Posted January 31, 2013 by

Top 10 Best Paying Jobs for Four-Year College Grads

Petroleum Engineer

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Many college and university students and graduates are motivated by a desire to make the world a better place. Many are motivated by money. And many are motivated by a combination of the two along with other factors. But if money is important to you then this list of the highest paying occupations for college graduates should be of great interest.

  1. Petroleum Engineer – $122,242 – design methods for extracting oil and gas from the earth’s surface
  2. Airline Pilot, Copilot and Flight Engineer – $105,518 – flies and navigates aircraft
  3. Aerospace Engineer – $102,409 – designs aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and missiles
  4. Nuclear Engineer – $99,715 – researches and develops ways to get benefits from nuclear energy and radiation
  5. Computer Hardware Engineer – $98,134 – designs, develops and tests computer equipment
  6. Software Developer, Systems Software – $96,034 – develops computer applications and underlying systems
  7. Chemical Engineer – $92,934 – applies chemistry, biology and physics to solve problems, typically involving the production of food, fuel, drugs, chemicals, etc
  8. Electronics Engineer (excluding computer) – $91,478 – designs and develops electronic components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace, acoustics, etc
  9. Actuary – $91,062 – analyzes the financial cost of risk and uncertainty
  10. Atmospheric and Space Scientist – $89,794 – investigates the atmosphere and meteorological data to prepare reports and forecasts; includes weather analysts and forecasters.

Source: CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists

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