5 Surprising Philly Jobs That Pay $75,000

Forget being a doctor or lawyer.



Want to make $75,000 or more per year? You could become a doctor, lawyer, dentist or financial manager, but you knew that already. What you may not know, is that there are some surprising occupations that pay really well in Philadelphia. (If you know how to appraise the worth of timber, you’re in good shape for one of them.)

After analyzing Philadelphia salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I noticed some surprising jobs that pay $75,000 or more. (The data was calculated for the Philadelphia metro region only, the suburbs and surrounding areas are excluded.)

Here are the jobs and a description by the BLS:

Hydrologists: $77,990

Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

Foresters: $80,250

Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber’s worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

Sociologists: $81,520

Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.

Nurse Midwives: $85,380

Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.

Funeral Service Managers: $101,310

Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. Includes activities such as determining prices for services or merchandise and managing the facilities of funeral homes.

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