Still, Rachel Brown, director of the career center at Temple University in Philadelphia, noted that the average person changes careers three to five times in a lifetime.

And while median salary is certainly something students should be aware of, it shouldn’t be the deciding factor, she said.

“Take that into consideration, but look at the whole picture,” Brown said. “What are you doing every day? What are the job responsibilities? What are the values of the occupation in general? Advancement potential?”


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