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Sunday, November 18, 2007
Best Career 2007 ILLUSTRATION BY MARK MATCHO FOR USN&WR

To re-sort the table, click on a desired column heading. Roll over each heading for a short explanation. Click on each career's salary to see figures for the top 20 metro areas in the U.S.

Career Median Pay Job Market Outlook Quality of Life Attainability Prestige Typical Degree Required
Median pay:
These figures are national medians provided by salary.com, except where otherwise noted.
Job market outlook:
Based on the job outlook data provided by the Dept. of Labor
Quality of Life:
Based on a review of data from the Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Attainability :
A combination of the job outlook data provided by the Dept. of Labor and the amount of training or education typically required.
Prestige:
Subjective rankings based on an informal survey of college-educated adults.
Actuary
  $75,062 B B B B Bachelors
Architect
  $46,840 C B C A Bachelors + 1 year
Audiologist
  $62,112 B A C B Doctorate
Clergy
  $78,690 B B B B Masters
Dentist
  $120,864 B B C A Doctorate
Editor
  $52,443 C A B A Bachelors or Masters
Engineer
  $72,156 B B B A Bachelors
Fundraiser
  $78,902 A B A B Bachelors
Higher Ed. Administr.
  $109,557 B A B A Masters or Doctorate
Landscape Architect
  $49,974 B A A B Bachelors
Librarian
  $49,708 C A B C Masters
Management Cnsltnt
  $96,245 B C B B Bachelors or Masters
Medical Scientist
  $88,344 B B C A Doctorate
Occupational Therapist
  $60,855 A B A C Masters
Optometrist
  $98,458 B A B B Doctorate
Pharmacist
  $98,828 B B B C Doctorate
Physician
  $151,159 B C C A Doctorate
Physician Assistant
  $77,863 A A A C Bachelors
Politician/elected off.
  NA B C C A Bachelors or Masters
Professor
  $73,666 B A C A Doctorate
Registered Nurse
  $59,046 A C A C Bachelors
School Psychologist
  $63,029 A A B B Bachelors
Speech-Lang Therapist
  $58,475 B A B C Masters
Systems Analyst
  $70,438 A B A B Bachelors
Urban/Regional Planner
  $38,465 B A B B Masters

Salary data provided by Salary.com

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