by Lisa McGrimmon
Highest paying careers top ten lists have limited value when you are making career choices. While career salary statistics are important to have, simple lists of best paying careers limit you because, they carry extremely limited information.
While ensuring you'll earn a reasonable salary is an important part of choosing a career, earning an acceptable income is only one small aspect of ensuring your career is satisfying and will meet your needs.
There are thousands of different types of jobs that exist. Many will pay well and meet your salary needs and expectations. You've probably never even heard of or considered many of these jobs, so if you limit your job options to a simplistic top ten list of high paying careers, you could miss out on some great opportunities that would be an excellent fit for your needs, values, abilities and interests as well as your bank account.
Instead of limiting yourself, take some time to explore a variety of career options, and use good sources of labor market information to determine how much you would typically make in a given field of work.
There are several useful online sources of salary information. The following sites provide reliable salary information, as well as a lot of additional useful information about thousands of jobs:
O*Net - United States
You can also check online job postings to find typical wages for jobs in your area. Simply look up job postings in your area for the type of job you are considering. Of course, not all job ads will list salary information, but if you look at several job postings you will find several that do specify the salary. This information, combined with the information you can find at the websites noted above will give you a good sense of the typical salary for any given type of job. That information is far more valuable and helpful than any list of highest paying careers you might find.