By Nigel Hilton
As the old saying goes; money can’t buy happiness. I know this, you know this, everyone knows this. However, money can buy a sense of comfort in life. It can allow you to stop worrying about bills, be less stressed out, and give you the funds to provide for yourself and your family. We may not like thinking like this, but money makes the world go round.
Which is why money is a key factor when choosing your career. You want a job that pays a good salary so you can live without financial trauma. This brings us onto the topic of today’s article; careers that pay extremely well. But, these aren’t just any careers, these are health care careers. Why? Because this is an industry that’s long been associated with high-paying careers. Largely, this is because most healthcare jobs require lots of training and education beforehand. So, all that hard work gets rewarded with a big salary. Not to mention the fact most jobs contain loads of responsibilities too.
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People have always said that if you want a career with a good salary, work in healthcare. I’m going to illustrate this point by showing you the highest-paying healthcare jobs so you can see how much you might earn.
Everyone knows that physicians earn a lot of money, and if you become one now you could be sitting on an annual salary of over $180,000. That’s an awful lot of money, but it’s a salary you will most certainly earn the hard way. Physicians have to consult with patients and diagnose their various illnesses and medical problems. Then, it’s up to them to prescribe the right course of treatment and ensure the problems are solved. They also have to carry out general medical examinations and screenings, such as testing patients for various forms of cancer.
The path to becoming a physician is very long and difficult – as you would expect for a job that’s so important. You need to start out by obtaining a bachelor’s degree, passing the MCAT test to get into medical school, spending four years in medical school, then completing around three to seven years of residency training. After all of that, you can get your medical license to become a full-on physician. Essentially, if you’re thinking of a career change and want to become a physician, you better make the decision as early as possible in your life!
You might be surprised to find a nursing job on this list as they’re usually the forgotten people of the healthcare world. However, if you make your way up the nursing career ladder, you’ll find a role that can pay upwards of $100,000 per year. A nurse practitioner is different from a regular nurse in that they have more responsibilities and a higher role within the organization. They can take on specialist roles and work with select portions of the population such as children or the elderly.
How do you become a nurse practitioner? To start, you have to become a Registered Nurse with a BSN. You can do this by getting a diploma or associate’s degree and then going on an online RN BSN program. Or, you can simply study for a BSN at a university of your choice. After this, you need to gain a good couple of years experience as a Registered Nurse. Then, you need to pursue a postgraduate degree and get a Masters of some kind in the nursing field. After this, you can gain certification by a nursing board to be a registered nurse practitioner.
Healthcare careers exist outside hospitals as well, with a psychiatrist being a very popular job for many. Could the popularity be down to the whopping annual wage of over $220,000? Possibly, but this isn’t a career you can enter for the fun of it. A psychiatrist has a very serious job diagnosing people’s mental illnesses and helping those in need. A lot of the work involves counseling sessions and therapy that’s designed to help break through mental barriers and improve patient’s mental health.
Becoming a psychiatrist is almost identical to becoming a physician in the path you take. Again, you need a relevant bachelor’s degree, then you have to pass the MCAT exam, then go to medical school, residency training, before finally being licensed. The difference is obviously that you will be studying for this particular field of healthcare, so you’ll learn a lot of different stuff. Plus, you need to get certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology before you can start practicing properly.
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Pathologists are essentially physicians with a lot more responsibilities and a much harder job. If you’ve even been to see a doctor and they’ve taken blood, urine, or skin sample from you, they send it off to the pathologist. Here, the pathologist will look at the samples they’ve been provided and test them for various diseases. In doing this, they can diagnose the problems a person has, and give their findings back to the physician. It’s a very stressful and demanding job, as people’s lives can depend on the results of the pathology work. As such, it’s no surprise that the annual salary is well over $250,000!
To pursue this career, you need to become a qualified and licensed physician beforehand. So, follow all those steps up until you begin your residency. Here, you have to take part in additional pathology training. Once this is done, you can get your medical license, but you also need to become board certified. After this, you’re a proper pathologist, but you need to maintain your certification as you will be re-tested throughout your career.
As you can see, all of these careers provide huge financial incentives. They’re all at least triple the average salary in the US. Granted, getting into one of these careers requires loads of effort and education. But, if you want a career that pays extremely well, these are four that you may want to consider.