Five six-figure jobs that are not in banking

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Following the immeasurable popularity of our article a few months ago on the top 20 best paid jobs not in banking, and in light of the fact that Hays' boss says lost City jobs are not coming back ever, we have decided to follow up with some more information on six figure alternative careers, and how to move into one.

Unfortunately, if the jobs below are anything to go by, six figure salaries in other industries are presaged by at least five years’ training.

1.) Senior civil servant


Anything from £57-205k. Details for civil service pay grades are available here.

How to become one:

According to the civil service’s own website, it ‘attracts senior professionals who are adept in areas of finance, HR, procurement, legal, science and medicine, as well as strong operational/project managers.’ In reality, former financial services professionals may find it quite hard to get a senior civil service job without prior public sector experience.

2.) Air traffic controller


Low to start with, but rising to £100k plus for very experienced air traffic controllers working shifts at busy centres like Heathrow and Swannick.

How to become one:

It takes 11 months' training, during which you will be paid a pittance (£10,678). Once training’s over you’ll earn up to £32k and will then need to work your way up. Big downside: training is only open to people aged less than 24. For more information click here.

3.) Pilot


If you work for a big airline like British Airways and you fly big planes like Boeing 747s, you might earn £100k. if you work for Flybe or EasyJet piloting something a little smaller, you might earn £80k. In a potentially ominous move, Ryanair has frozen pay for its pilots.

How to become one:

In the ideal world, you will get trained by airlines offering sponsored pilot training, a list of which is available here.

a less ideal world, you will pay for training yourself, at a cost of around £60k. You can also get trained by the RAF. However, they only accept under 23 year olds. For more information on becoming a pilot, click here.

4.) Dentist


Although the NHS claims dentists earn £37-80k, the Telegraph says it’s more like £100k plus.

How to become one:

Unfortunately, it takes five years’ training and an ability to withstand halitosis to become a dentist. For more information click here or here.

5). GP


Again, the NHS says GPs earn only up to £80k . Again, however, The Telegraph puts their pay a little higher, at £110k.

How to become one:

First you’ll have to go to medical school (four years). Then you’ll have to spend around four years on vocational training. For more information click here or here.

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