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The editors at How Do I Become A ...? decided to take a fun look at the kinds of jobs kids want to do when they grow up.

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A...

There are 22.2 Million Children ages 6-11 in the United States and they all want to be something special when they grow up. Here's a look at a few of their most common job aspirations.

1. Doctor
Average Income: Average physician compensation now ranges from a high of $315,000 for orthopedic surgeons to a low of $156,000 for pediatricians.
Years training/college: 4 years undergrad, 4 years medical school, 2 year residency/internship
Estimated Loans/Fees: Over 80 percent of each medical student class will graduate in debt; average debt of $158,000 ( $2.3 billion for the group as a whole)
Percentage of U.S. Population .29% of U.S. Population
Job Outlook, 2010-20 24% (Faster than average)
Employment Change: 2010-20 +168,300

2. Vet
Average Salary: $82,040 per year and $39.44 per hour
Entry-Level Education 4 year undergraduate degree, 4 year veterinary college, 2 year internship (required for licensure)
Average Student Loans acquired $133,873 student loans
Liklihood of becoming a veterinarian Only 28 veterinary colleges in the U.S. - limited to 2,500 graduates each year
Number of Jobs, 2010 61,400
Job Outlook, 2010-20 36% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change: 2010-20 +22,000

3. Athlete
Average Salary for NFL player $1.9 million
Entry-Level Education Some College (for recruiting purposes)
Average Age of NFL player 27
Average length of career 3.5 years

4. Musicians and Singers
Average Salary: $22.39 per hour
Education: None required
Hidden Costs: up to $100,000 to record and promote an album including, but not limited to:
Number of Jobs in 2010: 176,200
Job Outlook for 2010-20 10% growth
Employment Change for 2010-20: +17,900

5. Firefighter
Average Income: $45,250 per year (career firefighters) and $21.76 per hour
Danger: 61 firefighter deaths in 2011 and 71,875 firefighter injuries in 2010
Number of Jobs in 2010: Of all firefighters, 335,150 (30%) are career firefighters and 768,150 (70%) are volunteer firefighters.
Job Outlook for 2010-20: 9% growth

6. Police Officer (and Detectives)
Average Income: $55,010 per year and $26.45 per hour
Requirements: 1. High School Diploma 2. Must be at least 21 years old 3. Bachelor's Degree (criminal justice)
Number of fatalitites in 2011: 137
Number of Jobs in 2010: 794,300
Demographics: 1 in 8 officers are women; 1 in 4 officers are 'members of a racial or ethnic minority'
Employment Change for 2010-20: +58,700

7. Pilot: Airline Pilot
Average income $92,060 per year
Requirements:
Option 1: 4 year degree in unrelated field + flight school ($40 to 60 thousand per program)
Option 2: 4 year degree in aviation ($120,000 for 4 years' tuition)
Option 3: Enter the military and earn a 4 year degree with paid training (8 year commitment)
Perks: 1) Work 8 - 20 days in a month. 2) free or reduced airline travel. 3) reduced rate hotel and car rentals.
Downsides: 1) Competitive: 7,000 applications for every 50 job openings 2) spend most nights away from home
The job: On average pilots spend about 70 to 100 hours a month in the air. Undergo regular (bi-annual) tests to ensure skills are up to date.
Number of Jobs: 103,500 employed pilots in 2010
60 % of all pilots fly commercial airplanes, the rest fly cargo and private planes, as well as air force planes.
Employment Change: 2010-20 +11,500

8. Actor
Average Income $17.44 per hour
Entry-Level Education
Number of Jobs, 2010 66,500
Job Outlook, 2010-20 4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change: 2010-20 +2,600

9. Spy: Clandestine Officer with the CIA
Average Income: $74,872 - $155,500
Requirements: 1. College degree in related field with a 3.0 GPA. 2. Foreign Language skills 3. 5 years of experience (as a Desk Agent)
Background Checks: All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required
Travel Required: Operations Officers will serve 60% to 70% of their careers overseas
Officers are provided housing and receive overseas allowances and schooling benefits for their children.

10. Professional Model
Average Pay for full-time Models in Agencies $42,560 a year ($20.46/hr)
18 percent of models are self-employed, part-time or work freelance
Average length of modelling career 2-5 years
Physical Requirements (for modelling work at Chaniel or Gucci)
Female Models: Height: 5'9" - 6' Weight: 110 to 130 pounds, from minimum to maximum height respectively
Male Models: Height: 5'11" - 6'2" Weight: 140 to 165 pounds, from minimum to maximum height, respectively
Highest Paid Model as of May 2012: Gisele Bundchen made $45 million in the last year (may 11-may 12)

Sources:

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http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/33563/astronaut-no-longer-on-kids-dream-job-list/
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http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-CIA-Agent
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http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/105/Dancer.html
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