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5. Public Relations Specialist

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Median pay: $55,200
Top pay: $87,900
10-year job growth: 24%
Total jobs: 50,000
The job: You'll develop strategies to influence public opinion or promote ideas, products and services. The emergence of social media as a PR tool is fueling demand, as is the need for businesses to stand out in a tough economic environment. Many PR specialists work on a contract basis or run their own shops, allowing them to set their own schedules and take on as much work as they want.

How to switch: A background in a related field, such as journalism or marketing, will help you land work, as will experience and contacts in the particular industry you're targeting -- be it health care, technology or elsewhere.

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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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