The top-paying job in the world is a physician job, in which general internists made an average salary of $188,440 in 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are multiple types of physician jobs, and Forbes claims that on average, non-invasive cardiologists were offered salaries of $447,143 in 2013.
The term "physician" is a general term for professional practitioners of medicine. Both U.S. News and Forbes say that the top-paying jobs on average in the world go to physicians. Becoming a physician can take up to 16 years of training, made up of 4 years as an undergraduate, 4 years at medical school, and anywhere up to 8 years of residency or internship. Despite the amount of money that physician schooling costs, general interns in 2013 started out at an average salary of more than $185,000 per year.
There are many different types of physicians. Some make more money than others, and some require significantly more education than others. Forbes claims that the highest-paying physician job on average is a non-invasive cardiologist, followed by a gastroenterologist. Cardiologists specialize in treating the heart, and gastroenterologists specialize in the gastrointestinal system, which includes organs, such as the stomach and the gall bladder. Both of these types of physicians made an average of more than $400,000 per year in 2013.