[h=1]America's Highest Paying Jobs 2012[/h]By Morgan Giordano | CNBC Tue, Jul 3, 2012 2:37 PM EDT Although education can determine a worker's salary and even employment, not all high-paying jobs require advanced degrees 15. Pharmacist Average Salary: $112,160 Current Employment: 272,320 Pharmacists are not only responsible for dispensing prescription drugs, but they also provide patients with information like potential side effects and correct dosage amounts. Pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional 14. Air Traffic Controller Average annual salary: $114,460 Current employment: 23,580 Air traffic controllers regulate air traffic, managing the movement of aircraft between various altitudes and areas while following strict safety regulations. Qualifications to be an air traffic controller include completing an air traffic management 13. Sales Managers Average annual salary: $116,860 Current employment: 328,230 Sales managers are responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the distribution of products and services to corporate clients or customers. The position also involves understanding the marketplace, analyzing sales statistics and monitoring customer preferences. 12. Airline Pilots, Copilots and Flight Engineers Average annual salary: $118,070 Current employment: 68,350 The BLS combines the cockpit crewpilot, co-pilot and flight engineerinto one category. Tasked with transporting both passengers and cargo, these jobs, more often than not, take place at 30,000 feet. 11. Financial Manager Average annual salary: $120,450 Current employment: 477,690 Financial managers can be involved in a range of activities, including planning directing or coordinating the accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities and other financial concerns of a branch, office or department, according to the BLS. 10. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists Average annual salary: $124,160 Current employment: 1,230 This job concentrates on applying principles of psychology to the workplace, for human resources, administration, management, sales and marketing. This type of psychologist helps to shape policy, trains employees and undertakes 9. Computer and Information Systems Managers Average annual salary: $125,660 Current employment: 300,830 For computer and information systems managers, their primary job is to coordinate activities in data processing, information systems, systems analysis and computer programming. Generally, this type of position requires a bachelors degree in computer science or a similar field. Then they need an additional five years of experience before rising to this position. The top paying industry for computer and information systems managers is motion pictures and video. Individuals in those areas receive an annual mean wage of $162,520 according to the BLS. The city with the highest concentration of this job is Washington, D.C. where 5.73 out of every 1000 jobs are computer and information systems managers. 8. Marketing Managers Average annual salary: $126,190 Current employment: 168,410 Tasked with organizing marketing policies and programs, marketing managers determine demand for products and services offered by their firm. They also identify new customers, develop pricing strategies and strive to maximize company profits and market share. This position does not require a degree, but a bachelors degree is highly recommended. The top paying metropolitan area for marketing managers is Framingham, Massachusetts with an average annual salary of $170,610. However, New York ($163,480) and New Jersey ($146,970) are the highest paying states for marketing managers services. 7. Natural Science Managers Average annual salary: $128,230 Current employment: 47,510 Natural Sciences managers plan, direct or coordinate activities in life sciences, physical sciences, math and other science-related fields, according to the BLS. A relatively broad career path, natural science managers work in various areas of the economy, including research and development, pharmaceuticals, agricultural engineering and even government. Natural sciences managers need at least a bachelors degree in a natural science or a related field. Most natural sciences managers work as scientists before becoming managers. Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina has the highest concentration of jobs in a metropolitan area with 5.13 natural science managers per thousand jobs. Olympia, Washington comes in second with 3.03 per thousand. 6. Architectural and Engineering Managers Average annual salary: $129,350 Current employment: 184,530 Architectural and engineering managers plan, coordinate, and direct activities in architecture and engineering, including research and development in these fields. Most of their work is done in an office. Before becoming an architectural and engineering manager, one must complete a bachelors degree and have at least five years of related experience in their field. Employment of architectural and engineering managers is expected to grow by nine percent in the decade from 2010 to 2020slower than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS. In 2011, Alaska was the highest paying state for this occupation with an average mean wage of $160,640. The industries that pay the most for this occupation are pipeline transportation of crude oil ($186,800) and oil and gas extraction ($167,060). 5. Lawyer Average annual salary: $130,490 Current employment: 570,950 The legal profession isnt the easiest industry to break into, with minimum formal requirements in most states requiring seven years of school (four undergraduate, three law school) and a passing grade on the bar examination. Lawyers represent clients in both criminal and civil proceedings, draw up documents and advise clients on legal matters. Lawyers working for the private sector are compensated more generously than those in the public one: legal-services professionals make $137,170 on average in the private sector, while government lawyers make between $81,960 and $129,430. The top three highest paying industries for lawyers are petroleum and coal products manufacturing at around $215,760 per year, motor vehicle manufacturing at $187,360, and specialty hospitals (excluding psychiatric and substance abuse) at $184,610. If you are a lawyer practicing in the District of Columbia, then you are in good company. Around 29,010 lawyers are located there, or 45 lawyers per 1000 jobs. They are also the most highly paid with an average annual salary of $161,050. 4. Petroleum Engineer Average annual salary: $138,980 Current employment: 30,880 The booming oil industry and specialized skills required for petroleum engineers creates one of the most highly compensated jobs in the country. Petroleum engineers develop plans for oil and gas extraction, production, and tool modification, overseeing drilling operations and providing technical advice. On average, petroleum engineers working for the oil and gas extraction industry made an annual salary of $150,890. The heavy reliance on natural resources dictates which states have the highest employment of petroleum engineers. Texas employs the most at 18,060 with an average salary of $146,770 annually. Next is Oklahoma with 3,090 employees paid $146,770 and Louisiana with 2,440 paid around $120,720. 3. Chief Executive Officers Average annual salary: $176,550 Current employment: 267,370 They may be at the top of their company, but on average, CEOs only rank 3rd as far as compensation is concerned. CEOs are responsible for formulating policies, coordinating operational activities, and planning the overall direction of companies or public sector organizations. The qualifications depend on the company but many desire their CEOs to have at least a bachelors degree and considerable amounts of work experience. The cities that pay the most to the highest level of management are Stamford, Connecticut ($234,030), Columbus, Indiana ($230,330), and Medford, Oregon ($225,100). 2. Orthodontists and Dentists Average annual salary: $161,750-$204,670 Current employment: 101,400 The service of dentists and orthodontists are practically an essential in this day in age. The high demand for the examination, diagnoses, and treatment of diseases, injuries and malformations of teeth and the gums makes this occupation among the most highly paid professions in the United States. The top-paying states for dentists this year are New Hampshire with an annual average salary of $237,430 and Delaware where the average salary stands at $210,440. Orthodontistswhose specialty is straightening teethhave an average salary of $90,120 a year. That figure might seem low but it takes into account orthdontists that don't have a private practice and work instead in general medicine and surgical hosptials. 1. Doctors and Surgeons Average annual salary: $168,650-$234,950 Current employment: 618,000+ Doctors and surgeons are usually at the top the list when it comes to the highest paid occupations in the country. Like others on this list, becoming a doctor or surgeon requires extensive education and training. Doctors are required to have four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school and between three and eight years of an internship and residency, depending on their specialization or area of surgery. The salaries of doctors also vary greatly by concentration: Anesthesiologists are the highest paid workers of 2011 at $234,950, while other high paying medical positions include surgeons ($231,550), OB/GYNS ($218,610), and oral and maxillofacial surgeons ($217,380). Salaries also fluctuate based on location. For example, Arkansas is the top paying state for family and general practitioners($215,500) with Iowa ($213,460) and Nevada ($204,990) ranking second and third. According to the BLS, self-employed physicians who own or are part owners of a medical practice generally have higher incomes than salaried physicians.