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Median pay: $114,000 Top pay: $133,000 10-year job growth: 25.4% Total jobs*: 274,900
What they do all day?
After six to eight years of post-high school study to earn the required doctorate, pharmacy graduates aren't likely to want for a job: Demand for pharmacists is continually high (almost everyone needs to fill a prescription eventually). Once established, your friendly neighborhood pharmacist takes in around $100,000 to keep your medicine cabinet stocked safely and effectively.
Note: Pharmacists' education and job duties were clarified from an earlier version of this profile.
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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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