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CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

10.  Pilates/Yoga Instructor

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Mark Nelson, a yoga instructor and owner of The Yoga Garden in Philadelphia.
  • Median pay: $62,400*
  • Top pay: $119,000*
  • 10-year job growth: 13%

Yoga instructors balance their time between teaching classes that bring the physical and spiritual together, planning what goes into each class and getting the word out about a studio.

What's great: For many yoga instructors, the ability to transform a person's day or how they live their life, both physically and mentally, is the best part of the job. "The connection with people is the best part of it for me, saying to them that they have challenges in their life, now they have challenges on their mat, let's bring them together," said Mark Nelson, a yoga instructor. --E.F.

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: A | Low stress: A

*Salary data is based on Pilates/Yoga Instructors who work full time in the field, and that have a college degree and at least 7 years' experience. Many instructors work part-time in the field or have less experience, and may earn significantly less.
Notes: All pay data from 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 2012-22, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more details, see How We Picked the Best Jobs.
Sources:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 01:24 PM ET

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