The 10 Highest Paying Jobs In The World

Every year figures are released by the Office for National Statistics, outlining the highest paid jobs in the UK. Envy ensues as workers all over the country fawn over these lucrative careers.

If money is your motivator, and you're still unsure about what career path to choose, why not take inspiration from these big earners? Below are the top 10 best paid jobs in the UK - let the money flow. 

1. Chief Executives

Average salary: £85,223

Unsurprisingly, right at the top, we have the CEOs. These guys are accountable for the business they head and typically have a pretty stressful day-to-day, to put it lightly.

How do you become one?

Normally CEOs require a degree in a field related to business management, from an accredited institution. But even with that, you can expect to climb a particularly long ladder to reach the top spot.

2. Pilots & Flight Engineers

Average salary: £78,736

Flying in at number two, we have the aerial acrobats and engineers who power them. Developing cutting-edge flight technology or piloting it can land you a serious salary.

How do you become one?

Pilots actually only need A-levels, after which they undergo an intense training programme to obtain their license. However, don't quit university just yet - flight engineers need a degree in a relevant engineering subject.

3. Medical Practitioners 

Average salary: £71,279

The third best paid career in the UK is of course one in the medical profession. These highly skilled individuals provide ongoing health care for us all, earning a large and deserved wage along the way.

How do you become one?

Before you can enjoy a career in medicine, you must first attain a degree in medicine. This usually takes five years, after which you'll undergo a two-year foundation programme.

4. Marketing & Sales Directors 

Average salary: £68,245

These stern defenders of a company or organisation's brand are responsible for increasing and maintaining their share of the market. They will report to the top dog on a range of topics, such as how best to keep their customers happy.

How do you become one?

Marketers and Sales people will often work their way up after entering the field from graduation. Related degrees aren't usually necessary, however a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing will be advantageous to career progression.

5. IT & Telecoms Directors

Average salary: £63,622

Still sat at the board of directors' table. The role of an IT director is to plan, implement, maintain and develop a company's entire IT strategy. Introducing new technologies to ensure the business is running as smoothly as possible. It's a chaotic career, which must explain the hefty price tag.

How do you become one?

Apparently the talent pool for IT & Telecoms directors is smaller than the number of positions available; so get a degree in computer science or other technology field and you'll soon have companies fighting over you

6. Legal Professionals 

Average salary: £61,544

The hot-shot lawyers come in at number 6. The role and pay of a legal professional varies drastically depending on their practice and speciality. Company lawyers are typically amongst the most well-paid.

How do you become one?

A degree in law is advantageous but not always necessary. Taking a legal training course and gaining relevant experience is the key to qualifying as a lawyer.

7. Senior Police Officers 

Average salary: £59,037

Senior police officers direct and coordinate the workforce of the police, and are usually the face of the beat when it comes to community relations.

How do you become one?

There's no course that can fast track you into one of these senior rules; instead they are usually achieved through years of policing experience. You must, however, pass a background and security check and have lived in the UK for over 3 years.

8. Financial Managers 

Average salary: £55,504

It seems only fitting that those who manage money should earn a lot of it. They manage and advise on financial strategies and budgets; effectively controlling and keeping track of how much a company is spending, earning and losing.

How do you become one?

You'll need a degree in business, finance, accountancy, economics or maths & statistics along with a professional accountancy qualification.

9. Education Professionals

Average salary: £50,214

All those people who wore funny robes at your graduation? Yeah, this is them. Essentially university chancellors and others who rank highly in the education sector. Think of them as the CEOs of schooling; they'll be responsible for overseeing educational institutions and maintaining a certain quality of teaching.

How do you become one?

These roles aren't usually advertised, instead Vice Chancellors are invited to apply. The governing body of an institution will together discuss who they'd like to fill the role - often credible and worthy members of the community with an exemplary reputation.

10. Managers

Average salary: £48,158

A rather vague term, but those who are responsible for managing day-to-day functions of a business are included here. These guys will report to senior management and directors, while overlooking project managers and team leaders.

How do you become one?

A degree in business management will set you on track, but as with any corporate management role, you'll have to work your way through the ranks before being able to flash the cash.

Do you want to start earning big bucks? Get job hunting! 


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