'I have the best job in America!'

Meet 11 people lucky enough to have switched into jobs that rate high in satisfaction on MONEY's list, and see why they love their new careers.

Tammy Robinson
Tammy Robinson
Hometown: Arlington, Va.
Age: 35
Was: Fitness center director

Why I did it: Six years ago, Robinson felt she'd reached a dead end professionally. "There are a lot more career opportunities as a physical therapist," she says. "It's in greater demand, whether it's with the geriatric population or pediatrics."

How I did it: Robinson went back to school for three years. "It was challenging," she recalls. "I went from having financial means -- traveling anywhere and doing what I wanted -- to having to go back to school with no income and dedicating my time to studying."

Why I love it: "It's very gratifying. There's a larger spectrum I can do for people as far as helping them recover from an injury and maintaining health and lifestyle changes."

Daniel Bortz, Anne C. Lee and Donna Rosato - Last updated October 11 2011: 5:07 PM ET
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