155 Of The Hardest Careers To Get Into

Stanley Tan



Difficulty to get into these careers: Hardest

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these careers. Many require more than 5 years of experience.
Example: surgeons must complete 4 years of college and an additional 5 to 7 years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

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155 Of The Hardest Jobs To Get Into

 Career nameAvg salaryJob growth %Degree req
Anesthesiologists$246,32024.4Post-PhD Training
Surgeons$240,44023.2PhD
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$219,60016Post-PhD Training
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$214,75014.4PhD
Orthodontists$201,03016.3Post-PhD Training
Internists$190,53014Post-PhD Training
Allergists and Immunologists$189,76018.7Post-PhD Training
Urologists$189,76018.7PhD
Hospitalists$189,76018.7Post-PhD Training
Sports Medicine Physicians$189,76018.7PhD
Dermatologists$189,76018.7PhD
Preventive Medicine Physicians$189,76018.7Post-PhD Training
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians$189,76018.7PhD
Pathologists$189,76018.7Post-PhD Training
Ophthalmologists$189,76018.7Post-PhD Training
Nuclear Medicine Physicians$189,76018.7Post-PhD Training
Neurologists$189,76018.7Post-PhD Training
Radiologists$189,76018.7PhD
Family and General Practitioners$186,32014.6PhD
Psychiatrists$182,70016.2Post-PhD Training
Chief Sustainability Officers$180,7005.3Bachelors
Chief Executives$180,7005.3Masters
Pediatricians$175,40015.7PhD
Dentists$166,81016.3PhD
Nurse Anesthetists$158,90024.9Masters
Prosthodontists$142,83015Post-PhD Training
Architectural and Engineering Managers$138,7206.7Bachelors
Podiatrists$137,48022.5Post-PhD Training
Natural Sciences Managers$136,4505.7Bachelors
Lawyers$133,4709.8PhD
Treasurers and Controllers$130,2308.9Masters
Postsecondary Law Teachers$126,27017.6PhD
Pharmacists$118,47014.5First Professional Degree
Physicists$117,30010.4Post-PhD Training
Computer and Information Research Scientists$113,19015.3Masters
Optometrists$113,01024.4PhD
Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers$112,95036PhD
Investment Fund Managers$110,2105.9Masters
Astronomers$107,14010Post-PhD Training
Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates$106,4202.3PhD
Environmental Economists$105,29013.9PhD
Economists$105,29013.9PhD
Mathematicians$104,35022.7Masters
Political Scientists$104,00021.3PhD
Medical and Health Services Managers$103,68023.2Bachelors
Postsecondary Economics Teachers$102,12014.2PhD
Postsecondary Engineering Teachers$102,00011.8PhD
Postsecondary Education Administrators$101,91014.5Masters
Veterinarians$98,23012PhD
Nurse Practitioners$97,99033.7Masters
Nurse Midwives$97,70028.6Masters
Physician Assistants$97,28038.4Masters
Anesthesiologist Assistants$97,28038.4Masters
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists$95,6705.9Masters
Materials Scientists$94,3505.2Bachelors
Biochemists and Biophysicists$91,96018.6PhD
Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators$91,7805.7Masters
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators and Hearing Officers$91,530-1.7PhD
Postsecondary Physics Teachers$90,50013.8PhD
Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine and Space Sciences Teachers$90,34011.4PhD
Medical Scientists$90,16013.3Post-PhD Training
Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers$90,1008PhD
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists$90,07053.4PhD
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists$89,81010.7Post-PhD Training
Postsecondary Business Teachers$88,74014.7PhD
Fuel Cell Engineers$87,1404.5Bachelors
Environmental Engineers$86,34015.3Masters
Postsecondary Environmental Science Teachers$86,20013.2PhD
Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers$86,20019.5PhD
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists$85,1104.5Masters
Naturopathic Physicians$85,0507.9PhD
Acupuncturists$85,0507.9Masters
Orthoptists$85,0507.9Post-Bachelors Cert
Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers$84,8109.9PhD
Postsecondary Architecture Teachers$84,47014.3PhD
Biostatisticians$84,01026.7Masters
Statisticians$84,01026.7Masters
Physical Therapists$83,94036Masters
Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers$83,36013.7PhD
Distance Learning Coordinators$82,9609Masters
Operations Research Analysts$82,94026.7Masters
Postsecondary Political Science Teachers$82,67014.6PhD
Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers$81,41012.5PhD
Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers$80,73012.7Masters
Occupational Therapists$80,00029Masters
Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists$80,00029Masters
Chiropractors$79,76014.6PhD
Biologists$79,2007.3Bachelors
Sociologists$78,81015PhD
Postsecondary Area, Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers$78,12015.8PhD
Bioinformatics Scientists$77,920-0.6Bachelors
Geneticists$77,920-0.6Post-PhD Training
Molecular and Cellular Biologists$77,920-0.6Post-PhD Training
Audiologists$76,79033.6PhD
Microbiologists$76,5307Bachelors
Postsecondary Psychology Teachers$76,39014.2PhD
Geographers$75,61029Masters
Postsecondary Art, Drama and Music Teachers$75,35016Masters
Speech-Language Pathologists$74,90019.4Masters
Postsecondary Sociology Teachers$74,86012.7PhD
Postsecondary Geography Teachers$74,69010.6PhD
Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers$74,20011.5PhD
Epidemiologists$74,12010.2Masters
Clinical Psychologists$74,03011.3PhD
Counseling Psychologists$74,03011.3Post-PhD Training
School Psychologists$74,03011.3Masters
Postsecondary History Teachers$73,72013.6PhD
Animal Scientists$72,5908.8PhD
Postsecondary Library Science Teachers$72,44010.8PhD
Environmental Restoration Planners$72,05014.6Masters
Climate Change Analysts$72,05014.6Masters
Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers$71,35019.3PhD
Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators$70,74010.4Bachelors
Orthotists and Prosthetists$70,69035.5Post-Bachelors Cert
Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers$70,65035.4Masters
Clinical Nurse Specialists$69,79019.4Masters
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses$69,79019.4Masters
Genetic Counselors$69,54041.2Masters
Postsecondary Communications Teachers$69,23012.7PhD
Urban and Regional Planners$69,01010.3Masters
Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers$68,39012.2Masters
Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers$68,0309.6Masters
Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers$67,91015.3Masters
Postsecondary Social Work Teachers$67,50013PhD
Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers$65,22012.2PhD
Postsecondary Education Teachers$65,18014.6PhD
Soil and Plant Scientists$64,6807.5PhD
Instructional Designers and Technologists$64,04012.5Masters
Instructional Coordinators$64,04012.5Masters
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists$63,2304.9Masters
Archeologists$61,98019.4PhD
Anthropologists$61,98019.4Masters
Postsecondary Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers$61,75013PhD
Historians$61,1806Post-Masters Cert
Cytotechnologists$60,56013.8Post-Bachelors Cert
Librarians$58,1107.4Masters
Dietitians and Nutritionists$57,44021Post-Bachelors Cert
Curators$56,69012.5PhD
Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors$56,04011.9Masters
Survey Researchers$54,73017.6Masters
Judicial Law Clerks$54,3504.3PhD
Healthcare Social Workers$53,59026.8Masters
Set and Exhibit Designers$53,1506.3Bachelors
Archivists$52,93016.6Masters
Marriage and Family Therapists$51,73030.6Masters
Exercise Physiologists$49,0409.2Masters
Farm and Home Management Advisors$49,0009.7Masters
Clergy$47,7309.8Bachelors
Art Therapists$46,06013.4Masters
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers$45,82022.8Masters
Athletic Trainers$45,73021.2Masters
Mental Health Counselors$43,99028.5Masters
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors$41,87031.4Masters
Rehabilitation Counselors$37,89019.9Masters
Graduate Teaching Assistants$32,97010.3Bachelors