12 Six-Figure Jobs That Will Be In High Demand Over The Next Decade

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If you haven’t hit F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Retire Early), there’s a good chance you’re still in your wealth accumulation phase. And that, of course, means you probably have a full-time job. Whatever field you find yourself in, the goal is always to move up the ladder and have your salary increase as well. That said, we recently came across a report, gathered data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that shows what the some of the best six-figure jobs of the next decade will be.

At the rate that technology is moving, it’s never a bad idea to get an idea of where the job market might be moving. After all, think of all the careers that exist now that didn’t exist in 2011.

Times change. And the job market tends to change with it. If you think you’ll need to be employed for another decade, it is best to be prepared.

Six-Figure Jobs That Will Be Populate Over The Next Decade

Before we jump in, it is worth nothing that a lot of the highest paying jobs for the next decade are in the medical field.

That could be for a number of very obvious reasons, like they keep our population healthy. But we’d like to think it’s to sway some people who want to be Instagram influencers into the field of medicine. (Note: we’re wrong.)

12. Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers

Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

On the job, they prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts, and keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

These professionals also evaluate and grade students’ class work, assignments, and papers.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $99,090

11. General and Operations Managers

General and Operations Managers plan and oversee the daily operations of businesses. The job can entail a lot of different responsibilities (planning, human resources, pricing, sales, etc) but the main purpose of a GM or OM is to ensure company goals and objectives are achieved.

In order to become a General or Operations Manager, you generally need a college degree, but in certain fields it may not be required.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $103,650

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10. Information Security Analysts

Information Security Analysts are responsible for protecting an organization’s computer networks and systems from cyber attacks.

Key responsibilities of an Information Security Analyst include conducting vulnerability scans and penetration tests, monitoring security access, documenting findings and recommending risk mitigation strategies, creating plans to prevent malicious or inadvertent use of data, training users on security measures, and staying up-to-date on IT security trends and security standards.

To become an Information Security Analyst, you need a bachelor’s degree in computer science, experience in the information security field, and understanding of firewalls, proxies, SIEM, antivirus and IDPS concepts.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $103,590

9. Medical And Health Services Managers

Medical and health services managers oversee the training and recruitment of hospital staff. They also follow and maintain records of budgets, manage the day-to-day records of the facility, and create work schedules for healthcare providers.

Medical and health services managers can also handle finances for their organization; balancing budgets, overseeing patient billing and setting fees.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $104,280

8. Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts/Testers

Software Developers are always in high demand. Especially these days. The kind of work they do can vary, but the best software developers have the ability to create efficient algorithms, produce clean code, integrate third-party programs into systems and identify areas of improvement.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $110,140

7. Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners provide primary and specialty healthcare. Like a doctor, they can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions, prescribe medications, and provide health promotion and prevention services.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $111,680

6. Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants (PA) are a popular career in the medical field. The main difference between a PA and a doctor is time. While doctors complete four years of medical school, followed by an internship and residence, PAs complete their training in two years post undergrad.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $115,390

5. Lawyers

We all know what lawyers do, right? Right!

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $126,930

4. Financial Managers

Not to be confused with a Financial Advisor, Financial Managers help oversee the financial health of a company. Some of their job functions include producing financial reports and creating strategies to reach the organization’s long-term financial objectives

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $134,180

3. Marketing Managers

A Marketing Manager’s job can vary from company to company. However, most Marketing Managers are tasked with researching the market, understanding customer needs and preferences, forming all marketing strategies and budgets, managing the production of marketing materials and content.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $142,170

2. Computer and Information Systems Managers

The role of most Computer and Information Systems Managers include all facets surrounding computer-related activities within the company.

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $151,150

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1. Ophthalmologists and Other Physicians

Just like lawyers, we all know what doctors do, right? Right!

Average yearly earnings in 2022: $208,000

Final Thoughts

A lot of the careers on this list require extra schooling or a very specialized skillset.

That is why they tend to pay higher. One other thing to consider is the occupations listed are mostly in areas where you are someone’s employee. So you won’t see anything entrepreneurial-based on this list or any list like it.

What we’re saying is… if you don’t want to be someone’s employee, go to college for longer than you have to and you want to make a ton of money, one path to that is starting your own business. Or get into sales, preferably a field with high-demand and highly priced products. Like, say, medical devices. (Oh no! Everything comes back to healthcare!)

C. James

C. James is the managing editor at Wealth Gang. He has a degree in finance and a passion for creating passive income streams and wealth management.