For parents returning to work - top 20 jobs

Research by Money Magazine and Salary.com: You traded working lunches for PTA meetings and PB&Js. Now you want a challenging job that can bend to make room for family life.

Accountant
A top 5 pick
Accountant
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With a shortage of accountants, the field has become more flexible and family-friendly and less wed to the nine-to-five routine. If corporate life doesn't appeal to you, try keeping the books for a local business or nonprofit.
Median Pay: $41,100
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
Most people make:
90% in this job make more than:
$32,100 $32,900
Top earners:
10% in this job make more than:
$48,300 $50,100
10-year Job Growth: 22% 
Growth in Jobs 263,854
Total openings 485,893
Career Description
Prepares balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports. Responsibilities also include analyzing trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses. Reports organization's finances to management, and offers suggestions about resource utilization, tax strategies, and assumptions underlying budget forecasts. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.
Education/Experience
May require a bachelor's degree in accounting and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
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