The Top Paid Jobs With a Bachelor's Degree

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While it is only one factor to consider when choosing a job, salary is of course a vital one. A graduate with a bachelor's degree could eventually earn up to £100,876 per year, as of 2011. The highest-paid careers also require experience, specialised training through the job and even moving up to management. But even recent graduates can earn a substantial amount, especially with a degree in engineering or computing.

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Engineering

Engineering offers many of the highest paid careers for graduates holding bachelor's degrees. Entry level positions are available for those with bachelor's degrees though training will continue throughout an engineer's career. Aerospace engineers earn, on average, £67,067 per year. Their job is to develop and test technology in fields such as aviation and defence. Most universities offer degrees in this field, some however, offer general engineering degrees with aerospace offered as a speciality. Petroleum engineers discover and drill for hydrocarbons in the ground. They also design equipment to help with this process. They earn £67,080 annually, on average. The highest paid role in engineering for bachelor's degree holders is an engineering manager, though this role requires many years experience as an engineer. Their role is to supervise and coordinate technicians, engineers and scientists and they earn an average £76,904 as of 2011.

Management

Marketing managers average earnings of £63,103 annually. It takes four years to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration. Their role includes managing advertising, analysing the market and handling the public image of a company. Though it takes many years of experience and expertise in a particular field to become the chief executive of a company, a bachelor's degree is a sufficient college qualification. Most chief executives hold degrees in a specialised discipline or business administration. They plan and carry out strategies to make sure a company's goals are achieved; they earned an average £100,876 per year as of 2011.

Computers

Computer hardware engineers design and create computer systems, networks and the components inside a computer. It takes students four to five years to earn a bachelor's degree in computer hardware engineering, but once graduated they can expect to earn £63,254.7 per year, on average. The highest paid job in computing goes to computer and information systems managers. Management roles require experience working with computers, as well as in-depth knowledge. They earn an average £70,532 per year as of 2011.

Educators

Elementary and secondary school education administrators oversee and coordinate the daily running of schools. Most administrators have worked as teachers and they earn £53,870, on average, as of 2011.

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