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Electrical Estimator
Median pay: $68,800
Top pay: $106,000
10-year job growth: 36.4%
Total jobs*: 185,400
What they do all day? Electrical estimators assess just how much work needs to be done on a job site -- and how much it will all cost -- by reviewing blueprints and other proposals. From there, they create a plan that defines tasks, schedules and the number of workers required to complete the project. --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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