In the best of all worlds, we would find that the things we love most also enable us to make a comfortable living. A few people have had this luxury, boasting that they’ve never really worked a day in their lives or that everything they’ve done to earn a living they would have done for free.
For the rest of us, our job is, to varying degrees, something we do to put bread on the table and something we’d give up the moment we won the big state lottery or otherwise became independently wealthy.
In this bad economy, many of us therefore think less of what we would really like to do and more of what will fetch a decent income. If that’s you, it would be good to have an objective measure of what jobs pay.
Fortunately, your tax dollars provide you with such data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of all types of jobs in the U.S. and what they earn. For these data, go here.