Requirements: College degree, Juris Doctor, Bar exam
Time investment: 7 years
Cost investment: $150,000+
When talking jobs that are way more lucrative than your own, doctors and lawyers are inevitably brought up. But you can cross-examine creeps much faster than you can pick up a scalpel without supervision.
First up? That four-year bachelor's degree, where you'll spend all of senior year studying for the LSAT while your buddies do keg stands. Next is law school (the in-state route is $23,214 a year), if you even get in. Then, a meager three years later, you'll take the bar exam. Each state has its own system, but rest assured you'll be charged a few hundred, so be sure you really want this. "Law is the single field with the highest job dissatisfaction," says Gerberg. "A lot of really smart people get into it, and it’s just not what they thought it was going to be."