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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

$43,500

Four-year college or university

Air Traffic Controller

Air Transportation

Bachelor's Degree

$82,520

Four-year college or university

Auto Mechanic

Automotive Repair

Associate Degree or Vocational Certificate

$26,400

Two-year college

Choreographer

Dance

Bachelor's Degree

$27,000

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

$46,330

Four-year college or university plus graduate school

Doctor

Biology
Pre-Medicine
Psychology

Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Medicine (MD)

$160,000

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)

$52,000

Two or four-year college or university

Lawyer

Criminal Justice
History
Political Science

Juris Doctorate, Degree in Law (JD)

$88,280

Four-year college or university plus graduate school

Teacher

Child Development
Education
Education Administration

Bachelor's Degree plus credential

$40,000

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:




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