Nine That's what Money Magazine and PayScale.com say. They rank the top careers based on pay, projected job growth and quality of life, among other factors.

To which I say: Only ninth?

Heck, CPAs came in sixth in 2009. Given all the bright spots on the profession's horizon, it's hard to believe it fell three spots.

Then there's this, directly from the Money / PayScale report:

Especially in this time of economic turmoil, CPAs are needed to make sense of increasingly complex financial transactions — from buyouts to businesses grappling with changing tax laws.

In this environment, that alone should have kicked CPAs up the ladder a couple of notches.

But hey, as Joe Walsh says, I can't complain … but sometimes I still do.

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