Have you wondered what jobs are currently topping the list of the most rewarding career opportunities and offer competitive salaries in South Florida? As you pursue your post-secondary education journey and what career path to follow, thinking about your future salary could be an important factor in your decision.

Yes, you’re also supposed to follow the fire in your heart, but it can’t hurt to know that you’ll be well-off when you’re studying to be an anesthesiologist, commercial pilot, or dentist. These careers, as well as computer information managers and aerospace engineers, are at the top of the salary scale, offering an average salary of over $100,000.

The best part? Broward College knows that these fields are booming in our local community and understand the need for highly-qualified professionals to enter the workforce. The College offers affordable degree options in these and many other hot jobs.

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Broward College is constantly ranked among the top community colleges in the nation, most notably being a three-time finalist for the Aspen Prize. It also ranks as one of the most affordable. Among the top programs are many of the jobs currently in the hottest jobs lists in the state.

Healthcare Careers

Who would have thought that anesthesiologists are making more than lawyers? In South Florida, the average salary for the profession is $280,390, which is $20,000 over the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This positions the field as the highest paying job in the Sunshine state. You can become an anesthesiologist when you pursue a career in the prestigious nursing program at Broward College. “The job outlook for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists is definitely bright. This group of advanced practice nurses are among the highest earners,” says Sara Turpel, dean of Nursing.

Your dentist is also earning a good income for taking care of your teeth. The BLS data shows that in Florida, dentists earn an average of $167,270. This is $10,000 over the national average, and the field is experiencing faster-than-average job growth of 19 percent through 2026. At Broward College, you can start your journey to dental school when you complete a degree in Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting.

Transportation Professionals

But if you’re not into healthcare, the second-highest paying job, literally makes the sky your limit.  The BLS data shows that commercial pilots earn an average of $188,400. “And that’s only the beginning. For commercial pilots, it’s very common that their average salary will go way up once they are closer to retirement,” says Sean Gallagan, associate dean of the transportation programs.

And that’s not all if you are more inclined to work in the area of building things, then a career in aerospace engineering may be perfect for you. You can earn around $105,460 a year by pursuing a degree in Aerospace Sciences at Broward College at an affordable price.

Information Technology

The pace of digital advancement across industries means that for techies, this is the best time to go into any job within Information Technology. It’s obvious by the expected job growth of 12 percent that this will remain a high-demand career path for some time. IT managers in Florida earn $129,540 annually. Broward College offers several degrees in the field, including two new Bachelor of Science (B.A.S.) programs in Information Technology and Technology Management.

What are you waiting for? If you are interested in any of these fields, it’s time to get your career started.

Broward College is determined to provide the community with academic programs that meet workforce demand, and that will launch graduates into rewarding professional careers. Learn more about the over 140 programs offered at the College and start your journey towards a better future today!