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Help with choosing a career

Many people settle for a job, but there are online tools that can help you choose a career that suits your personality, education, stress tolerance and, of course, your need for money.

• Stressed out? At Business, there's a list of "high-paying jobs for people who don't like stress." The list includes jobs with annual pay averaging from about $65,000 to $186,000, the latter number belonging to orthodontists, who apparently find it relaxing to realign people's teeth and jaws. Other jobs that allegedly don't bring much stress in return for the paycheck include being an art director, an urban planner, an engineer or an economist.

• Pick a career "you actually like," says a post at But don't expect to be right on your first try — that works out for about one person in 20, according to the post. "Pick a lifestyle, not a job title," it says, and don't fall for hype. Being a lawyer, for example: "You see their exciting life on TV: a gloriously safe path from college to law school to a high-paying job. But behind the scenes, each year the American Bar Association conducts a survey to ask if lawyers would recommend their profession to other people, and the vast majority of lawyers say no."

• If you think a certain career or industry might interest you, but don't really know that much about it, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the website of the Labor Department. There is detailed information on jobs — the training required, the pay you might expect, the prospects of actually landing a position. And you can browse easily from there to see careers sorted by the highest pay, fastest-growing fields, or most plentiful job openings. Or, click on an occupation category, such as health care, to browse the scores of job types under that category, what the job duties are, what qualifies as entry-level training, and what salary to expect.

• Still have no clue what you want to be when you grow up? Join the club and take this "how to find the perfect job quiz" at The step-by-step questionnaire is a good way to start seeing where your likes and expectations may be pointing.

Help with choosing a career 01/24/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 26, 2014 7:57pm]
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