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80. Securities Analyst

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Financial/Securities/Investments Analyst
Median pay: $76,300
Top pay: $142,000
10-year job growth: 23.0%
Total jobs*: 236,000
What they do all day? "Buy," "sell" and "hold" are the terms securities analysts think of after they deep-dive into the finances of a company or industry. They'll study SEC filings, attend shareholder meetings and assess market conditions to figure out whether it's the right time for clients to put some skin in the game or sit on the sidelines. --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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