Want to Earn a Doctor's Salary with a BA Education?

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ba degreeEveryone wants to earn a hefty salary in their careers, and it's no secret that some of the highest-paid people are doctors, dentists and lawyers. It's even less of a secret that those careers aren't easy to come by. They require years of schooling -- something that not everyone can (or wants to) handle.

But don't despair. If you want to earn a lot of money, but don't necessarily want to earn and advanced degree, check out these 20 careers. Although you won't start out earning six figures, with your bachelor's degree in tow, you can easily work your way up.

Here are 20 high-paying jobs that require only a bachelor's degree:


1. Chief executives

Salary: $160,440

Education: Many top executives have a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration, liberal arts or a more specialized discipline.


2. Natural sciences managers

Salary: $123,140

Education: Natural sciences managers usually move up to management positions after starting out as scientists. They may have a bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline.


3. Engineering managers

Salary: $120,580

Education: Engineering managers usually move up to management positions after starting out as engineers. Nearly all engineering managers have at least a bachelor's degree in some specialty of engineering.


4. Petroleum engineers

> Salary: $119,140

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in an engineering specialty.


5. Computer and information systems managers

Salary: $118,710

Education: A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field such as computer science, information science or management information systems is usually required for management positions.


6. Marketing managers

Salary: $118,160

Education: Employers often prefer a bachelor's or master's degree in marketing, or in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.


7. Financial managers

Salary: $110,640

Education: A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics or business administration is the minimum academic preparation for financial managers, but many employers now seek graduates with a master's degree.


8. Sales managers

Salary: $110,390

Education: A wide range of educational backgrounds is suitable for entry into sales manager jobs, but many employers prefer college graduates with experience in related occupations. Most sales managers start out as sales representatives with a bachelor's degree in business.


9. General and operations managers

Salary: $107,970

Education: Just like their responsibilities, the formal education and experience required by general and operations managers vary. Most of these workers have at least a bachelor's degree and considerable experience.


10. Human resources managers

Salary: $103,920

Education: A bachelor's degree is typical to break into the human resources field. It should be noted, however, that many colleges and universities don't offer degree programs in personnel administration, human resources or labor relations until the graduate degree level. This particular salary applies to human resources managers other than payroll and timekeeping, labor relations managers and training managers.


11. Public relations managers

Salary: $101,220

Education: A bachelor's or master's degree in public relations or journalism is preferable for public relations management positions.


12. Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates

Salary: $100,450

Education: A bachelor's degree and work experience are usually the minimum requirements for judges and magistrates. Many have law degrees and some are elected.


13. Computer hardware engineers

Salary: $100,180

Education: Engineers usually earn a bachelor's degree in an engineering specialty.


14. Political scientists

Salary: $99,320

Education: Political scientists with a bachelor's degree usually qualify for entry-level positions as a market analyst, research assistant, writer or policy analyst.


15. Actuaries

Salary: $95,980

Education: A bachelor's degree and a strong background in mathematics, statistics and general business are needed to be an actuary. They're also required to pass a series of exams in order to become certified professionals.


16. Advertising and promotions managers

Salary: $94,720

Education: Employers often prefer a bachelor's degree in advertising or journalism, along with related courses.


17. Computer software engineers, systems software

Salary: $94,520

Education: A bachelor's degree is normally required for software engineering jobs, although a master's degree is preferred for some positions.


18. Purchasing managers

Salary: $94,300

Education: Most employers hire applicants who have a college degree and who are familiar with the merchandise they sell and with wholesaling and retailing practices. Workers may begin as trainees, purchasing clerks, junior buyers or assistant buyers.


19. Personal financial advisers

Salary: $92,970

Education: Personal financial advisers must have a bachelor's degree. Many go on to earn a master's degree in finance or business administration or get professional designations.


20. Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents

Salary: $92,050

Education: Most positions require a bachelor's degree in business, finance, accounting or economics. An MBA or professional certification is helpful for advancement.


Rachel Zupek is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBwriterRZ.

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