8. Data Scientist
In the age of information technology, data scientist is a burgeoning career. The field’s skill set is still new, and those trained in data science can command competitive salaries. In 2015, the average salary for a data scientist was $124,150. There was no data to support that an advanced degree increased pay in this field. The profession has an expected growth rate of 15% over the next decade.
With an annual median wage of $129,110, orthodontists fell short of the No. 6 position in 2015 by less than $1,000 in average annual income. Orthodontists are expected to be in higher demand in areas with more accessibility to comprehensive dental insurance. The 10-year growth outlook for this occupation is also 16%.
6. Petroleum Engineer
Petroleum engineers only require a bachelor’s degree and earn an annual median wage of $130,050. Since oil exploration and extraction are critical to the world’s economy, the need for more engineers drives both high growth outlook (26% over 10 years) and wages that rank among the world’s best.