The 250 Best Paying Jobs by Michael Farr and Dr. Laurence Shatkin provides a wealth of information on the job market including the required skills, number of openings, job responsibilities, and the requisite professional or other training or education needed for serious candidates.
The authors cite the jobs in which many are paid well. Some metropolitan areas and specific industries may pay well over $100,000 for certain jobs. In some jobs, there is better pay equity with a minimum or non-existent pay gap between men and women.
A strength of the presentation is that the authors explain why employers set wages at a higher level. The reasons are substantive and logical in many cases. For instance, a nuclear technician may be paid a premium for exposure to radiation. A physician or nurse is paid more for the responsibility attached to making medical errors or misjudgments.
Some positions are paid more due to employee exposure to substances like lead or mercury. Chief executives are paid enormous amounts of money and benefits for their judgments which impact the “bottom line” of company profits. There are other responsibilities of a chief executive including the livelihoods of thousands of employees, the environment, the general public, and the high stakes of the investment public.
Examples of the top paying positions include physicians, computer specialists,
engineers, construction managers, nurses, nuclear technicians, and a host of highly skilled professionals in virtually every area of the professions.
The 250 Best Paying Jobs by Michael Farr and Dr. Laurence Shatkin is an excellent resource for career planning by students, blue collar, and white collar workers. The presentation is easy to read and understand. The cost is modest in comparison to the high value of the information contained in the book.