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16: Police Officer
Median Salary: $81,598
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +17%
Total Employees: 72,400
Change in Employees (2009–2015): -9%
This category probably doesn’t require much explanation: police officers are there to protect the public, detect and prevent crime. They work for municipal and federal governments and some provincial and regional governments. It’s a physically demanding job, so having lots of endurance and street smarts is important.