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What Careers Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck?

There are many career paths that can help set you up for financial success, but some of them require more time to earn a degree in order to get the job you want. When deciding whether extra education is worth pursuing, consider job opportunities it will make available, as well as earning potential and growth. Once you’ve made career decisions, Nelnet Bank can help make your dreams a reality with smarter student loan solutions. Here are just a few of those careers you might be dreaming of.

Careers in Healthcare

Many people pursue a career in healthcare because they want to help people and make a difference, but careers in healthcare are among some of the best in terms of how they pay off financially, too. In a 2019 CNBC article listing the 25 best-paying jobs in 2019, 15 of those spots belonged to healthcare professionals – the highest being anesthesiologists at an average salary of $265,990.

While many jobs in medicine and healthcare have high stress levels and require years of additional schooling, they can also offer numerous job opportunities and high-paying, emotionally rewarding careers. There are also some medical careers that aren’t as stressful and may give you a better work-life balance than other careers, like dentistry and optometry.

Law Careers

In 2019, the average lawyer earned a salary of $141,890. Again, it’s not perfect for everyone, as you must go through extra years of law school, and being an attorney can be extremely stressful. But if you have a passion for justice and order, a career in law could be a consideration for you.

Engineering and Computer Science

The average salaries for flight engineers, petroleum engineers, and computer and information systems managers were all above $140,000. These were some of the highest paying jobs in the market, but there was other good news. Most of these jobs only require four years of college, as opposed to some of the other careers featured above. If math, science, or computers make you tick, a career in engineering or computer science could be in your future.


Another lucrative career option is being a leader of people. Knowing how to manage other human beings and figure out how they can perform at the best possible level is a skill in high demand. Many careers in marketing and sales management earned over $130,000, on average. While the required education may vary for these careers, you will likely need additional years of experience in your respective field before you can effectively direct and coordinate others in their job duties.


It should come as no surprise that a career centered on handling money can pay well. Helping people take care of their hard-earned cash is a great way to earn some hard-earned cash of your own. Financial managers earned an average salary of $143,530, and personal financial advisors earned $124,140 in 2019. Another added bonus to a career in finance is that you generally need just four years of school before you can start making money by making other people money. If you want your Master’s degree or an MBA, it will likely add on another two or four years of schooling.

Pursuing a career in the field you’re passionate about is an essential part of living a fulfilled life. If you need financial help to reach your education goals, Nelnet Bank can help you get on the fast track to success.

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