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3. Account Manager

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Median pay: $64,800
Top pay: $106,000
10-year job growth: 10%
Total jobs: 150,000
The job: In this sales position, your job is to nurture and maintain your company's existing clients -- not scramble to land new ones. You have to attend client meetings, lunches and the periodic dinner, but you often have control over your schedule. You can work at home at times and cluster face-to-face meetings on the days you're in the office. In PayScale's survey, 72% reported flexible schedules.

How to switch: You need a sales background, and industry experience if you're targeting a particular field.

Quality of life ratings:
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Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. 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: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
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