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.
Below is the full list:
1. Software Engineer
2. College professional
3. Financial adviser
4. Human Resources Manager
5. Physician assistant
6. Market research analyst
7. Computer IT analyst
8. Real Estate Appraiser