Tuesday, May. 24, 2011

Petroleum Engineering

Median earnings per year: $120,000
While it is unsurprising that a career rooted in the oil industry would top the list, this lucrative field does have its share of drawbacks. Petroleum engineers are often subject to sometimes high-risk work on offshore oil rigs and, as the industry is subject to the whims of the oil market, when prices fall, layoffs often follow.