These Are the Top-Paying Professions of 2016

Looking to make the big bucks? If so, you’ll want to take note of this year’s 25 highest-paying jobs. Money released the rankings for 2016, and the careers cashing in the most are set apart by a few somewhat obvious factors like intelligence and in-demand skills.

According to career and recruiting website Glassdoor’s study of each field’s median base pay, doctors hold the number one spot on this year’s list by a large margin, earning an average of $35,000 more per year than the second-place finishers, lawyers. It’s safe to say that rest of the top-paying professions that made the list require employees to work hard for their money, as most of the job titles are tied to specialized skills, higher education, and a reliably strong work ethic.

Aside from earning the most at the end of the day, the highest-paying jobs are also the safest; jobs in the technology and healthcare industries are more protected from automation (think robots) and competition. Find the 10 highest-paying professions and their median base salaries (MBS) below.

1. Physician ($180,000)

2. Lawyer ($144,500)

3. Research and Development Manager ($142,120)

4. Software Development Manager ($132,000)

5. Pharmacy Manager ($130,000)

6. Strategy Manager ($130,000)

7. Software Architect ($128,250)

8. Integrated Circuit Designer Engineer ($127,500)

9. IT Manager ($120,000)

10. Solutions Architect ($120,000)

To view the rest of the highest-paying jobs, head over to Money, and for those of you more interested in having a life outside of your career, take a look at the top 25 jobs for work/life balance. If you’re just entering the job market, pick up a copy of Dr. Meg Jay's The Defining Decade to help guide you down the right path.

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