Want to make the big bucks right out of college? According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting the jobs outlook through 2022, your best chance of landing a high paying job after graduation is by earning a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degree. In fact the ten fastest growing, highest paying jobs are all STEM related jobs. It comes as no surprise that computer and information technology jobs top the list, as well as jobs in most engineering fields.
But non-math and science majors needn’t fret. There’s also a high demand for graduates with strong communications skills to work in the marketing, public relations and advertising industries. Here are some of the top-paying jobs.
1. Civil Engineers
Median Annual Wage: $79,340
Projected Growth: 20% (faster than average)
Background: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or civil engineering technology.
Civil engineers design, construct, supervise, operate, and maintain large construction projects and systems, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Civil engineers generally work indoors in offices, but also spend time at construction sites monitoring operations.
2. Computer Systems Analysts
Median Annual Wage: $79,680
Projected Growth Outlook: 25% (much faster than average)
Background: Bachelor’s degree in computer or information science or liberal arts majors with skills in information technology or computer programming.
Computer systems analysts design information systems to help an organization operate more efficiently and effectively. These solutions are based on the company’s needs and objectives.
3. Information Security Analyst
Median Annual Wage: $86,170
Projected Growth Outlook: 37% (Much faster than average)
Background: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related experience.
Information security analysts are responsible for safeguarding an organization’s computer networks and systems from cyber attacks. Most information security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms, and business and financial companies.
4. Biomedical Engineers
Median Annual Wage: $86,960
Projected Growth Outlook: 27% (much faster than the average)
Background: Biomedical engineering
Biomedical engineers improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care by creating solutions to problems in biology and medicine. Biomedical engineers work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, research facilities, and government regulatory agencies.
5. Medical and Health Services Manager
Median Annual Wage: $88,580
Projected Growth: 23% (much faster than average)
Background: Bachelor’s degree. Requirements vary by facility.
Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services for healthcare facilities, clinical departments, or group medical practices. Medical and health services managers must be adaptable to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.
6. Marketing Manager
Median Annual Wage: $88,590 (promotions managers), $119,480 (marketing managers)
Projected Growth: 12% (on pace with average growth)
Background: Bachelor’s degree in marketing or liberal arts
Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers develop strategies to promote a client’s products, brands and services. About 24 percent of advertising and promotions managers worked for advertising agencies in 2012. About 16 percent of marketing managers worked in the management of companies and enterprises. Creativity, graphic design knowledge and strong writing skills are a must.
7. Software Developer
Median Annual Wage: $90,060 (applications software developers), $99,000 (systems software developers)
Projected Growth: 22% (much faster than average)
Background: Bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.
Software developers create the computer programs that we use every day. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices and networks.
Median Annual Wage: $93,680
Projected Growth: 26% (much faster than average)
Background: Bachelor’s degree with a strong background in mathematics, statistics, and business.
Actuaries use math, statistics, and financial theory to analyze the likelihood and financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk. Actuaries’ work is essential to the insurance industry. Candidates must pass a series of exams to become certified professionals.
9. Petroleum Engineer
Median Annual Wage: $130,280
Projected Growth: 26 % (Much faster than average)
Background: Bachelor’s degree in engineering (preferably petroleum engineering)
Petroleum engineers develop methods for extracting oil and gas from below the earth’s surface. They also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. Petroleum engineers generally work in offices or in research laboratories, but also spend a good deal of time at drilling sites.