper takeoff and landing instructions from air traffic controllers to make the flight as smooth as possible.

Side Note: Air traffic controllers can make more than airline pilots and don’t require a bachelor’s degree. If you are interested, check out the top-paying jobs with an associates degree.

1. Petroleum Engineer

Salary: $129,990

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 13,000

Description: Petroleum engineers are involved in most of the stages of the oil and gas field evaluation as well as development and production. Their goal is to minimize the cost of hydrocarbon recovery while maximizing the productivity. There is also a strong emphasis on reducing the environmental footprint.

This concludes the list of top-paying jobs with a bachelor’s degree. Do any of these jobs suit you one way or another? Alternatively, do you have a different degree that you are planning to stick with that is not on this list? Let us know in the comments and we will respond.

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