The best-paying jobs in 2014

Be prepared to stay in school for a long time if you want one of these lucrative jobs.

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Aug 23, 2014 11:19AM
Best advice I received regarding career choice was find what you like/love to do and be happy. The rest will take care of itself.  Life is too short to be toiling in a miserable career choice. Money doesn't buy happiness.
Aug 21, 2014 10:55AM
So... go through med school for 7 yrs making no money, then another year of internship with no pay, rack up $300,000 in student loans - then you can start making $200,000 a year with take home pay of $100,000.  Break even after 10 or 15 years? 
Then the Democrats try to force you into taking 40% pay cuts for socialized medicine or the Dems won't allow you to see their patients.
Our Healthcare industry is doomed.

Aug 21, 2014 12:50PM
They forgot about Congress, CEOs CFO's, Wall Street traders all make much more than many of those listed here.
Aug 23, 2014 9:21PM
Aug 24, 2014 1:48PM
This article seems to have an agenda. With no mention of software engineers, CEOs, Wall Street Tycoons, Financial "experts," and many others, I think that MSN it trying to stir resentment against certain groups while deflecting contempt from others here. 
Aug 24, 2014 2:59PM

Yaha Yaha Yaha

Thanks so much for enlightening us. BS

My Son completed his 4 year degree. Aggressively looked for work for 2 years. Nothing but Jersey Mikes to get by. Fell back on plan "B". Joined the armed services. And even K Kristofferson's Boy joined. Sorry to hear about the graduates having so much debt. But America thrives on "financial servitude". I think joining the military is a valuable experience. Maybe one day people will realize how corrupt this country is and fight to get it back.

Love my country, fear my government.

Aug 21, 2014 8:09AM
All will be well in Ferguson Mo. we have the corrupt  kings sidekick going to straighten it all out. Eric Holder should be investigating his own corruption, not our law enforcement.
Aug 23, 2014 9:59PM
I know a lot of school administrators make high salaries. Many Superintendents make 150,000 to 200,000 +  Why are they worth that??? 
Aug 23, 2014 10:14PM
Many of those poor families have kids that enlist in the military to protect some of you selfish people and your way of life and freedoms....  They die for you. When many of the injured troops come back they do not get the care they need because the VA is short of funds, YET the VA is building big expensive inefficient facilities and many military that sat behind a desk for their careers get nice benefits. 
Aug 26, 2014 8:46AM
They left out our politicians. They are raping the taxpayers and reaping the benefits.
Aug 24, 2014 2:15PM
Many med students getting ready to graduate this year will find a tougher job market out there, and lower wages. Very few if any will have any chance of opening their own office, and most will find work at hospitals. The thing about hospitals is they now expect the physician who is also a employee to generate income, whether it is through surgery's, lab or other diagnostic tests, or just seeing patients. Gone are the days when the physician was worshiped by adoring administrative officials, and nurses alike. Today it's all about the money, and how much did you make for the business today. Under performers are whisked away, and must start their search all over again. 
Aug 23, 2014 10:05PM
Whine whine, 62 percent of the people on food stamps are working families. They work full-time and still do not make above poverty level wages. You want to trade places with them, since you think they have it so great!!!
Aug 24, 2014 5:10PM
dont forget heavy equipment operators. my base salary is 130000 a year outside of o t . i work in downtown boston. dont believe me look it up. 
Aug 23, 2014 1:15PM

