Food Science Technicians

Agricultural and food science technicians assist agricultural and food scientists by performing duties such as measuring and analyzing the quality of food and agricultural products.

Entry-Level Education: Associate’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $34,070

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $57,710

More Information: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Urban and Regional Planners

Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. Their plans help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Entry-Level Education: Master’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $65,230

More Information: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Sociologists

Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that people develop.

Entry-Level Education: Master’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $74,960

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Political Scientists

Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

Entry-Level Education: Doctoral or professional degree

2012 Median Pay: $102,000

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Physicists and Astronomers

Physicists and astronomers study the ways in which various forms of matter and energy interact. Theoretical physicists and astronomers may study the nature of time or the origin of the universe. Physicists and astronomers in applied fields may develop new military technologies or new sources of energy, or monitor space debris that could endanger satellites.

Entry-Level Education: Doctoral or professional degree

2012 Median Pay: $106,360

More Information: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Microbiologists

Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow, and interact with their environments.

Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $66,260

More Information: Bureau of Labor Statistics