6. Market research analyst
Why it's great If you want to know what the next big thing is, this is your field. Before launching a product or service, companies turn to market research analysts who collect and evaluate data about consumer wants, needs and buying habits.

You get to work on a huge variety of projects: In a single day you might run a taste test on a new vodka flavor, evaluate a re-branding campaign for a hot dog and analyze political polling data.

What's cool Testing products before they hit the market. You talk to lots of people and get to ask them personal questions you wouldn't dare pose at a party.

What's not Being mistaken for a telemarketer; deadlines; number crunching.

Top-paying job A senior exec or partner in a consulting firm can earn more than $200,000.

Education B.A.; M.A. in statistics helps.