By Terence P Jeffrey

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released yesterday by the Census Bureau.
The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.
But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.
When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.
Subtract the 3,297,000 who were receiving veterans' benefits from the total, and that leaves 150,026,000 people receiving non-veterans' benefits.
The 153,323,000 total benefit-takers at the end of 2012, said the Census Bureau, equaled 49.5 percent of the population. The 150,026,000 taking benefits other than veterans' benefits equaled about 48.5 percent of the population.
When America re-elected President Barack Obama in 2012, we had not quite reached the point where more than half the country was taking benefits from the federal government.
It is a reasonable bet, however, that with the implementation of Obamacare — with its provisions expanding Medicaid and providing health-insurance subsidies to people earning up to 400 percent of poverty — that if we have not already surpassed that point (not counting those getting veterans benefits) we soon will.
What did taxpayers give to the 109,631,000 — the 35.4 percent of the nation — getting welfare benefits at the end of 2012?
82,679,000 of the welfare-takers lived in households where people were on Medicaid, said the Census Bureau. 51,471,000 were in households on food stamps. 22,526,000 were in the Women, Infants and Children program. 20,355,000 were in household on Supplemental Security Income. 13,267,000 lived in public housing or got housing subsidies. 5,442,000 got Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. 4,517,000 received other forms of federal cash assistance.
How do you put in perspective the 109,631,000 people taking welfare, or the 150,026,000 getting some type of federal benefit other than veterans' benefits?
Well, the CIA World Factbook says there are 142,470,272 people in Russia. So, the 150,026,000 people getting non-veterans federal benefits in the United States at the end of 2012 outnumbered all the people in Russia.
63,742,977 people live in the United Kingdom and 44,291,413 live in the Ukraine, says the CIA. So, the combined 108,034,390 people in these two nations was about 1,596,610 less than 109,631,000 collecting welfare in the United States..........

Aug 21, 2014 12:22AM
My sister in law is a lawyer at a well known firm in Rhode Island and she makes less then what it said in the slideshow. I believe salaries has always ranged by states MSN.
Aug 21, 2014 10:53AM

How dare there be such a salary descrepancy between these jobs and the Wal-mart greeters.  How is that fair.  How do you expect the Wal-mart greeters and burger flippers to live when these people are making such excessive wages?  Shouldn't they be limited to a certain multiple of the Wal-mart greeters wages? 


Now how is this all related to the events in MO? 

1) Through the growth of the dependency class and the politicians that cater to their needs require increased taxes to pay for this dependency. Increases in the minimum wage violates the laws of supply and demand and over inflates the cost of unskilled labor and drives up the cost of skilled labor because of the inflated prices of other goods and services.

2) The same decline of moral values that leads to looting and destruction of property and leads also to the loss belief in self responsibility and a need to depend on the federal government for economic and social solution as opposed to family and neighbors.  It allows people to exist in a state of contentment without having to work, or improve their skillset.

3) The creation of a special class within US society has led to people that believe they are above the law. This balkanization is facilitated by the federal government treating people differently under the law based on such qualities as race, sex, age, national origin, sexual preference, marital status, and income. Why should any one US citizen be treated differently under the law than any other US citizen? What should be the basis of this treatment difference?

Aug 21, 2014 5:55PM
Go for Medical Technologist (Clinical Lab Scientist) if you are interested in biology and chemistry. I graduated with a Biology degree and found out that the job market is tough for a college graduate first hand. Took a couple more years of college to finally get the MLS certification and a decent paying job. I wanted to be able to help people but didn't want to deal with the constant patient interaction that a nurse deals with. 

Albeit the pay can be considered low (starts at 18-24 dollars an hour in most areas) for the amount of work that you have to deal with but the ability to move inbetween different laboratories and the chances of becoming a lead tech/manager really makes the field seem great. The interaction between analyzer and hands-on work interaction also means that you will be busy and that the day flies by. Additionally, clinical lab scientists should be in higher demand (there is already close to 100% placement for graduates) in the future as the current work force trends towards an older employee base.

That's my recommendation for people interested in healthcare but don't really want to deal with patients 24/7. You have to start somewhere and with a high demand for employees it's hard to beat this job and I consider myself fortunate to be able to help cancer patients on a daily basis in a job that I truly enjoy.

Aug 21, 2014 11:37AM
Panhandler, No student loans, no overhead safe a piece of cardboard and felt tip pen and your protected under the first amendment because charities and Washington lobbyists do it all the time and I live in a van down by the river so no debt. I'm going to start my own think tank which will make me a small business owner maybe a small business loan or better yet a government contract. I'll need crowd source funding for my start up? Let's run this up the flag pole and see how she waves what do say gang.     
Aug 21, 2014 10:20AM
Wow, in California especially the bay area of California,  $120,000  a yr is average! Yet, no mention of Software engineer....
Aug 24, 2014 2:47PM
It's not OK for pharmacists to count pills.  Give that job to techs with 2 years at com. college.  Those pharmacists should have jobs as drug experts with prescribing privileges.  The medical system is over-regulated.  I can't believe the hoops I have to jump through just to get a refill of my blood pressure medicine.
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