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      Highest Paying Jobs in the US with a BA Degree

      According to the latest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the 25 highest-paying jobs that require no more education than a bachelor’s degree.  To see more detailed data,  see here.

      25. General and operations manager

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      General and operations managers plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public- or private-sector organizations.

      Median annual wage (2016): $99, 310

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 688, 800

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      24. Materials scientist

       

      Materials scientists research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass.

      Median annual wage (2016): $99, 430

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 1, 800

      Work experience: None

      On-the-job training: None

      23. Sales engineer

      Reinhold Matay/Invision/AP

      Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses.

      Median annual wage (2016): $100, 000

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 23, 000

      Work experience: None

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

      22. Software applications developer

       
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      Software applications developers develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.

      Median annual wage (2016): $100, 080

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 238, 000

      Work experience: None

      On-the-job training: None

      21. Actuary

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      They use advanced statistics and modeling software to forecast the cost and probability of an event.

      Median annual wage (2016): $100, 610

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 11, 700

      Work experience: None

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

      20. Advertising and promotions manager

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      Advertising and promotions managers coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce materials such as posters, contests, coupons, or giveaways to create interest in the purchase of a product or service.

      Median annual wage (2016): $100, 810

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 11, 400

      Work experience: Less than five years

      On-the-job training: None

      19. Computer network architect

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      Computer network architects plan and lay out the internal computer networks used by workers in an organization.

      Median annual wage (2016): $101, 210

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 31, 500

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      18. Nuclear engineer

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      Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation.

      Median annual wage (2016): $102, 220

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 4, 400

      Work experience: None

      On-the-job training: None

      17. Training and development manager

      Gleb Leonov/Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/Flickr

      Training and development managers plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

      Median annual wage (2016): $105, 830

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 11, 900

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      16. Systems software developer

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      Systems software developers research, design, develop, and test operating-systems-level software, compilers, and network-distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general-computing applications.

      Median annual wage (2016): $106, 860

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 107, 900

      Work experience: None

      On-the-job training: None

      15. Human resources manager

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      Human resources managers oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes.

      Median annual wage (2016): $106, 910

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 46, 600

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      14. Public relations and fund-raising manager

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      Public relations and fund-raising managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client.

      Median annual wage (2016): $107, 320

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 27, 100

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      13. Aerospace engineer

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      Aerospace engineers design aircraft and propulsion systems and study the aerodynamic performance of aircraft.

      Median annual wage (2016): $109, 650

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 20, 700

      Work experience: None

      On-the-job training: None

      12. Purchasing manager

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      Purchasing managers plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services.

      Median annual wage (2016): $111, 590

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 17, 900

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      11. Computer hardware engineer

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      Computer hardware engineers solve problems that arise in computer hardware.

      Median annual wage (2016): $115, 080

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 18, 400

      Work experience: None

      On-the-job training: None

      10. Compensation and benefits manager

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      Compensation and benefits managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to determine how much an organization pays its employees and how employees are paid.

      Median annual wage (2016): $116, 240

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 6, 000

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      9. Sales manager

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      Sales managers set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for organizations’ sales representatives.

      Median annual wage (2016): $117, 960

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 108, 000

      Work experience: Less than five years

      On-the-job training: None

      8. Natural sciences manager

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      Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

      Median annual wage (2016): $119, 850

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 13, 300

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      7. Financial manager

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      Financial managers produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

      Median annual wage (2016): $121, 750

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 169, 300

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      6. Airline pilot, copilot, or flight engineer

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      Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multiengine aircraft, usually on scheduled air-carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo.

      Median annual wage (2016): $127, 820

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 19, 300

      Work experience: Less than five years

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

      5. Petroleum engineer

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      Petroleum engineers design equipment to extract oil and gas in the most profitable way.

      Median annual wage (2016): $128, 230

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 13, 000

      Work experience: None

      On-the-job training: None

      4. Marketing manager

      Juhan Sonin/flickr

      Marketing managers determine the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors and identify potential customers.

      Median annual wage (2016): $131, 180

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 64, 200

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      3. Architectural and engineering manager

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      Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

      Median annual wage (2016): $134, 730

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 59, 500

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      2. Computer and information systems manager

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      Computer and information systems managers help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

      Median annual wage (2016): $135, 800

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 94, 800

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      1. Chief executive

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      Chief executives plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

      Median annual wage (2016): $181, 210

      Projected job openings (through 2024): 58, 400

      Work experience: Five years or more

      On-the-job training: None

      Author: Yuri Punj

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