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  1. Surgeons
  2. What they do

    They treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

    • Follow established surgical techniques during the operation.
    • Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk.
    • Operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions.
    • Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure.

    How much they make

    $255110

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  3. Pathologists
  4. What they do

    They diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.

    • Examine microscopic samples to identify diseases or other abnormalities.
    • Diagnose diseases or study medical conditions using techniques such as gross pathology, histology, cytology, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, immunology, flow cytometry, or molecular biology.
    • Write pathology reports summarizing analyses, results, and conclusions.
    • Identify the etiology, pathogenesis, morphological change, and clinical significance of diseases.

    How much they make

    $203880

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  5. Sports Medicine Physicians
  6. What they do

    They diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.

    • Diagnose or treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
    • Order and interpret the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging procedures.
    • Advise against injured athletes returning to games or competition if resuming activity could lead to further injury.
    • Record athletes' medical care information and maintain medical records.

    How much they make

    $203880

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  7. Prosthodontists
  8. What they do

    They construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.

    • Measure and take impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.
    • Replace missing teeth and associated oral structures with permanent fixtures, such as implant-supported prostheses, crowns and bridges, or removable fixtures, such as dentures.
    • Design and fabricate dental prostheses, or supervise dental technicians and laboratory bench workers who construct the devices.
    • Fit prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.

    How much they make

    $191400

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  9. Airline Pilots and Flight Engineers
  10. What they do

    They pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

    • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
    • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
    • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
    • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.

    How much they make

    $169560

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  11. Pharmacists
  12. What they do

    They dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

    • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
    • Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
    • Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, or registries of poisons, narcotics, or controlled drugs.
    • Work in hospitals or clinics or for Health Management Organizations (HMOs), dispensing prescriptions, serving as a medical team consultant, or specializing in specific drug therapy areas, such as oncology or nuclear pharmacotherapy.

    How much they make

    $123670

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  13. Air Traffic Controllers
  14. What they do

    They control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

    • Inform pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
    • Issue landing and take-off authorizations or instructions.
    • Transfer control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accept control of arriving flights.
    • Provide flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations.

    How much they make

    $120830

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  15. Accountants
  16. What they do

    They analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

    • Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.
    • Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
    • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
    • Review accounts for discrepancies and reconcile differences.

    How much they make

    $78820

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  17. Customs Brokers
  18. What they do

    They prepare customs documentation and ensure that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. Determine and track duties and taxes payable and process payments on behalf of client. Sign documents under a power of attorney. Represent clients in meetings with customs officials and apply for duty refunds and tariff reclassifications. Coordinate transportation and storage of imported goods.

    • Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures.
    • Clear goods through customs and to their destinations for clients.
    • Pay, or arrange for payment of, taxes and duties on shipments.
    • Calculate duty and tariff payments owed on shipments.

    How much they make

    $76960

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  19. Aviation Inspectors
  20. What they do

    They inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.

    • Approve or deny issuance of certificates of airworthiness.
    • Conduct flight test programs to test equipment, instruments, and systems under a variety of conditions, using both manual and automatic controls.
    • Inspect work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, modification, or repair and overhaul of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.
    • Examine aircraft access plates and doors for security.

    How much they make

    $75330

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  21. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  22. What they do

    They collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.

    • Compile data required for map preparation, including aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports, and original maps.
    • Delineate aerial photographic detail, such as control points, hydrography, topography, and cultural features, using precision stereoplotting apparatus or drafting instruments.
    • Prepare and alter trace maps, charts, tables, detailed drawings, and three-dimensional optical models of terrain using stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment.
    • Study legal records to establish boundaries of local, national, and international properties.

    How much they make

    $68340

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  23. Court Reporters
  24. 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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  25. Metal and Plastic Model Makers
  26. What they do

    They set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.

    • Study blueprints, drawings, and sketches to determine material dimensions, required equipment, and operations sequences.
    • Inspect and test products to verify conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments or circuit testers.
    • Drill, countersink, and ream holes in parts and assemblies for bolts, screws, and other fasteners, using power tools.
    • Cut, shape, and form metal parts, using lathes, power saws, snips, power brakes and shears, files, and mallets.

    How much they make

    $56920

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  27. Private Detectives and Investigators
  28. What they do

    They gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

    • Write reports or case summaries to document investigations.
    • Conduct private investigations on a paid basis.
    • Search computer databases, credit reports, public records, tax or legal filings, or other resources to locate persons or to compile information for investigations.
    • Conduct personal background investigations, such as pre-employment checks, to obtain information about an individual's character, financial status, or personal history.

    How much they make

    $56810

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  29. Architectural Drafters
  30. What they do

    They prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

    • Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms, and records.
    • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
    • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.
    • Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for commercial buildings, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment and software.

    How much they make

    $56700

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  31. Title Examiners and Searchers
  32. What they do

    They search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.

    • Examine documentation such as mortgages, liens, judgments, easements, plat books, maps, contracts, and agreements to verify factors such as properties' legal descriptions, ownership, or restrictions.
    • Examine individual titles to determine if restrictions, such as delinquent taxes, will affect titles and limit property use.
    • Prepare reports describing any title encumbrances encountered during searching activities, and outlining actions needed to clear titles.
    • Copy or summarize recorded documents, such as mortgages, trust deeds, and contracts, that affect property titles.

    How much they make

    $51380

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  33. Tax Preparers
  34. What they do

    They prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

    • Interview clients to obtain additional information on taxable income and deductible expenses and allowances.
    • Use all appropriate adjustments, deductions, and credits to keep clients' taxes to a minimum.
    • Prepare or assist in preparing simple to complex tax returns for individuals or small businesses.
    • Compute taxes owed or overpaid, using adding machines or personal computers, and complete entries on forms, following tax form instructions and tax tables.

    How much they make

    $46860

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  35. Gem and Diamond Workers
  36. What they do

    They fabricate, finish, or evaluate the quality of gems and diamonds used in jewelry or industrial tools.

    • Examine gems during processing to ensure accuracy of angles and positions of cuts or bores, using magnifying glasses, loupes, or shadowgraphs.
    • Assign polish, symmetry, and clarity grades to stones, according to established grading systems.
    • Examine diamonds or gems to ascertain the shape, cut, and width of cut stones, or to select the cuts that will result in the biggest, best quality stones.
    • Estimate wholesale and retail value of gems, following pricing guides, market fluctuations, and other relevant economic factors.

    How much they make

    $43570

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  37. Proofreaders and Copy Markers
  38. 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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  39. Medical Transcriptionists
  40. What they do

    They transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

    • Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines.
    • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
    • Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.
    • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.

    How much they make

    $36350

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