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1. Speech-Language Pathologist

best jobs, working parents, speech language pathologist
Median pay: $71,100
Top pay: $108,000
10-year job growth: 19%
Total jobs: 130,000
The job: Diagnose and treat speech disorders for people of all ages. About half of speech therapists work in schools (think class hours and summers off). In PayScale's survey, 68% of therapists said that they had flexible schedules. About 20% work part-time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How to switch: You'll need to get a two-year master's in speech language therapy. Learn more about the field at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at asha.org.

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Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job.

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
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