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37. Veterinarian

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Median pay: $81,300
Top pay: $118,000
10-year job growth: 35.9%
Total jobs*: 61,400
What they do all day? This hands-on job can be a dream for animal lovers. Vets are the lifesavers when Fido eats something bad off the street or Fluffy jumps off the roof. But it takes a strong stomach -- at times, the job requires vets to perform euthanizations and some other unpleasant tasks -- and a lot of schooling. --J.A.

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Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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