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Median annual salary: $50,089
Charged with the responsibility of preventing and solving crimes, police officers often find themselves in dangerous situations dealing with dangerous people.
Since criminals typically don't work 9 to 5, police officers work long, irregular hours in unpredictable and unique situations ranging from domestic disturbances to hostage situations.
This is an ideal job for those with a sense of adventure and a desire to see justice served.
Police officers typically have at least an associate's degree in criminal justice, but many cities and towns offer additional pay for advanced degrees. All officers must pass their academy training as well.