9 Top Careers with Major Money-Making Potential

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Want to make $267,000 a year? Then you should be an anesthesiologist, according to Investopedia.

But that's only one of the many hot careers available right now. Some of these jobs have massive money-making potential. But they are all in high demand.

So if you are looking for a career with a high salary, something you enjoy, and a job that is in demand, consider these 9 high paying careers.


Thanks to the fact that human bodies fail, doctors will always be in high demand. And thanks to the boomer population, there's an even higher need for geriatricians.

Becoming a doctor isn't an easy field to get into. It can take anywhere from 11 to 15 years before you can become eligible for medical licensing. But it pays off.

If you want to make the big bucks, look into orthopedics, where you can make $489,000.

Financial Adviser

The cool part is financial advisers weren't a career option twenty years ago. But today people are more comfortable talking about their finances. Now they're seeking professional help.

To get started, it helps to know how money works. Do you like math and finances? Are you unafraid of balancing the books?

You may enjoy becoming a financial adviser.

Many financial advisers start off as bookkeepers going into college. But most professionals have a bachelors in accounting or finance and further certifications. Financial advisors help people make budgets, debt pay-off plans, and retirement plans.

The median salary for a financial adviser is $90,000, but many make as much as $108,000.


There's a reason the old story goes that you should marry a doctor or a lawyer. Like doctors, lawyers stay in high demand.

And becoming a lawyer isn't easy. It takes about 7 years of further study after high school, but it can pay off. The average lawyer salary is $141,000, but some make as much as $200,000 if they practice corporate law.

Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents offer an exciting career path. It doesn't take too much to get started and still make good money. Within a few months, you can go from knowing nothing to ready to sell.

On top of that, the real estate agent career has a 3% 10-year growth projection. Plus you get to set your own hours and be your own boss - say goodbye to the 9 to 5!

The average real estate agent salary is $45,000, but many make $75,000 or higher. Some agents can even land $1,000,000 in one year by selling high-value real estate.

You can make more by working with a top realty company. They let you keep your entire commission without taking a percentage.


Being a freelancer is hard work, but it's a field that's growing. If you have any marketable skill, you can become a freelancer. Set your own hours, be your own boss, and work with your own clients.

Various sites like Upwork can help you get started. How much you make will depend on your expertise and your clients. It's estimated that many freelancers make up to $68,000.

Grow Master or Botanical Specialist

420 friendly? Canada has already legalized marijuana, and the U.S. is on the brink of legalization. It's time to start considering pot as a career.

In fact, there are a lot of cool jobs in the marijuana industry that pays well. For example, a grow master (or a botanical specialist) can make up to $100,000 a year! Your wide knowledge of marijuana is ready to pay off!

Software Developer

Have a love of video games or an interest in programming? You may want to consider becoming a software developer. Of course, not everyone in this career path works in video games or mobile apps.

It's nonetheless a lucrative option. To get started you'll need a bachelor's degree in a related field. But once you're on your feet you can expect to make about $100,000, or more if you are in the Silicon Valley area.

Plus you can always take up freelancing to supplement that.


Like we need doctors, we need pharmacists. Pharmacists help their patients understand their medications. They counsel the doctors who prescribe medicines.

To become a pharmacist, you'll need a thorough understanding of chemistry to ensure medications aren't improperly mixed.

You'll need a doctoral or another professional degree, but you can expect to make $140,000.

Urban Farmer

Love working with plants and want to help the environment? Can't imagine leaving the city? Does your apartment look like a greenhouse? You may want to consider becoming an Urban Farmer.

This a new up and coming field, and there's not a lot of data out about it yet. But urban farmers work on turning abandoned land and space into gardens. Anything from an empty lot to a rooftop to a lobby is up for grabs.

Some condos are hiring an on-staff urban farmer as a perk for their residents.

There's not a lot of data available yet, but urban farmers have the potential to earn about $50,000.

These Hot Careers Can Help You Achieve Your Financial Dreams

There's nothing wrong with picking a career that pays well. A high paying job can help you achieve financial security. Take glamorous vacations, drive a car you're proud to drive and go to sleep at night knowing your family is safe.

But maybe knowing you'll never be out of a job is important to you too. In that case, these careers are growing, and they're not going away anytime soon.

Any of these hot careers can help you make enough money to achieve your financial dreams.

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