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Featured Story

Dream Jobs: What They Pay And How to Get Them
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Dream Jobs: What They Pay And How to Get Them

Since age 6, I’ve changed my dream job many times. First I wanted to be a singer. Then I wanted to be a doctor. I love gruesome bloody injuries, maybe because I have three brothers. I also like the idea of being able to fix someone by stitching up a wound.

But as I grew older, I learned doctors had to attend years and years of school. That’s when I decided to be a dancer. That lasted for like a week, though, because all the dancers I saw were skinny twigs or video vixens.

Then I wanted to be a writer, but I hated when my teachers edited my work. I’ve also wanted to be a teacher, a hairdresser, a mad scientist, an event planner, and a professional skateboarder. Those all had problems: I hate kids, I can’t do hair, I’m not crazy enough, I’m disorganized, and I won’t make money skateboarding.

I would like to be passionate about my work. I love traveling and seeing new things every day. Handling lots of responsibility doesn’t bother me. I don’t want to work behind a desk, because I’ve already spent the last 10 years behind one in school.

To help myself and other teens figure it out, I looked at U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best 100 jobs for 2013: money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs. The magazine’s rankings are based on salary, how much training you need, the availability of jobs now and in the future, and what it’s like to do the jobs. I added in my teenage take on what it would be like to do these jobs, and I picked eight careers that either interest me or that I’ve heard other teens talk about. For some of the jobs that take years of training, I’ve included alternatives that require less schooling.

(U.S. News & World Report rank: #5) I know what you’re thinking— “a whole lot of money.” A general internist’s average yearly salary in 2011 was $183,170. Specialists like cardiologists and urologists made even more. That’s good, but do you know how grueling this career is and how long you must train?

You spend four years at regular college (and take lots of tough science courses), four years in medical school, one year in an internship and then two to five years of residency before becoming a real doctor. It could be longer: After the internship, you take an exam to see if you’re qualified to be a resident, and if you fail you either give up or do the whole year over.

Do you get paid during these years? According to studentdoctor.net, you get paid an average of $35,000 per year as a resident. That’s not so bad, but you’re on call a lot, often in the middle of the night.

Being a doctor in real life isn’t Grey’s Anatomy where the boss is your dad and you sleep around with all your employees. . .

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