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By Juleyka Lantigua
Jobs_2Forget about your parents’ dreams of you becoming a doctor or a lawyer. That’s so last century. If you’d like to have a say in, and a nice chunk of the proceeds from, the U.S. economy post-bailout, you must become skilled at trading in the real currency of the coming decades: information.

Yes, folks, we are witnessing the demise of money (actual, physical and printed on paper) as the unit that determines the real-world value of goods and services. As the global economy resettles, the really valuable stuff will be information, loads and loads of it. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of 10 very hot careers that savvy folks will want to get into on the ground floor.

Forensic Accountant
— this is the guy who finds the money people and corporations try so cleverly to hide. Salary: $45,000 to $100,000

Economics Professor — she’s the one who gets the call from the Speaker of the House to make sense of a meltdown, on a global scale, of course. Salary: $54,000 to $89,000

Financial Newspaper/Magazine Editor — he’s the one who gives the rest of us a vocabulary and finance primer when stuff hits the fan. Salary: $45,000 to $75,000

Data Security Analyst — he’s the gatekeeper at the big financial houses, who keeps the hackers at bay. Salary: $67,000 to $84,000

Bank Auditor — she’s the watchdog stationed at major banks, but works for the Federal reserve. Salary: $45,000 to $55,000

Corporate Appraiser — he’s the guy who tells companies what they’re worth, based on assets, liabilities, working capital and everything in between. Salary: $72,000 to $90,000

Internal Auditor (Corporate) –- she’s the one who makes sure the company stays on this side of the law. Salary:  $77,500 to $101,500

Compliance Executive –- he’s the one who reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission about how well the company is following corporate governance requirements. Salary: $132,500 to $181,250

Data Miner — she’s the one who uses software to dig through massive databases, crunching numbers and spotting trends used for market research, and even money-laundering rings. Salary: $60,000 to $120,000

Intellectual-Property Attorney — he’s the one who makes sure the people who manipulate the information get to own that information, and reap all the rewards. Salary: $60,000 to $86,000

"Juleyka Lantigua is a journalist and editor whose work appears in national newspapers and magazines. For more info visit:"

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