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1. Air Traffic Controller
Median Salary: $85,342
Change in salary (2007–2013): 51.6%
Change in workforce size (2007-2013): 0%
Punishing stress levels? The fate of thousands of lives in your hands every day? Being stuck in a darkened bunker staring at a screen for hours at a time? All this awaits you if you manage to break into the rarefied world of air traffic controllers. Salaries have soared by more than 50% in the last five years, but the number of available posts has remained stagnant at around 4,200, so chances are the only airplanes you'll get to order around are the paper variety.