These are the 5 highest paid jobs in Spain in 2017

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The jobs market is not always easy, but some professions can open a future up to you in which you can earn large wages, and even more than 100,000 euros a year. They obviously require high qualifications, but if you are willing to make the sacrifice now, these are your best options.

The data do not give much space for hope: Spanish workers earn an average of 23,106 euros a year, according to the National Statistics Institute  (INE); the average wage, which divides the number of workers into two equal parts, is 19,466 euros; and finally, the most frequent wage is around 16,500 a year. Three different ways to measure the same thing, and three results which, let’s be clear, are nothing to write home about.

However, some professionals are very far from these numbers, professionals with very high qualifications that allow them to enjoy some of the best wages in Spain. Let’s see which they are.

1. Commercial pilot

How much do they earn?

Despite the appearance of low-cost airlines and maybe that the profession does not enjoy the glamour of yesteryear, pilots remain at the top of the salary ranking. The initial base wage of captains ranges between 56,000 and 120,000 euros a year depending on the company for which they work, but bonuses and compliments come in addition to this. But the best thing is that pilots who already have a certain amount of experience, for instance more than ten years of flying, easily exceed these pay levels and can get a base salary of up to 200,000 euros.

What studies do you need?

To be a pilot, you have to go through the academy and pass the tests to obtain your commercial aviation licence (ATPL). Beyond having the minimal physical and mental conditions and aptitudes to retain and demonstrate the required theoretical and practical knowledge, a level of English is also needed equivalent to the University of Cambridge’s Advanced examination, and a class 1 medical certificate, which is the most restrictive and demanding, especially in aspects such as sight.

How much time will it take?

The schools for getting the licence are private and it can be obtained by means of an integrated or modular course. In the integrated course, all of the previous licences are obtained (private pilot and line pilot) in a single course of one and a half years, whereas in the modular course they are obtained one by one, so an estimated time of three years is needed. However, the expense of obtaining the licence can be around 150,000 euros, according to the Sepla pilots union.

It is an enormous investment, but you have to remember that in addition to the high wages, we have a sector with very positive work perspectives: according to a study by Boeing, between 2016 and 2034 a total of 1,167,000 jobs will be created, and more specifically, 558,000 commercial pilots and 609,000 aircraft maintenance engineers will be needed.

2. Surgeon

How much do they earn?

Health is also an important sector on the wage scale, probably because of the thing about “the most important thing is your health”. Even doctors in the public sector have a base wage of more than 56,000 euros a year, which can vary by up to 35% depending on the autonomous community in which they practice. What’s more, their work in the public sector can also be combined with a similar post in private health, where wages range from a gross 60,000 to 100,000 euros a year, depending on the speciality and the professional prestige of the doctor in question.

But if you really want to earn money, you must know that the surgeons are the best paid doctors. Although the final amount will equally depend on certain factors such as the speciality, the overtime and professional prestige, surgeons wages are generally in excess of 100,000 euros a year, and if you are in aesthetic surgery, you can even reach figures of 150,000 euros or more depending on the clinic’s good reputation and customer portfolio.

What studies you need?

This is an obvious case of high pay being preceded by a considerable effort in training. To be a surgeon, you have to earn a Medical Degree and then become an Internal Resident Physician before specialising in surgery.

How much time will it take?

The Medical Degree has an academic duration of six years, plus another three years as a Resident, and a further five years of Surgery, so from the time you start your university education until you can be called a surgeon (and increase your income level) you need no fewer than 14 years.

3. Orthodontist/implantologist

How much do they earn?

Orthodontists or implantologists, with an average gross wage of 65,000 euros a year, are also among the best paid jobs. Although their wage can oscillate upwards or downwards by almost 22,000 euros, depending on the size of the company for which they work, this is still one of the best paid professions.

It is also a sector that seems to have a promising future: orthodontics is a speciality of odontology that deals with studying, preventing, diagnosing and treating dental and maxillofacial problems, a kind of treatment that is ever more commonplace due to the growing importance of image and personal care.

What studies do you need?

To be an orthodontist, you have to earn a Degree in Odontology and then specialise in orthodontics through a master’s degree or postgraduate course. This is also a profession in which the continuous scientific development makes ongoing training a key factor in the profession.

How much time will it take?

Once more a considerable effort in education will be important: the Degree in Odontology takes five years of university studies, and the master’s degree or postgraduate course can mean another three years of studies.

4. Engineering project director

How much do they earn?

It must be made clear that one thing is to be an engineer, and another very different and better thing from the economic viewpoint is to be a director of engineering projects. The director’s level of responsibility is much higher as they have to plan, carry out, control and finish the whole of the plan of a site in accordance with established deadlines, costs and quality standards. It is precisely for this reason that they have an average wage of 60,000 euros a year.

What studies do you need?

In addition to a degree in engineering, this management post also requires a very high level of English, a master’s degree or specific training in project management. And although this is not part of regulated education, leadership and communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to mediate in conflicts and solve problems.

How much time will it take?

A Degree in Engineering requires four years of studies, to which at least another two years have to be added for the master’s degree in project management, plus normally minimum work experience of 5 years as an engineer to be able to go for the post of Project Director.

5. ICT Director

How much do they earn?

In an environment in which the technological revolution gives IT an ever more important role in business, information and communication technology managers who ensure that IT departments run correctly are also of greater importance in the company, so theirs is one of the professions with which you can earn a higher wage: they earn an average wage in excess of 50,000 euros a year.

What studies do you need?

An ICT director normally has to have a Degree in IT Engineering. Obviously too, broad knowledge of computer systems, networks and software products is also necessary, as well as good communication and organisation skills to plan the work and manage teams.

How much time does it take?

The Degree takes at least four years, but after this, good work experience is necessary to reach the management posts. What’s more, if there is any area where ongoing training is necessary it is this, in which the technological evolution is permanent.

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