Five Careers With The Biggest Payoff for Going Beyond A Bachelor

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It is estimated that 30 percent of people in America have a bachelor’s degree. A person who has a bachelor’s degree can make over $60,000 per year. However, people who want to make a six-figure income should plan on furthering their education after they earn their bachelor’s degree. Below are five careers that have the biggest payoff for going beyond a bachelor’s degree:


Surgeons are required to spend four years in college and four years in medical school. After medical school, they are required to complete a residency that lasts anywhere from five to seven years. This means that a person who wants to become a surgeon could possibly spend up to 15 years in school.

Being a surgeon certainly does pay off in terms of salary. A surgeon can make anywhere from $168,000 to $337,000 per year. This means that a surgeon can earn a salary that is over 10 times higher than the national average for all other occupations in America.

Furthermore, there will always be a need for surgeons. That is why job security is another benefit that comes along with choosing this profession.


An anesthesiologist is a professional who is responsible for administering anesthetics during surgery and other medical procedures. Anesthesiologists are also responsible for monitoring a patient’s vital signs during procedures. The first step in becoming an anesthesiologist is to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology, pre-med or a related field. The next step is to complete medical school. Students are then required to complete a residency in anesthesiology, which lasts at least four years.

Anesthesiologists can hold jobs in hospitals, clinics, outpatient centers and other health care practices. An anesthesiologist can make anywhere from $166,000 to $317,000 per year.


An orthodontist is a professional who is responsible for examining, diagnosing and treating oral cavity anomalies and dental malocclusions. Orthodontists are required to complete four years of college, four years of dental school and two or three additional years of training in orthodontics. An orthodontist can make anywhere from $161,000 to $204,000 per year.


A lawyer is a professional who gives legal advice and assistance to clients. Lawyers are required to spend four years in college and three years in law school. They are also required to pass the bar examination before they can legally practice. Lawyers can earn anywhere from $112,000 to $166,000 per year, so the time spent in school is well worth it.


Obstetricians are doctors who care for women during pregnancy. Gynecologists are doctors who diagnose and treat disorders of the female reproductive system. People who are interested in this field are required to earn a college degree, attend medical school, and then complete a residency that lasts at least three years.

Today, doctors who are interesting in practicing obstetrics or gynecology typically receive training in both fields. An obstetrician/gynecologist can make anywhere from $140,000 to $280,000 per year. Not only is this career lucrative, but it can also be very rewarding.

Earning a postgraduate degree can be quite tedious and stressful, but it pays off for most people. Surgeons, lawyers, obstetricians/gynecologists, orthodontists and anesthesiologists are some of the highest-paid people in America.

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This is a guest post.  Lindsay Workman is a school administrator and guest author at Best Education Degrees. She contributed to the guide to the Top 10 Online Masters in Education Programs.


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