By AJ Stevenson
There's no sense in spending your hard-earned money on a college tuition that you're just not sure will pay off. As talk of the unemployment rate and recovering job market continue to top the headlines, students and others seeking new employment are increasingly eyeing lucrative positions. It's unfortunate we live in a society where it's a bit taboo to discuss earnings with others and the typical answer you'll get from a college advisor is "do what interests you". While it's certainly important to be passionate about your career, it may not be worth your time and tuition to obtain a degree in music recording or philosophy.
Our recently updated 2012 highest paying jobs section has just what you're looking for - reliable information from the top sources on the top paying jobs for 2012. You can explore the careers that we've discovered to be in the top 10 in terms of earnings and job opportunities. Be forwarned though: many - though certainly not all - require some serious schoolin'. In fact, many jobs at the top end of the spectrum require advanced medical degrees combined with internships and/or residencies before you'll be earning big money.
The goal here is to provide a career outlook for students who aren't just looking for a job - they want to find which high paying jobs have a good career outlook over the coming years. So we've thrown out some of the obscure (though lucrative) jobs that just don't have many open positions, a bleak outlook, or stagnant growth. Keep in mind that these positions almost all require advanced degrees and require a special person to fill the role. Sound like you? Continue on to read our list of the 10 highest paying jobs for professionals in 2012.
Ready to see what jobs pay the best in 2012? Take a look through our newly compiled countdown of the top paying jobs for 2012.