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Career Profiles

Whether you're interested in reading about people in your existing line of work or you're looking to switch jobs and want to see what it's like working in another profession, we make it a point to highlight a variety of careers. More than that, we also bring you individual stories of workers across the country who provide a real-life glimpse into their lives and their jobs.

Career Profiles Advice

  • Dream Job: Marine Biologist

    Marine Biologist salaries are modest (about $35,000) and jobs are grant-funded, which means career stability depends on the success of grant applications for projects that last as long as five years. Still, being able to work with other … Read more...

  • Why am I Paid Less Than the Salary Wizard Says I Should Be?

    My title is Senior Web Editor at a growing Internet company in New Jersey. With a nearly exact match in responsibilities as indicated for this position in your Salary Wizard, my total compensation falls short of the median by $25,000. I … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Political Consultant

    There are other fields suitable for those interested in politics, including fundraising, polling, and policy advocating. And of course, there is running for office - something Goldman will not do. Read more...

  • Dream Job: Rocket Scientist

    Becoming a rocket scientist is the ultimate thrill for the mathematically and scientifically inclined, but getting there requires enormous focus and intellectual application. While rocket science used to be the preserve of white males, … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Rodeo Clown

    Rodeo clowns - who prefer to be called bullfighters - apprentice at local, small rodeos and at youth rodeo events. They may attend clown training schools, which hold training camps across the southwest and in Colorado, Montana, and Kansas - … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Trade Show Organizer

    Arranging a large conference involves its share of juggling. The process begins a whopping five years in advance, when Olson secures a site for the conference. She coordinates the design of the floor plan, the pricing of the booths, … Read more...

  • Dream Jobs: Archeologist

    Archaeologists do more than dust off ancient artifacts like pottery bowls or crude utensils. They do the heavy lifting - shoveling dirt with a trowel to unearth remains. If it's a big site with perhaps a building or structure to unearth, … Read more...

  • Zamboni Driver

    Three times during each Red Wings game, fans can watch Sobotka smoothing the ice between periods, a skill that is learned only through years of practice. Read more...