The top 5 most lucrative careers of 2022


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – When the average person considers the recent rise in gas prices, startling increases in housing costs and exorbitant prices for consumer goods, their next thought is often something like, “I might need more money.

One source says an average annual salary of $98,070 should be enough for a person in Louisiana to live comfortably.

But what types of careers pay enough to meet or exceed that salary?

Experts categorize some jobs as ‘Good’, in that they offer a good work-life balance in addition to being well paid, while other jobs are the ‘highest paying’ careers.

The five best jobs of 2022, as they often give employees a sense of satisfaction in addition to a decent salary, can be found below:

  1. Enterprise Architect

job description: An enterprise architect is an IT professional who oversees a company’s entire IT platform. Typical responsibilities include designing processes, documenting essential IT procedures, tracking project progress, and maintaining a focus on security.

Median salary: $144,997

  1. Full-stack engineer

job description: Full stack engineers create user interactions on websites, develop servers and databases for website functionality in addition to writing code for mobile platforms. They often work with graphic designers to create web design features and oversee projects from concept to finish.

Median salary: $101,794

  1. Data Scientist

job description: Data scientists use their analytical, statistical, and programming skills to collect, analyze, and interpret large data sets. They use this information to develop data-driven solutions to tough business challenges.

Median salary: $120,000

  1. DevOps Engineer

job description: A DevOps engineer leverages both their understanding of engineering and coding when working with various departments to create and develop systems within a company. They increase workplace productivity by creating and implementing system software and analyzing data to improve existing technology.

Median salary: $120,095

  1. Strategy Manager

job description: Strategy managers analyze an organization’s strengths, weaknesses and operational effectiveness. They also identify opportunities for improvement, recommend initiatives that reduce risk, and formulate strategies to achieve long-term goals.

Median salary: $140,000

On the other hand, the five highest paying careers of 2022 – regardless of their impact on emotional well-being – are in the medical field and can be found below:

  1. Anesthetist

job description: An anesthesiologist is a doctor who has received special training in administering drugs or other agents to prevent or relieve pain during surgery or other procedures.

Median salary: $208,000

  1. Surgeon

job description: A surgeon is a physician who can remove diseased tissue or organs, repair body systems, or replace diseased organs with transplants. Surgeons can be general surgeons and perform all types of surgery, or they can be specialized, such as heart surgeons, brain surgeons, dentists, or veterinarians.

Median salary: $208,000

  1. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

job description: Obstetricians and gynecologists deal with the full spectrum of women’s reproductive health. While obstetrics is the surgical field associated with childbirth, gynecology is the field of medicine related to women’s health, with particular emphasis on reproductive medicine.

Median salary: $208,000

  1. Orthodontist

job description: An orthodontist is a dentist trained to treat irregularities in the teeth and jaws.

Median salary: $208,000

  1. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon

job description: These specially trained oral surgeons are trained to perform operations that correct diseases, injuries and defects of the face, jaw or mouth. They diagnose and treat problems associated with the bones and tissues of the jaw and lower face (maxillofacial region).

Median salary: $208,000

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