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  1. Lawyers
  2. What they do

    They represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

    • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
    • Advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
    • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
    • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.

    How much they make

    $144230

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  3. Broadcast News Analysts
  4. What they do

    They analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

    • Write commentaries, columns, or scripts, using computers.
    • Coordinate and serve as an anchor on news broadcast programs.
    • Edit news material to ensure that it fits within available time or space.
    • Examine news items of local, national, and international significance to determine topics to address, or obtain assignments from editorial staff members.

    How much they make

    $91990

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  5. Technical Writers
  6. What they do

    They write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

    • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
    • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
    • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
    • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.

    How much they make

    $75500

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  7. Market Research Analysts
  8. What they do

    They research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

    • Prepare reports of findings, illustrating data graphically and translating complex findings into written text.
    • Collect and analyze data on customer demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits to identify potential markets and factors affecting product demand.
    • Conduct research on consumer opinions and marketing strategies, collaborating with marketing professionals, statisticians, pollsters, and other professionals.
    • Measure and assess customer and employee satisfaction.

    How much they make

    $70960

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  9. Editors
  10. What they do

    They plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

    • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
    • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
    • Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
    • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.

    How much they make

    $69480

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  11. Court Reporters
  12. What they do

    They use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

    • Record verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronic stenograph machines, or stenomasks.
    • Take notes in shorthand or use a stenotype or shorthand machine that prints letters on a paper tape.
    • Record symbols on computer storage media and use computer aided transcription to translate and display them as text.
    • Provide transcripts of proceedings upon request of judges, lawyers, or the public.

    How much they make

    $62390

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  13. Librarians
  14. What they do

    They administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

    • Check books in and out of the library.
    • Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.
    • Review and evaluate materials, using book reviews, catalogs, faculty recommendations, and current holdings to select and order print, audio-visual, and electronic resources.
    • Search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to answer patrons' reference questions.

    How much they make

    $61530

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  15. Judicial Law Clerks
  16. What they do

    They assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

    • Research laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, or other information related to cases before the court.
    • Prepare briefs, legal memoranda, or statements of issues involved in cases, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.
    • Confer with judges concerning legal questions, construction of documents, or granting of orders.
    • Draft or proofread judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.

    How much they make

    $59540

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  17. Interpreters and Translators
  18. What they do

    They interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

    • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
    • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
    • Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
    • Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.

    How much they make

    $55230

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  19. Radio TV Announcers
  20. What they do

    They speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

    • Operate control consoles.
    • Record commercials for later broadcast.
    • Announce musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accept requests from listening audience.
    • Study background information to prepare for programs or interviews.

    How much they make

    $51630

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  21. Broadcast Technicians
  22. What they do

    They set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.

    • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
    • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
    • Maintain programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
    • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.

    How much they make

    $46770

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  23. Proofreaders and Copy Markers
  24. What they do

    They read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Includes proofreaders of Braille.

    • Mark copy to indicate and correct errors in type, arrangement, grammar, punctuation, or spelling, using standard printers' marks.
    • Read corrected copies or proofs to ensure that all corrections have been made.
    • Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.
    • Compare information or figures on one record against same data on other records, or with original copy, to detect errors.

    How much they make

    $41950

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  25. Preschool Teachers
  26. What they do

    They instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

    • Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
    • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
    • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
    • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.

    How much they make

    $34410

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  27. Home Health Aides
  28. What they do

    They provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

    • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
    • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
    • Bathe patients.
    • Administer prescribed oral medications, under the written direction of physician or as directed by home care nurse or aide, and ensure patients take their medicine.

    How much they make

    $25330

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  29. Childcare Workers
  30. What they do

    They attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

    • Maintain a safe play environment.
    • Observe and monitor children's play activities.
    • Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
    • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.

    How much they make

    $24610

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