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4. Social Worker

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Median pay: $50,300
Top pay: $72,300
10-year job growth: 16%
Total jobs: 120,000
The job: Youíll provide help and resources for people with emotional and social problems, concentrating in particular areas, such as substance abuse, domestic violence or disabilities. Demand is especially strong for social workers who specialize in the elderly, or who are willing to work in rural areas where itís difficult to attract qualified staff.

How to switch: Earning a two-year masters degree in social work, which includes a minimum of 900 hours of supervised field work, is the best route for career changers. Licensing rules vary by state.

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction Benefit to society Low stress Flexibility

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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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