Professional Career Salaries
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Although the word “professional” is used when talking about entry or mid-level careers, in its true sense, a professional career is one in which a person has completed at minimum a bachelor’s degree up to a PhD and often finished some type of specialized training. Professional careers are those that require time and hard work to build but ultimately, careers that offer excellent stability, advancement, and lucrative salary.
Professional careers are considered prestigious and often people are in the public eye or at minimum, well established as an expert within a community. Although the work involved is typically demanding, in exchange for meeting every challenge head on and finding the appropriate resolution, a professional would make a competitive salary. Regarding job responsibilities, these would be unique to the industry and exact role a person plays.
Below are 10 examples of professional career opportunities along with education, degree, and experience needed, as well as current median salary.
- Architect – Bachelor Degree of Architecture (five year program), state licensing, average salary $55,000 annually
- Computer Programmer – Two-year certificate, Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Programming or a related field with salary between $49,000 and $66,000
- Dentist – Graduate from a university with American Dental Association Commission on Dental Association accreditation, state licensing, and median salary of $130,000
- Engineers – Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with emphasis on the exact engineering field and potential to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 a year
- Lawyer – Master’s Degree and Law School Graduate from a university with American Bar Association accreditation, along with salary upwards of $100,000 a year
- Occupational Therapist – Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy that brings potential salary to around $52,000
- Psychologist – Doctoral Degree as a Counseling Psychologist or Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the possibility to earn $75,000, sometimes more
- Public Relation Specialist – Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, one to two years of PR experience via an internship, and median salary of $40,000 a year
- Speech / Language Pathologist – Master’s Degree or PhD, nine months postgraduate professional clinical experience, and supervised clinical experience to earn a salary between $45,000 and $70,000
- Television, Motion Picture, and Video Camera Operator – Formal postsecondary training is essential along with on-the-job training to bring the level of salary to around $42,000