Many American workers are treading water or worse, suffering from declining wages, thanks to an uneven economic recovery from the Great Recession.
That has prompted new economic research into what types of workers are benefiting the most in the post-recession years, leading some academics to note that occupations requiring college degrees are enjoying most of the gains. While pursuing a medical or legal degree is one way to earn a six-figure job, Americans have plenty of other opportunities to find high-paying work, but most involve specialized training, according to a new study from employment site Glassdoor.
Income of more than $100,000 places a worker in the top 20 percent of American earners, but beyond that is the psychological boost of earning six figures, often thought of as a hallmark of success. Many Americans are finding themselves farther away from that threshold, however, because the inflation-adjusted median household income has dipped from a high of almost $58,000 in 1999 to just under $54,000 in 2014.
Some of the jobs on Glassdoor's list don't require a college degree, but all of them require specialized skills.
"What's surprising is that while the job descriptions for these roles often require or highly desire at least a college education, it's not mandatory to get hired," said Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor career trends analyst. "These skill sets are incredibly tough to come by, so when an employer finds a candidate with them, they'll want to learn more about that person or even offer them a job soon."
However, Dobroski added, "if you're in the running with others who do have a college degree, the nod could go to that other person if you both relatively have similar qualifications otherwise."
While dozens of occupations pay more than $100,000 annually, Glassdoor noted that this list is designed to shed light on high-paying jobs that some Americans may not be aware of. Read on to learn more.