If you're planning to shift careers, then the new year is always the best time to jump start big changes. Among the factors you'll have to consider, however, are salary, distance from home, the number of vacancies, chances of promotion, and satisfaction at your prospective job.
After all the hard day's work, who wouldn't want to come home knowing you're secure in your career?
A new jobs report by U.S. News listed the best paying jobs according to the factors stated above.
Notably, the top 10 best paying jobs come from the medical field. These are jobs that could not be replaced by robots, compared to technology and financial service industries which can alternatively use the help of artificial intelligence and computers.
Take a look at how much the average salary of these Top 10 jobs are:
1. Anesthesiologist - Average Pay: $258,100
Anesthesiologists are medical professionals that allow surgeons and other doctors to perform invasive procedures to patients by administering general or regional anesthesia that make for little to no pain at all during the operation.
Consider finding jobs as an Anesthesiologist in the metropolitan areas of San Jose, California, San Antonio, and Worcester, Massachusetts.
2. Surgeon - Average Pay: $247,520
Surgeons are professionals who operate on people suffering from injuries, diseases or deformities. It's always a risky procedure where one - both the medical team and family - must be prepared for.
Maria Siemionow, the surgeon who led a team of surgeons who performed the first face transplant procedure in the US, says, "Surgeons should prep for the possibility of failure by always having a plan B."
Surgeons working in the metropolitan areas of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Peabody, Massachusetts, and Boulder, Colorado took home the highest salaries.
3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon - Average Pay: $233,900
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists with additional surgery training - allowing them to treat from facial traumas to cleft lip, and even diagnose cancers in the head, neck and mouth.
The oral and maxillofacial surgeons that have the highest average salaries are working in the metropolitan areas of Boston, New Jersey and New York.
4. Obstetrician and Gynecologist - Average Pay: $222,400
Obstetricians and gynecologists are a woman's best friend in healthcare. They look after the health and wellness of women's reproductive health.
Obstetricians and gynecologists are almost the same in the field except, the former performs surgeries in childbirth. This means one can be a gynecologist without specializing in childbirth. However, obstetrics must be equipped with the knowledge base of a gynecologist.
Consider working in the metropolitan areas of Portland, Maine, Gary, Indiana, and Silver Spring, Maryland to take home the highest average salary as an obstetrician and gynecologist.
5. Orthodontist - Average Pay: $221,390
Orthodontists are like dentists and orthodontists but specializing in remedying mouth and jaw problems.
Their programs include the aid of braces, retainers, splints and other instruments to fix bites and straighten teeth to make not only a beautiful smile but also a properly functional jaw.
Get the most out of being an orthodontist by working in the metropolitan areas of Tennessee, Atlanta, and Boston.
6. Physicians - Average Pay: $196,520
Physicians are the first line of doctors that one calls when he finds a little irregularity and abnormality in the body. They are who patients call when they cannot tell what medicines can cure for common colds and cough or there is an emergency that needs medical attention.
Physicians working in the metropolitan areas of Florence, Alabama, Grants Pass, Oregon, and Boulder, Colorado reveal to be the highest paid ones in the US.
7. Psychiatrist - Average Pay: $193,680
Psychiatrists are physicians that deal with disorders relating to the mind and mental health; they diagnose and the connection of ailments in the mind to the body.
Psychiatrists work well and earn best in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Tucson, Arizona, and Trenton, New Jersey.
8. Pediatrician - Average Pay: $183,180
Love kids? Then you will love being a pediatrician too!
They specialize in the physical, emotional and social well-being of children from infancy to young adulthood. It's a job you'll love not only for the kids whose health you look after to, but also the good health of the salary you get from it.
While self-employed pediatricians tend to earn higher salaries than office-based practitioners, you may consider working in the metropolitan areas of Jacksonville, Florida, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cape Coral, Florida for a higher payout.
9. Dentist - Average Pay: $172,350
Dentists are professionals who identify and treat in the mouth, gums and teeth.
Dentistry stands out among professionals in the field as their schedules can vary widely - most often they can personalize and schedule their practice allowing them to perform their duties as dentists and at the same time earn a profit.
The dentists working in the metropolitan areas of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Denver achieve the highest salaries.
10. Prosthodontist - Average Pay: $161,020
Do you dream of having a smile that could win you beauty pageants or score you a modelling contract?
Prosthodontists could help you make your dreams come true. They are the ones who work on restoring and replacing teeth to achieve that beautiful smile on their patients' faces.
Prosthodontists have the highest payouts in the metropolitan areas of New Orleans, Newark, New Jersey, and Baltimore.