Why it’s great: If you want to know what the next big thing is, this is your field. Before launching a product or service, companies turn to market research analysts who collect and evaluate data about consumer wants, needs and buying habits.
You get to work on a huge variety of projects: In a single day you might run a taste test on a new vodka flavor, evaluate a re-branding campaign for a hot dog and analyze political polling data.
What’s cool: Testing products before they hit the market. You talk to lots of people and get to ask them personal questions you wouldn’t dare pose at a party.
What’s not: Being mistaken for a telemarketer; deadlines; number crunching.
Top-paying job: A senior exec or partner in a consulting firm can earn more than $200,000.
Education: B.A.; M.A. in statistics helps.
Below is the full list:
1. Software Engineer
2. College professional
3. Financial adviser
4. Human Resources Manager
5. Physician assistant
6. Market research analyst
7. Computer IT analyst
8. Real Estate Appraiser
Rajan is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BIG Marketing for Small Business. He's an award-winning marketing strategist who is passionate about branding, digital marketing and social media. He spent nearly a decade as the marketing executive at global IT firm Peer 1 Hosting and was instrumental in their explosive growth.