The 9 Highest Paying Jobs of 2014

A List of the Most Lucrative Professions of the Year

9. Drilling Engineer

Job: Oil and Gas Drilling Engineer
Median salary: $84,059

These are the people who design oil wells and come up with ways to extract oil and gas from them. It involves drilling down beneath the surface of the Earth to get the intended resource out from both new and existing wells.

A bachelor’s degree is almost always needed for this job, which consists of work in laboratories and going out to drill sites.