10 Most High-paying Jobs After A College Degree

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

It is true that all your life you have only studied. Your earliest memories are that of primary school. From there you went on to secondary school and later carved a niche for yourself during your higher secondary education. Once all of that was over, life thrusts you into the arms of college and you had to slog there for the next 3 or 4 years. Thus, it will be fair on our part to say that you have spent the major duration of your life in the premises of some or the other educational institution.


However, now that college life is done and dusted with, the next question that arises is what you want to make out of your life. Although different people have different priorities, making money is definitely one of the few things that are high on most people's priority list.

High-paying Jobs After College

If you are one such person, we have some help to offer with respect to this important life decision of yours. This article speaks at length about a list of 10 most high-paying jobs for a fresher.

1. Investment Bankers

It is obvious that since they make a living by giving monetary advice to people, they are very good at handling their own money. The average entry-level salary here is pretty good and stands somewhere close to Rs 12,00,000 per year. For an experienced candidate, the figures may go up to Rs 50,00,000 per year and beyond.

2. Pilots

Most of us know that the amount of money involved in the training of a commercial pilot is very high. However, not everyone is aware that a pilot graduates out of college with a salary that is as high. The average starting salary for a commercial pilot in the country is Rs 20,00,000.

3. Marketing Agents

It is obvious that no matter how good or bad the product or a company is, the only way that the same will sell is through proper marketing. If you have a proper in-depth knowledge of marketing, you can easily work your way through the corporate ladder and find yourself in the top of the company hierarchy.

However, one thing that must be borne in mind here is the fact that this will require perseverance. When you join this field straight out of college, you can expect to earn somewhere close to Rs 3,00,000. However if you stay put and are able to prove yourself, you will find yourself earning close to Rs 10,00,000 in a matter of 2 to 3 years.

4. Software Engineers

This is one field where there is always a dearth of professionals. Here the starting salary is close to Rs 3,50,000 and with experience it goes all the way up to Rs 15,00,000. In India, jobs in this sector are prevalent in places like Bangalore and Noida. All you need is a basic BE or BTech degree and with time you can make close to Rs 20,00,000 per annum.

5. Business Analysts

The main job role of these people is to analyse the competition in the market and come up with innovative techniques to improve business. People who are logically sound and have a high IQ are usually preferred for this role. The fresher-level starting salary here is close to Rs 6,00,000.

Once you enter the profession, the amount you will make will depend on a number of factors like the number of hours you are ready to put in and on how good you are at your job.

6. Chartered Accountants

This is one exam that is hard to crack. However, once you have cracked this exam, there is no looking back. The starting salary here is about Rs 5,50,000. With experience, the figures grow and experienced candidates often earn as much as Rs 25,70,000 per month.

7. Medical Representatives

This is one field that is free from the crutches of recession. Any medical company will want its medicines to sell and for that to happen it will have to send out medical representatives who will advertise the products to the doctors. Since the revenue of a company depends on these people, they are paid very highly.

The starting salary in this profession stands at a value that is higher than Rs 3,00,000 a year and may vary from company to company.

8. Lawyers

This is a highly challenging profession and one needs to be exceptionally smart with very good communication skills in order to pursue a career in this field. The field is equally high paying with the starting salary for an average corporate lawyer standing at more than Rs 6,10,000.

In fact, in the past it has often been seen that people refuse the post of judges in courts simply because they do not want to do away with the high monthly income that they make as lawyers.

9. Those In The Oil And Natural Gas Sector

Professionals in this field would include marine engineers, civil engineers and geologists, amongst others. Since this is one of the most profitable sectors in the country, professionals in this field are known to be paid more than their counterparts in other professions.

This is true even in the case of fresh graduates who join this profession straight after college. Other than the take-home salary, firms in this sector also offer their employees tons of other benefits.

10. Fashion Designers

This is one field where creativity has higher precedence over experience. Thus, chances are that if you are fresh out of college, you may have a lot of new ideas which may have been unheard of all along. If you are able to showcase originality and innovation, you may well make all the way up to Rs 3,00,000 in a year straight after your graduation. With the passing years, the salary is only expected to rise.

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