Best jobs. Wanna know the best reason to bust your buns in law school, kiss up to those arrogant professors, and write an esoteric law review article that 12 people might read? Well, darling, it's not so you can get a job at some fancy-schmancy sweatshop like Cravath, Swaine & Moore. You can do better than that.
Think big. Think truly cushy lifestyle. Think groupies (of a certain sort) waiting by your office every day. The best job for law graduates: being a law professor, of course.
AOL has a list of best-paying /good lifestyle jobs (based on Bureau of Labor statistics)—and, yes, law professors are near the top of list (airline pilots hold the top spot). But a law degree alone might not cut it these days, cautions AOL, as increasing numbers of law faculty now sport a Master of Laws or even a Ph.D. Still, AOL says, "the time spent seems well worth it. Besides the generous salary, they enjoy unique benefits including access to campus facilities, tuition waivers for dependents, housing and travel allowances, and paid leave for sabbaticals." The bottom line: "Between these sabbaticals and the summer vacation, most professors work nearly 400 hours less than the average U.S. employee."
Also on this coveted list of great paying jobs is being a judge or magistrate—another tantalizing career for law grads.
Worst jobs. And on the opposite end: What are the hardest-working, lowest-paying jobs? (Sorry, big-firm associates, you are not on the list.)
According to AOL, the seven dreaded jobs are set designers, truck drivers, farm equipment mechanics, motor vehicle electronic equipment installers/repairers, supervisors/managers of retail sales workers, parts salespersons, and emergency medical technicians. "These jobs compensate poorly because they generally require only a high school education," says AOL.
But here's what the study left out: jobs that require you to be well-educated (often employing people with professional degrees or Ph.D.s) while also paying abysmally. Hmm—what could that be? Journalist/blogger? Just asking.
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