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The Top 10 Highest Paid Post-Graduation Jobs

by Brittany Hendricks
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Is your college graduation right around the corner and you still haven’t found the perfect job? Or maybe you’re in college or graduation from high school and you’re still trying to decide what your major in college should be! Well we just made your search that much more easier.

Check out our Top 10 Highest Paid Post-Graduation Jobs in the US! Let us know what you think in the comments sections below.

10. Merchandise Planner  Do you enjoy money and retail? Then this might be your area of expertise. Being a merchandise planner means you get to analyze sale trends to determine the next big trend that’ll hit the market. For all you fashionistas out there, this job means you get to forecast the next big fashion trend!

  • Estimated Pay: $51,400
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (merchandising, marketing, business or finance)

9. Forensic Accountant  These people are hired to look into possible and suspicious fraudulent activity within a company or organization. Another part of their role is to prevent these same fraudulent activities from occurring in the future.

  • Estimated Pay: $51, 400
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (accounting or finance – certification may be required)

8. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative  We all know those pesky and persistent sales representatives who ring our doorbells and call our phones at the most inconvenient hours, but what you might not know is how much this job pays for hard-work and persistence. Contrary to popular belief, they spend most of their time on the road talking to pharmacists and doctors about prescribing their company’s products to their patients and the general public.

  • Estimated Pay: $52,900
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, toxicology or related fields)

7. Power Plant Operator  If you are looking for a more laid back working environment, this isn’t the field for you. A person in this occupation must remain alert and attentive at all times. This person is responsible for seeking out problems with electrical power at power plants that operate for residents within the city and then subsequently fixing them.

  • Estimated Pay: $54,400
  • Degree: High school diploma

6. Network Security Analyst  How do you feel about being single-handedly responsible for every single secured piece of information at your company? Enticing? Then this is the job for you! As a network security analyst, you will be in charge of creating a network strong enough to keep out hackers and others who seek to infiltrate your company’s network. Also, a Bachelor’s degree is not necessarily need — a computer networking certificate is enough to land this job!

  • Estimated Pay: $55,700
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (information technology, mathematics or computer science)

5. Software Developer  They do exactly what it sound like… develop software. Beyond that, software developers are also in charge of researching, designing, implementing, and testing software for their respective companies.

  • Estimated Pay: $58,200
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (computer science)

4. Actuarial Assistant  If you choose to pursue this occupation, you are fortunate enough to choose from two different fields: Life & Health as well as the Financial Industry! Within the Life & Health Industry, you will be expected to calculate the anticipated number of claims that are the direct result of auto accidents, incorporating things such as a person’s age, sex, driving history, type of car and other factors. If you choose to work within the financial industry, you will be responsible for aiding in the process of managing credit, setting prices for corporate security offerings, and devising new investment tools to help their companies compete with other companies. Sound fun, right?!

  • Estimated Pay: $58,400
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (mathematics, actuarial science, statistics or finance)

3. Investment Banking Analyst  Are you the busy-body of the bunch? Then this is the perfect field for you. As an investment banking analyst, you have the distinct privilege of working closely with business associates, team leaders and vice presidents in investment banking companies by analyzing financial statements, constructing financial models and scheduling internal meetings.

  • Estimated Pay: $69,100
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (business or finance)

2. Business Technology Analyst  In this role, you will be responsible for helping make companies more “efficient, effective and profitable” according to Boston University Corporate Education Center. They work closely with business managers to identify their needs within the company. Following this exchange, they then work closely with the IT department to execute these specific needs.

  • Estimated Pay: $69,900
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (business, information technology or computer science)

1. Petroleum Engineer  Rounding out our Top 10 List is a job in the engineering field! In this role, you will be responsible for the production of hydrocarbons that come in the form of either crude oil or natural gas. They also address and solve important issues related to energy security — something that is in high demand these days.

  • Estimated Pay: $87,600
  • Degree: Bachelor’s (engineering, preferably petroleum engineering)

** Our Top 10 List was compiled from AOL Jobs. Click here for more information.


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