These Are the Top 25 Highest Paying Jobs in the U.S. Right Now

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If you assumed that the most lucrative careers right now were in the healthcare, tech, finance, and legal fields, you are absolutely right. In a new study, Glassdoor compiled salary data from the past year to identify jobs with the highest base salaries, and their findings aren’t exactly surprising.

To create the list, Glassdoor collected user-submitted salary information, grouped jobs with synonymous titles together under one label, and analyzed its findings using an algorithm that factored in variables like location and seniority.

With a median base salary of $193,415, physicians are (unsurprisingly) the top earners—beating out the runners-up, pharmacy managers, by nearly $50,000 (which, on its own, is just under the median U.S. base salary of $53,950). Dentists and pharmacists round out the top four slots, and then the list becomes overwhelmingly tech-heavy with a smattering of finance and legal positions.

The unifying theme among all the jobs is a high level of skill, gained through years of advanced education, experience, or both. And as companies try to adapt their business models to the digital landscape, people who can understand and interpret data are a hot commodity, as evidenced by position titles like data architect, data scientist, and analytics manager.

Whether you’re deep in the throes of your own job search or you’re just curious to see how your current position measures up against others, scroll on for the full list of America’s highest-paid workers.

  1. Physician // $193,415

  1. Pharmacy Manager // $144,768

  1. Dentist // $142,478

  1. Pharmacist // $126,438

  1. Enterprise Architect // $122,585

  1. Corporate Counsel // $117,588

  1. Software Engineering Manager // $114,163

  1. Physician Assistant // $113,855

  1. Corporate Controller // $113,368

  1. Software Development Manager // $109,809

  1. Nurse Practitioner // $109,481

  1. Applications Development Manager // $107,735

  1. Solutions Architect // $106,436

  1. Data Architect // $104,840

  1. Plant Manager // $104,817

  1. IT Program Manager // $104,454

  1. Systems Architect // $103,813

  1. UX Manager // $102,489

  1. Site Reliability Engineer // $100,855

  1. Cloud Engineer // $98,626

  1. Attorney // $97,711

  1. Data Scientist // $97,027

  1. Information Security Engineer // $95,786

  1. Analytics Manager // $95,238

  1. Financial Planning & Analysis Manager // $94,874

[h/t Thrillist]

Scotland Could Become the First Country to Provide Universal Period Products to Citizens

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Fears over where to find—and how to afford—sanitary products before their next menstrual cycle may no longer be an issue for people in Scotland. Earlier today, as the BBC reports, Members of Scottish Parliament passed the first part of a bill that would make items like pads and tampons free to the public.

The Period Products Bill was first put forth in 2017 to address period poverty, which affects people who are unable to afford essential menstrual hygiene products. Pads, tampons, and some reusable menstrual items are currently available to students in primary schools and universities in the country. The Scottish government has also expanded the program to include additional public places and sports clubs, but this new bill goes even further. If passed, Scotland would become the first country to provide free period products to citizens on a universal scale.

Ministers in the Scottish Parliament were initially concerned about the bill's £24 million ($31 million) annual price tag, but earlier this month, members of all parties in the government came out in support of the legislation. Though the bill passed through the first stage of parliament today, February 25, the BBC wrote that "The government is expected to put forward a raft of amendments to address their 'significant' concerns about the legislation," including the aforementioned cost.

Period poverty is an issue that's felt around the world. In America, many lawmakers are fighting to end the "tampon tax": a sales tax that's added to sanitary products and waived from other hygiene products deemed essential in many states, like dandruff shampoo.

[h/t BBC]

10 Simple Tricks for Charging Your Smartphone Faster

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Smartphones always seem to reach low power at the least convenient moments possible. If you've ever urged your device to charge faster in the minutes before a phone interview or when you're about to board a plane, you can relate. While the easiest way to avoid this scenario is to plug in your device before the battery dips into the danger zone, if you've already reached this point, there are simple ways to speed up the charging process.

Some hacks for charging a phone faster involve steps you can take in anticipation of the next time you're surviving on minimum energy. Certain gadgets, like special chargers and battery packs, will power-up your device more efficiently than others. For moments when your phone is dying and all you have is your regular charging cable, adjusting your phone's settings to minimize the power it consumes also works in a pinch.

You can find some specific ways to charge your phone quickly below: 

  1. Plug it into a wall outlet instead of a USB port.
  1. Use a portable battery pack.
  1. Buy a special "fast" phone charger.
  1. Switch to low power mode.
  1. Switch to airplane mode.
  1. Let your phone drain completely on its own once a month to the extend the battery life.
  1. Close any background apps.
  1. Stop automatic app updates.
  1. Don't check your phone while it's charging
  1. Keep your phone out of the heat.

For more tricks for making your phone usage more efficient, check out these tips for typing faster.