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10 Best Jobs Requiring a Doctoral Degree

It takes hard work and determination to pursue a doctoral degree or a PhD. Once you earn it, you will not only join a select group of intellectuals but also qualify for jobs that come with fitting compensation packages. Read on to learn more about some of the best jobs for doctoral degree holders.

See Also: Top 10 Jobs Requiring a Master’s Degree

1. College/University President

Nothing less of a PhD in education leadership will do if you want to be the leader or president of a higher institution of learning. In this job, your key responsibility will be to enhance the quality of education offered in the institution and make it a better place for students and their educators. According to Salary, college presidents earn an average annual salary of $256,430.

2. Philosopher

Philosophers are individuals who have extensively studied philosophy. As a result of their extensive knowledge, they are able to offer well thought-out views on questions in various areas, including ethics and logic. Philosophers commonly work for universities and philosophical organizations, and earn around $143,000 a year.

3. Chief Economist

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Although some organizations often hire economists with a master’s degree in economics, some positions require a doctoral degree. For instance, to become the chief economist of the United States government and help it to make sound economic policies, a PhD is a must-have. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that economists make about $105,290 a year.

4. Research Scientist


With a doctoral degree in a scientific field, you can be hired as a research scientist by research facilities and higher institutions of learning. In the simplest terms, the work of a research scientist is to discover new things and solve human problems through science. According to PayScale, the average annual salary for research scientists is $75,646.

5. Professor

Professors educate and nurture the professionals of tomorrow in colleges and universities. If you are the nurturing type, and you would love to work in academia, then your PhD can help you land this job. You can expect to earn an average annual salary of $74,040, according to the BLS.

6. Anthropologist

It is the job of anthropologists to find the true origins of man, whether it is in the Garden of Eden or somewhere in Africa. To become an anthropologist and embark on studying humans’ past and present, you need a PhD in anthropology. Opportunities are available in research facilities specializing in the social sciences and humanities. The BLS reports that the average annual salary for anthropologists is $61,980.

7. Psychometrician

Psychometricians are a breed of psychologists who design tests for evaluating the intelligence or mental capacities (IQ) of people. They work in professional testing centers, government agencies, and academic institutions. This position requires a PhD in psychometrics. According to Indeed, you can expect to make $64,000 a year.

8. Historian

Historians work for businesses, museums and historical associations, and their job is to trace the history of people, countries, ancient buildings and past occurrences. Although you can be hired to this position with a master’s degree in history, a PhD will make you a hot favorite. According to the BLS, the average annual wage for historians is $61,180.

9. Geropsychologist

It is a good time to be a geropsychologist in the US. As baby boomers age, they need professionals with an intricate understating of adult mental health by their side. To get this job, you typically need a PhD in geropsychology. Mental health facilities and hospitals are the major employers, while Indeed reports that the average annual salary is $86,000.

10. Epidemiologist


Epidemiologists investigate the causes and effects of diseases in specific populations. They typically work for governmental and nongovernmental public health organizations. If you want to pursue this career, then you should go for a PhD in epidemiology. The BLS reports that epidemiologists can expect to earn $74,120 a year.

See Also: Is a PhD Really Worth It?

So, these are some of the best jobs you can secure with a PhD. If you have any questions regarding these jobs, you are welcome to post them in the comments section below.

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