2. Career: Athletic trainer
Median Salary: $44,020
Athletic trainer jobs are expected to grow in 2011, as employers such as universities, corporations, and pro and amateur sports teams add to their training staff, according to the Labor Dept. These jobs require an understanding of physiology (don't skip biology classes, students) and strong listening and communication skills. Before investing in a certificate or degree program, buy a couple of personal training sessions at your gym and use the time to quiz your trainer about what the job entails.