According to job site Indeed, ‘Data Modeler’ was the highest paid job of 2020. This should come as no surprise with us becoming increasingly dependent on technology through the impacts of COVID, and 41% of 2020’s newest millionaires coming from the tech sector.
What might surprise you is that you could be earning that £145,000 Data Modeler salary before your 28th Birthday.
The Developer Academy analysed over 500 UK LinkedIn Profiles for the highest paying professions in order to find the career paths that can fast-track you to earning £100k before you hit 35.
We took the average salary for each of the highest paying roles, along with the average number of years needed in further education (FE) and years of employment experience that it takes to earn six figures.
Below is the list of the top 15 highest paying jobs that will earn you £100,000 before you’re 35*.
|Category||Job Title||Avg UK Salary||Years in FE||Years in Work||Years To reach £100k||Age at £100k|
|Tech||Virtualisation Engineer||£100,924||2.2||6.4||8.6||26yrs 6months|
|Tech||Data Modeler||£145,726||5.2||4.1||9.3||27yrs 3months|
|Tech||Data Scientist||£120,529||5.1||4.2||9.3||27yrs 3months|
|Tech||User Experience Researcher||£118,261||4.7||5.1||9.8||27yrs 8months|
|Medicine||Specialist Orthodontist||£96,405||7.7||3||10.7||28yrs 7months|
|Industrial||Vice President of Engineering||£95,912||3.8||7.3||11.1||29yrs 1month|
|Tech||Security Project Manager||£124,208||4.1||7.5||11.6||29yrs 6months|
|Tech||Active Directory Engineer||£114,000||4.1||7.7||11.8||29yrs 8months|
|Business||Vice President of Sales||£104,046||2.6||12||14.6||32yrs 6months|
|Business||Chief Commercial Officer||£98,272||3.4||11.4||14.8||32yrs 8months|
|Finance||Chief Financial Officer||£115,467||5.4||10.8||16.2||34yrs 2months|
|Finance||Tax Partner||£127,357||4.6||12.8||17.4||35yrs 4months|
Wealth in the Tech Sector
Tableau Developer was the top ranking career, taking less than four years of further education and an average of just over four years of work experience to reach a 6 figure salary.
In close second was Virtualisation Engineer, followed by the highest earning career of Data Modeler.
50% of the careers most likely to earn you £100k are based in tech, and the industry is only getting bigger and more prominent. For any aspiring billionaires, research clearly shows that tech is the best career path for you.
Do You Need A Degree?
In order to follow the majority of the careers on this list, the biggest challenge is knowing what kind of experience and qualifications are required.
“Our research shows that a career in technology can be achieved through a variety of pathways, including on-the-job training, self-learning, and home learning courses.
“Just 38% of the high-flyers in data have a degree in Computer Science, while 40% of Virtualisation Engineers didn’t go to university at all.
“University can be helpful to get you ahead, but there are other options. If you’re looking to change to a new career path that requires a degree, or other similar qualification, bootcamps such as our data science bootcamp can be a great way to work and learn at the same time.” says The Developer Academy Owner, Ben Atha.
*This age is based on starting Further Education in the required field at the age of 18.