List of Careers That Make Over $50,000 a Year

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Choosing a career is a serious decision. In addition to your likes and dislikes, income potential is also a consideration. Money isn’t the most important aspect of a job, but it’s good to know how much you could make. The amount you earn on a job depends on numerous things, including your level of expertise and place of employment.

Millwright

  • Millwrights work with heavy machinery. According to the Virginia Career Review website, the job deals with installing, dismantling and moving heavy equipment according to blueprints and layout plans. Tasks involve things such as replacing defective parts, using hand and power tools to assemble equipment and repairing and lubricating machinery.

    Millwrights often receive on the job training or serve in apprentice positions. A college degree is not required, but most millwrights have a high school diploma or GED. According to the Virginia Career Review website, the average salary for millwrights in the U.S. is $50,030.

Court Reporter

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, court reporters prepare transcripts of speeches, legal proceedings, meetings and conversations. The transcripts provide written accounts of spoken words to serve as accurate legal records. Stenographers are the most common type of court reporters. Stenographers document proceedings in real-time using a stenotype machine. Some court reporters do electronic reporting, which uses audio equipment to record the proceedings. The tapes are later transcribed into written form. Court reporters normally work for state and local governments. Training courses are available from select universities, colleges and trade schools. On- the-job training is available as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2008 court reporters in the U.S. earned a median annual wage of $51,150.

Librarian

  • Librarians assist library patrons with finding information in books, magazines and online. The job also involves organizing and cataloging information. Most librarians now perform their tasks with the aid of computers. Librarians work in places such as K-12 schools, universities, colleges, information centers and public libraries. Most librarian positions require a master’s degree in library science. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2008 librarians in the United States earned a median annual wage of $52, 530.

Dental Hygienist

  • Dental hygienists work with dentists to provide dental care for patients. Job duties include examining teeth and gum for signs of disease and cleaning stains and plaque from teeth. Various colleges and universities, such as the New York College of Dentistry offer dental hygiene programs. In addition to participating in a dental hygiene program, dental hygienists must receive a license from their state of employment. According to Lansing Community College, the median annual wage of dental hygienists was $66,570 in May 2008.

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