One of the highest paying positions in healthcare, anesthesiologists make an average of $129.62 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Professionals in this position earn such a high rate because the lives of patients are quite literally in their hands. Anesthesiologists are responsible for managing the patient's blood pressure, heart rate and breathing during surgery. The position requires a four year bachelor's degree, a four-year degree in medicine and a four-year anesthesiology residency.
As the baby boomer generation ages, the demand for various healthcare positions is likely to rise, especially in areas with high retirement populations. With people living longer and leading more active lives, surgeons will likely always be in high demand, as the position not only requires several years of school, but is also a very high-stress job. BLS reported that the average surgeon salary is $252,910. That figure excludes oral surgeons.
3. Obstetrician and gynecologist
In the U.S., birth rates have remained stable since the 1970s, reported World Bank. After the dramatic increase in fertility rate that lead to the baby boomer population, the rate has leveled off to roughly 1.84 children per woman. Therefore, the demand for obstetricians and other pregnancy-related professions is likely to remain high. BLS reported that obstetricians and gynecologists make approximately $234,310 annually.
4. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
The rise in employment for oral surgeons is expected to increase by 9.8 percent annually, according to BLS. The average salary for this position rests at $232,870. This position treats diseases, injuries and genetic defects in the oral and maxillofacial regions. Becoming an oral surgeon requires two years of pre-medical education, a four-year dental degree and a minimum of four years in a residency program.
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