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10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries
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In an ideal world, everyone would be able to channel their passion into a profit. But it’s hard to deny that there are some fields that are just inherently more lucrative than others. If you don’t necessarily foresee yourself earning an MD or a JD, careers site Glassdoor has assembled a list of less familiar jobs that often come with an annual salary of $100,000 or more.

Check out the full list on Glassdoor’s website.

10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

1. Airline Pilot

1. Airline Pilot
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You can fly the friendly skies and make a median base salary of $120,000 a year. It’s an ideal role for people who enjoy travel, are adept at managing people and are cool under pressure.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

2. Dentist

2. Dentist
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If you have a head for science and want to take care of people, you can run a dental practice and make more than $125,000 a year. You’ll just have to complete some undergraduate and doctoral programs.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

3. Drilling Engineer

3. Drilling Engineer
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These mechanical engineers draw up and carry out plans at energy and water drilling sites and can make more than $115,000 a year.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

4. Equity Research Associate

4. Equity Research Associate
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If you have a knack for numbers and patterns, this could be a good gig for you. Equity research associates study and report on money and business trends, and jobs can be found within many financial institutions. They can earn a median salary of $100,000.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

5. Geophysicist

5. Geophysicist
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Some geophysicists study how the earth is evolving, while others extract valuable minerals from the ground. These experts conduct experiments using gravity, seismic, electrical and magnetic methods. They can earn more than $120,000 a year.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

6. Nurse Practitioner

6. Nurse Practitioner
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The medical field is growing as the population ages, but you don’t have to be a doctor to receive six figures in this line of work. Nurse practitioners can run their own practices and need a graduate degree in nursing. The median base salary for nurse practitioners is $100,000.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

7. Reservoir Engineer

7. Reservoir Engineer
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Ideal for someone with technical know-how, reservoir engineers are the ones who figure out where energy reserves are, particularly of oil and gas, and find the safest ways obtain them. They can make more than $143,000 a year.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

8. Regional Sales Executive

8. Regional Sales Executive
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There are several types of companies that require sales executives to help them get their word out and teach customers about their products. The job requires excellent people skills and may involve a bit of travel, and those at the high end can earn more than $100,000 a year.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

9. Software Architect

9. Software Architect
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These skilled coders create and build the software systems and infrastructures for businesses and organizations. They can make nearly $140,000 annually -- even those just starting out.

 
10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries

10. Special Agent

10. Special Agent
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Whether working for an agency like the CIA or FBI or a private entity, special agents’ duties can range from collecting and analyzing intelligence to protecting assets. They can make a median base salary of $121,000 a year.

 
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  • 10 Unexpected Careers With 6-Figure Salaries
  • 1. Airline Pilot
  • 2. Dentist
  • 3. Drilling Engineer
  • 4. Equity Research Associate
  • 5. Geophysicist
  • 6. Nurse Practitioner
  • 7. Reservoir Engineer
  • 8. Regional Sales Executive
  • 9. Software Architect
  • 10. Special Agent
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