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Preparing for College

What’s your destination?
Your career has a lot to do with how much money
you’ll make.

Occupations by Salary and Required
Level of Education in Kentucky1

Money isn’t everything. You should do what you
love. But you need money to pay the bills. Here’s
how much money certain careers pay on average
in Kentucky.

Professional Degree
Pediatricians
Orthodontists
Pharmacists
Lawyers
Veterinarians
Doctoral Degree
School superintendents2
History professors
Master’s Degree
Nurse Practitioners
Physical Therapists
Statisticians
Bachelor’s Degree
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Mining and Geological Engineers
Financial Managers
Farm and Ranch Managers
Registered Nurses
High School Teachers
Forensic Science Technicians
Graphic Designers
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and
Motion Picture
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)
Fashion Designers
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
Postsecondary Certificate
Electrical and Electronics Repairers,
Commercial and Industrial Equipment
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

If you want one of these jobs, you’ll need
specialized training, a college degree or maybe
even an advanced degree. Check out your
Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for the educational
requirements of careers that interest you. (Don’t
expect to make this much right out of college…
you need experience, too.)

List your top
3 career choices!
1. __________________________
2.__________________________
3.__________________________

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Is minimum wage
enough for you?

Dreaming of becoming
a professional athlete?

At $7.25 an hour, you
can expect to earn
about $15,080 a year IF
you have a full-time job.
Many minimum wage
jobs are only part time
and offer no benefits.

The odds are low—
only one in every 3,000
high school athletes
becomes a pro in a
major sport.3 There are
many sports-related
careers to choose from.

$177,666
$177,003
$124,598
$93,982
$83,042
$125,958
$72,173
$95,145
$84,552
$78,745
$105,422
$98,411
$98,135
$65,039
$59,171
$53,303
$41,689
$41,210
$36,995

$66,764
$41,934
$54,681
$38,032
$25,168

Source: Kentucky Career Center,Kentucky Labor Market Information, https://kylmi.ky.gov, 2015.
Source: Kentucky Department of Education, http://education.ky.gov/districts/finrept/pages/school%20
district%20personnel%20information.aspx, 2016-2017
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition,
bls.gov/ooh
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