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  Sexiest Jobs 2006
The Sexiest Jobs: 2006
In 2006, it turns out that bravery, as well as making a lot of money, make a job the sexiest.
 

Rekindling the Flame

Just in time for Valentine's Day 2006, AOL and Salary.com once again stacked up the sexiest job titles in the land. In this year's poll, which received nearly 8,000 votes, firefighter looked to smother the competition again and win the title of "sexiest job" for the second year running. However, chief executive officer, a job title that has received much public scrutiny this year, threatened to push the firefighter down the pole. The two jobs titles fought hard for the majority of the vote. In the end, firefighter was not able to completely put out the CEO's three-alarm blaze. In 2006, it turns out that bravery, as well as making a lot of money, make a job the sexiest. At the close of the ballot, firefighter and CEO remained deadlocked at 16% of the vote, thus earning the joint distinction of the "sexiest jobs" of 2006.


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Click on the sexy job title below to run a salary report. See exactly what this year's most popular Valentines are making:

Sexiest Jobs 2006
Title
% Of Votes
Median Salary
Firefighter
16%
CEO
16%
Pilot
12%
Doctor
10%
Flight Attendant
7%
Police Officer
6%
Event Planner
6%
Interior Designer
5%
Soldier
5%
Nurse
5%
Source: Salary.com / AOL.com Feb 2006

Not So Sexy Anymore

A number of job titles seem to have lost their sex appeal this year, including reporter, lawyer, teacher, and veterinarian, which all fell out of the Top Ten. The most surprising hot job collapse was that of the job title reporter, which was ranked as the #4 Sexiest Job of 2005 (see last year's list). Explanations for the fact that reporters are no longer sexy include the retirement of as-seen-on-TV reporter Carrie Bradshaw of "Sex and the City". Popular TV character jobs have always been sexy, but apparently not in reruns.

Getting Some Love

On the other hand, the sexy collapses of some jobs make room in the standings of love for some well deserving job titles such as pilot, police officer, and soldier. While a pilot of a large commercial jet liner earns a national average of around $100,000 per year, police officer and soldier join firefighter on the list of sexy jobs that don't generally pay high salaries. Respondents to the poll cited bravery, responsibility, and of course the uniforms, as sexy components of these jobs.

Zookeeper Sexy?

Your job didn't make the list? Don't give up on finding a Valentine yet! Based on a large number of write-in votes, there are people out there who think just about any job is sexy. Some write-in votes included: farmer, park ranger, jewelry designer, steel worker, electronic technician, stenographer, architect, tow-truck operator, archaeologist, parking attendant, and even funeral director.

Break the firefighter/CEO tie! E-mail poll@salary.com to submit what job you think is sexiest.

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Dream Job: Firefighter

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