Nate Copeland is an intelligence analyst and Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton in Herndon, Va.
Top 50 rank: 9
What they do: Gather and analyze data related to international policy and military strategy, most often for the government or defense contractors.
Why it's great: Like adventure? Data might be collected from satellite images, wiretaps, Internet chatter, and military and spy reports.
Given the country's continued vigilance about national security, demand should remain high. "The best part is helping our country," says Nate Copeland, an intelligence analyst in Herndon, Va.
Drawbacks: High stress; you often can't talk about your job outside of work.
Pre-reqs: Security clearance, of course. Foreign languages and often military experience are a huge plus.
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