Top 10 Of The Highest Paying Jobs Across The World

April 17, 2023

The dream of making a six-figure salary is one many individuals share. After all, it offers quite a lot of financial freedom in life. However, it is crucial to note some of the highest paying professions around the world that can grant this wish take a lot of dedication, and most of them take years of schooling to gain the experience the position demands from those who hold it. Curious about these positions? Start reading to reveal the details on the top ten highest paying jobs across the globe for 2014.


Individuals looking to become attorneys must first obtain a bachelor's degree. This degree can be in any field of study the individual chooses, though majors such as English and political science often prepare applicants much better for law school than others. Those who wish to attend law school soon will want to study and pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) as soon as possible. For those looking to attend law school the following year, taking the LSAT before December is key. Law school, which results in a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, typically takes three years of study.

After completing a bachelor's and Juris Doctor degree, individuals must them pass the bar exam in order to gain a license to practice law in the United States. The annual median salary for a licensed attorney providing legal services is 113,530 dollars.

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A doctor of podiatric medicine studies the foot, ankle, and lower leg, and earns an annual salary of approximately 116,440 dollars. Gaining employment in this profession requires four years of undergraduate pre-med courses, typically involving biology and other sciences.

After graduation, individuals must pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to be accepted into a medical school to continue with four more years of study, followed by three years of medical residency. Finally, all individuals wishing to be a podiatrist must also take and pass a state examination to receive a license permitting them to practice within a particular state.

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Anyone looking to become a pharmacist and make an annual salary of 116,670 dollars must first take undergraduate courses in physics, chemistry, and biology. They must then take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) prior to enrolling in a PharmD degree, which is a four-year program approved for pharmacy education.

After completing their education, individuals wishing to be a pharmacist must also pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam and a state law exam to obtain a license. Each state also requires a certain amount of practical work experience.

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Air Traffic Controller

To be an air traffic controller, individuals must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the equivalent amount of work experience. Secondly, before turning thirty-one, they must enroll in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy, where they will complete the necessary courses. Finally, prospective air traffic controllers will need to pass the FAA's air traffic pre-employment tests.

The good news is all of this effort certainly pays off in the end. Air traffic controllers can earn quite lucrative annual salaries of approximately 122,530 dollars. It's no wonder, considering they have such an important role in keeping aircrafts safe from obstacles while in flight and on the ground.

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Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers develop new ways to find and extract oil and other natural resources from below the surface of the earth. Those wishing to enter this profession must first obtain at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, typically with petroleum engineering as a major. However, some companies will also accept mechanical or chemical engineering degrees. After completing their education, petroleum engineers can expect annual salaries of about 130,280 dollars.

It's time to dive back into medicine for the next position on this list.


Being a dentist involves a good bit of work, beginning with a bachelor’s degree in a science such as chemistry or biology, which carry the appropriate prerequisite courses for the next stage. This stage is passing the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), followed by four years at dentistry school to earn either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Finally, individuals must pass both a written and clinical exam to obtain their dentist's license, after which point they can expect an annual salary or around 146,340 dollars, as of 2014.

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Becoming an orthodontist has quite similar requirements as becoming a dentist, though there is a significant difference as well. Specifically, those who wish to become an orthodontist must also enroll in and complete a four-year graduate program, in which students will examine and treat real patients. Students must also earn a master's degree or doctorate (Ph.D.) in oral biology, oral science, or orthodontics.

Individuals must also write and pass a written test and clinical examination to receive their certification and official license. This specialized field of dentistry provides an annual salary of approximately 149,310 dollars.

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Psychiatrists must obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology, pass the MCAT, and then study for four to five years in a medical school and specialize in psychiatry. They will also need to complete their residency, which takes four years, before taking a state board exam and receiving their license.

It is also recommended newly licensed psychiatrists gain certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Individuals in this field can expect to earn an annual salary of 178,950 dollars.

Continue reading to learn about another lucrative job in the medical industry now.

General Practice Physician

Doctors in this field are often the first person a patient sees when a medical issue arises. General practice physicians often work with a wide range of conditions, and they are often the first to diagnose the issue at hand. Due to the vast amount of medical knowledge required for a position such as this, general physicians must at least know when to pass patients to specialists, the education required is significant. General physicians need the same amount of education as psychiatrists, though their course load will cover a wider range of topics.

Once individuals complete the necessary education and either establish their own medical practice or join one, they can expect annual salaries of 187,200 dollars or even more.

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Being a surgeon is extremely specialized and choosing a specific field to specialize in can take up to sixteen years of preparation. The long road to becoming a surgeon starts with four years of undergraduate study and a passing grade on the MCAT.

Four years of medical school come next, where individuals will earn a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. After graduating, individuals must enter into a surgical residency program at a teaching hospital, which takes up to eight years to complete. Finally, they must pass a certification exam in their chosen specialty (e.g., plastics, general, cardiothoracic) to practice as a surgeon. Though the road is demanding, surgeons make the top salary in the world and can expect to earn 233,150 dollars or more depending on their specialization.

In the end, a decision to pursue any of these positions will be worth the effort.

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