9 Jobs With the Biggest Earning Potential


In a tough economy, many people would be happy to make more money. If you’re considering what career is best for you, or you are hoping to make a career change, you might consider one of the nine jobs listed below. Bloomberg came up with a list of the top jobs for earning potential by calculating the ratio of pay for the top 10 percent of workers to pay for the bottom 10 percent of workers (earnings-power potential.) Bloomberg excluded managerial positions, jobs that pay $100,000 at the 10th percentile, and occupations with less than 10,000 jobs across the nation, or occupations without enough data. The ranking is based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics. While some of the jobs on the list are obvious choices, some might surprise you. Here are the top nine jobs on the list.

1. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Who ever said that sales agents don’t make any money? Employees in this category had a 5.147 earnings-power potential, with the top ten percent making more than $159,276, and the bottom ten percent making less than $30,948. That seems pretty good considering that the 2012 median household income was $51,371.