Best Careers for Investigative Interests

investigative job

So you took the O*NET Interest Profiler test and you have investigative interests. Does that mean you have to become a detective or work in a laboratory? No.

These occupations are jobs that work with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

If you love solving problems or others have said you are stuck in your head, these jobs will put all of that brainpower to work.

Healthcare Jobs

family physician

Median annual income $213,270

Family Physicians diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. They are also called general practitioners.

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medical scientist

Average annual income $97,650

Medical scientists conduct research to better the quality of overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

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nutritionist career

Average annual income $62,330

Nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage diseases. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

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Average annual income $75,780

Diagnostic imaging workers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians diagnose patients. Sonographers may work with physicians and surgeons.

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Science Jobs

food scientist

Average annual salary: $76,190

Food scientists and technicians research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural processes and products. 

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environmental scientist

Average annual income: $77,940.

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with industry to reduce waste.

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Business Jobs

Average annual income: $71,570

Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

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Technology Jobs

computer network architect

Average annual salary: $115,110

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

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Public Service Jobs

Average annual salary: $64,730

If you’ve seen Chicago Fire on TV or the Backdraft movie, you may have seen a portrayal of a fire investigator. These professionals determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions.  

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