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2. Nonprofit Program Coordinator

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Median pay: $40,500
Top pay: $57,900
10-year job growth: 12%
Total jobs: 100,000
The job: Developing programs and overseeing staff and volunteers for a cause you believe in can be deeply satisfying. With nonprofit payrolls lean, you can take on more responsibility than you had in your former career and develop new skills. Hiring in this sector is bouncing back. Job postings on hit a record high of 10,000 this summer.

How to switch: Financial and management skills you learned in the corporate world can translate well. Serving on a charity board or volunteering can pave the way.

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From the November 2011 issue
Notes: All pay data from Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job.

Sources:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
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