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2. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

December 4, 2018

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Master’s degree premium: 47.7% higher (+$42,000 per year)Median annual salary for master’s degree: $130,000Median annual salary for bachelor’s degree: $88,000Percent of employees with a master’s degree: 16.2%Projected job growth by 2026: 6.2%

Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents are the stop between buyers and sellers in the global financial market. They advise their clients on stock options, mutual funds and other financial instruments to maximize profitability and diversify their portfolios. They are also the highest paid workers on this list. Not surprisingly, gaining employment in this field is extremely competitive.

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