Show me the money: Highest paying careers requiring college degrees
If you're going to school for the sole purpose of making mega bucks after graduating, CNBC recently compiled a list of the highest-paying careers according to data pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Not surprisingly, just about all of them require a college degree, including these three that made the top 15 list:
Typically requiring a four-year professional degree, pharmacy jobs are considered to be the highest-paying job for the least amount of schooling. Pharmacists earn an average salary of $112,570 a year and the BLS projects employment will increase by about 25 percent between 2010 and 2020.
Dentists and Orthodontists
Let's face it: We all have to see the dentist twice a year. With a continuous flow of patients, whether they work in a private or public clinic, dentists can make an average of $204,670 annually. If you're currently working toward a dental assistant job, you may want to consider continuing your education for an even more lucrative position.
With an average yearly income of about $130,500 and a wide variety of specializations to choose from, lawyers will always be in high demand. You can go to law school with just about any bachelor's degree, and you can use your passion for, let's say, the environment or media law, to defend issues you deem most important.