What Jobs Could Be For Me?

In dire straits over this issue of employment? Look no further for some possible career paths available to you. Job Openings by rustybrick via Creative Commons

In dire straits over this issue of employment? Look no further for some possible career paths available to you. “Job Openings” by rustybrick via Creative Commons

Alexa Dembo, Staff Writer

Students’ career options after finishing high school or college are both plentiful and hard to sort through. Finding a decent job that suits the degree you just received is often an extremely difficult matter. Fear not, however, dear students, as The Owl is here with your comprehensive guide to a few of the possible careers available to you as you prepare to enter the “real world.”

 Studies show that those with a college degree earn significantly more, making the act of receiving a college education a more lucrative option. The higher degree one possesses, the higher your median weekly earnings are likely to be. Thus, included here is a cumulative list of higher-paying jobs that are suited towards three of the more popular college bachelor’s degrees. 


For those looking to get a business degree: 

  • Accountant: 

Median annual income in May 2018: $70,500

“Young and Dedicated Accountant at Work” by Mweufika via Creative Commons.

The lowest in the career earned less than $43,650 and the highest earned more than $122,840

Accountants aid organizations in financing their operations, saving money, and maximizing their profits. They provide consulting and tax planning services and conduct audits. 

  • Management consultant:

Median annual in May 2018: $83,610.

The lowest 10% earned less than $48,360 and the highest 10% earned more than $152,760

Management consultants provide unbiased, strategic and objective advisory services that assist organizations in improving productivity and overall performance. 

  • Actuary: 

Median annual income in May 2018 was $102,880.

The lowest 10% earned less than $61,140 and the highest 10% earned more than $186,110.

Actuaries calculate the probability of risky events.They use their knowledge of accounting, finance, and economics and carry out complex analyses of these scenarios based on demographic profiles. 


Jobs for those with a Health Science degree:

Nuclear Medicine Icon by Ahmedmaksoud2036 via Creative Commons.
  • Radiation therapist:

Median annual income: $80,220

Radiation therapists are responsible for administering treatment for many forms of cancer. 

  • Nuclear medicine technologist:

Median annual income: $73,360

Nuclear medicine technologists operate advanced equipment that creates detailed images of a patient’s body. 

  • Dental hygienist:

Median annual income: $72,330

Dental hygienists are responsible for the general cleaning of teeth and gums. They assist dentists by taking x-rays, removing tartar, applying sealant, and removing stains. 


Jobs for those with a degree in psychology:

  • Administrative service manager:

Median annual income: $96,280

An administrative service manager’s primary duties center on coordinating and directing an organization’s support services to employees. Common tasks they do include planning and distributing supplies, supervising administrative workers, and recording coordination and management. 

  • Human resources specialist: 

Median annual income: $60,880

These specialists are usually responsible for recruiting, hiring, transferring, or terminating employees for an organization. This job includes screening the initial applications and applicants, interviewing, and where new hires will be placed. 

  • Market research analyst: 

Median annual income: $63,120

Market research analysts often work in consumer psychology. They seek to understand why consumers make the choices that they make and what organizations may be able to do in order to influence these choices. 


Many people choose to forgo college altogether due to the cost or just dislike the idea of more schooling. Here are some high-paying, intriguing jobs for those who are planning on refraining from attending college. 

  • Nuclear power reactor operators:

    Photo of the Cofrentes nuclear power plant cooling towers. Via Creative Commons by Roberto Uderio.

Median annual wage: $94,350

Requires a high school diploma and extensive training.

The people who work at these power reactors control them and adjust control rods to change how much electricity a reactor generates. They also monitor reactors, generators, turbines, and cooling systems.

  • Commercial Pilot:

Median annual wage: $82,240

Need a commercial pilot license and a high school diploma. 

Commercial pilots handle unscheduled flight activities. These activities include aerial application, charter flights, and aerial tours. Some corporate pilots transport company executives. They are usually responsible for other non-flight duties such as arranging aircraft maintenance, loading luggage, and scheduling flights. 

  • Detective and Criminal Investigators:

Median annual wage: $81,920

Requires a high school diploma. Many federal agencies and some police departments do require a college degree or at least some college coursework. 

These law enforcement officers collect evidence and facts for criminal cases. They conduct interviews, inspect records, and keep track of the activities of suspects. They also participate in arrests and raids. 


To bring a twist to the world being full of fun, interesting and safe jobs, there are also quite a few jobs that you could realistically die doing:

  • Logger:

The amount of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers is 135.9.

The amount of non-injuries per 100,000 workers is 2,449.

Loggers do exactly what their name states: cut down trees for logs. There is always a constant risk of injury.

  • Jobs in the fishing industry:

    A fishing boat in Sweden – maybe it could be your future office! By W.carter via Creative Commons.

The number of fatal injuries in the U.S. during 2010-2014 was 188. 

These are the people that catch what goes into your sushi. While it is a necessary job for the food industry, it is definitely dangerous. 

  • Truck and sales drivers:

The number of fatalities in 2016 was 918

The workers drive truckers around the country transporting goods.

  • Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers:

The number of fatalities in 2016 was 260.

Farmers grow the food you eat, but it is somehow a very dangerous occupation. 

  • Roofers: 

The number of fatalities in 2016 was 101. 

Roofers install roofs for homes and buildings. 

Comprehensively, this list is meant to aid those who are in the process of considering what career field they should apply for and would be the best suited for. Everyone has different interests and skill sets and thus a different career path that could be a perfect fit. This compilation of careers will hopefully help in making this critically decision.