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For a given career, how much money can one earn?

Listed in the chart below is a sample of careers and associated majors or areas of study, along with the education requirements and average annual salaries that can be earned by individuals in that field:

Career

Sample Majors or Areas of Study

Minimum Education Needed

Average Yearly Salary

Type of College

Accountant

Accounting
Finance
Business Administration
Economics

Bachelor's Degree

$59,430

Four-year college or university

Air Traffic Controller

Air Transportation

Bachelor's Degree

$111,870

Four-year college or university

Auto Mechanic

Automotive Repair

Associate Degree or Vocational Certificate

$37,980

Two-year college

Choreographer

Dance

Bachelor's Degree

$38,520

Four-year college or university

College Professor

Some people major in the field in which they would eventually like to teach in postsecondary educational environments

Master's Degree and/or Doctorate Degree

$58,830

Four-year college or university plus graduate school

Doctor

Biology
Pre-Medicine
Psychology

Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Medicine (MD)

$186,044

Four-year college or university plus graduate school and residency

Fire Inspector

Fire Protection
Fire/Occupational Technology
Fire Science

Associate Degree (some prefer Bachelor's or Master's Degree)

$53,030

Two or four-year college or university

Lawyer

Criminal Justice
History
Political Science

Juris Doctorate, Degree in Law (JD)

$110,590

Four-year college or university plus graduate school

Teacher

Child Development
Education
Education Administration

Bachelor's Degree plus credential

$47,100 to $51,180

Four-year college or university

For more information on what salaries can be earned for specific careers, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's website:



Occupations

Percent change

Number of new jobs (In thousands)

Wages (May 2008 median)

Education/training category

Biomedical engineers

72

11.6

$77,400

Bachelor's degree

Network systems and data communications analysts

53

155.8

$71,100

Bachelor's degree

Home health aides

50

460.9

$20,460

Short-term on-the-job training

Personal and home care aides

46

375.8

$19,180

Short-term on-the-job training

Financial examiners

41

11.1

$70,930

Bachelor's degree

Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

40

44.2

$72,590

Doctoral degree

Physician assistants

39

29.2

$81,230

Master's degree

Skin care specialists

38

14.7

$28,730

Postsecondary vocational award

Biochemists and biophysicists

37

8.7

$82,840

Doctoral degree

Athletic trainers

37

6.0

$39,640

Bachelor's degree

Physical therapist aides

36

16.7

$23,760

Short-term on-the-job training

Dental hygienists

36

62.9

$66,570

Associate degree

Veterinary technologists and technicians

36

28.5

$28,900

Associate degree

Dental assistants

36

105.6

$32,380

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Computer software engineers, applications

34

175.1

$85,430

Bachelor's degree

Medical assistants

34

163.9

$28,300

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Physical therapist assistants

33

21.2

$46,140

Associate degree

Veterinarians

33

19.7

$79,050

First professional degree

Self-enrichment education teachers

32

81.3

$35,720

Work experience in a related occupation

Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation

31

80.8

$48,890

Long-term on-the-job training

SOURCE: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics and Division of Occupational Outlook


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