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5. Physician assistant
Why it's great For most doctors, the worst part of their job is filling out paperwork and battling insurers. Physician's assistants get to skip all that. Under a doctor's supervision, they provide routine health care -- conducting physical exams, ordering lab tests, prescribing medications, treating illnesses.

PAs can specialize, from the E.R. to pediatrics to orthopedics, and they can switch fields. Thanks to an aging population and demand for more cost-effective care, this job offers a level of security other professions can't match.

What's cool Doctors' work, bankers' hours. PAs average 35 to 40 hours a week, and they can work part time and in a variety of settings.

What's not You're not the ultimate decision maker on patient treatment; there's little room for advancement.

Top-paying job Specialists in cardiothoracic surgery earn over $100,000.

Education Four years of college, two to three years of training in an accredited program, plus national exam for certification.