Jean Chatzky
If changing jobs or careers is on your mind, you are not alone. A Money magazine survey reveals that 60 percent of people are looking for a "fresh start" job. Jean talks with Jennifer Merritt, a special projects editor for Money , about the 20 best jobs in America for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Jennifer says the people surveyed who are looking for a new job or career varied from young people to retired military personnel and baby boomers. "So many people were thinking about making a change, trying to make a change or considering it," Jennifer says. "We thought it would be a good idea to take a peek at what kind of a second act is best for all these different people."

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Many people who fall into the category of young and restless have been in the workforce for five or six years and are looking for higher pay, a chance of advancement and some control, Jennifer says. Anything you can do to prove you are ready to jump into a new career will help you transition to a new job, she says. "They are the group that is perhaps sought after, but also the most challenged at finding a new job," Jennifer says. "They have been schooled in a certain career and they have to show a commitment that they are ready for this next career." You may have to take classes, volunteer your time or get a different degree to get into a new field.

Becoming a nurse will guarantee you a job for years to come, Jennifer says, with more than 1 million job openings for nurses in the next eight years. "You could be a traveling nurse and see the country," she says. "You could get that three-day-a-week work schedule right now."

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