The 10 Highest Paying Jobs In America, And How To Land Them

Added by Edan Barak on Mar 30, 2015

4 Dentists

Average mean salary: $161,020
Study time: Around 4 years for general, 4-5 years more to specialize.

Dentists are healthcare practitioners that are charged with the diagnosing, preventing and treating of issues in the oral cavity. The profession includes many specialties such as endodontics, oral pathology, periodontics and more, although most dentists opt for general practice.

The top income earners in the field are usually those that open a private business, which means they have to deal less with the practice of dentistry and more with business issues such as administration, financial and company operations. In the U.S. it is necessary to carry a dental license to practice, which makes the barrier to entry very high, allowing these businesses to earn very high revenues.

3 Chief Executive Officers

Average mean salary: $165,080
Study time: Formal education not necessary but only a small percentage of CEO's are without format education. Here are some CEO success stories.

The position of Chief Executive is probably one of the least understood jobs in any company despite commanding a massive salary and a lot of respect. They are tasked with creating a strategy for the company to follow, and a vision or goal that should always be strived for. They decide on the market that the company should target, the branding of the company, marketing strategies and more. For this reason they must have a myriad of different skills under their belt, and know how those skills interact with one another. CEO's act as middle-men between the company's shareholders, employees, customers, and investors. They walk a fine line between all these worlds, trying to keep everyone happy while meeting all the different individual needs.

The Chief Executive should have a great amount of experience in the company's industry as well as having excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to create a clear vision and direction for the company to follow, and an extroverted personality to help convey that vision. Generally CEO's must work their way through the lower ranks to attain the coveted position, and they should know how to garner respect for themselves and their ideas as they climb the corporate ladder.

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