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15. Employment Recruiter

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Median pay: $55,400
Top pay: $88,500
10-year job growth: 28%
Total jobs: 120,000
The job: Considered the matchmakers of the employment world, recruiters work with businesses to find the best employees to hire. During the recession, hiring came to a standstill and HR departments were particularly hard hit. But as businesses begin to rebuild, these staffing departments are left short-handed, spelling opportunity for those looking to get a foot in the door.

How to switch: This is a relatively easy field to get into, but it does require a fair amount of interpersonal skills. Along with a good attitude, prospects should also be well versed in employment law, as well as federal and state regulations. A background in sales or online dating - could give you an even bigger leg up.

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Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job.

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research

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