Posted Mar. 10, 2008 -- Come on, admit it. You sneak a peek at your horoscope now and then, don't you? And even though horoscopes aren't always correct, every once in a while you read one so dead-on it makes you reconsider your feelings about this whole astrology thing.
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Amazingly, horoscopes can occasionally even tip cynics toward reluctant self-discovery. Here's a list of characteristic personality traits and suggested career options, along with the average national salary, for each sign of the zodiac.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Ambitious, inventive, confident and independent. You can be impatient, but your creativity and high energy inspire people and make you a natural leader.
Compatible jobs: Arians often succeed in creative fields such as journalism, publicity, publishing and advertising. Leadership positions in the military or law enforcement are also potential matches. Look for jobs that allow you to flex your imagination and work either independently or as a leader.
• Publicity Writer: $45,696
• Police Officer: $46,564
• Radio DJ: $41,281
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Practical, loyal, dependable and patient. You have strong opinions, but are slow to anger.
Compatible jobs: Due to your methodical nature, you have the potential for success in finance and accounting. Artistic Taureans should look for careers in architecture or landscaping.
• Financial Planner: $66,328
• Architect: $55,509
• Stock Broker: $53,978
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Enthusiastic, communicative, optimistic and intellectually curious. You are full of passion and energy, and have a voracious appetite for new experiences.
Compatible jobs: Since you crave intellectual stimulation, look for jobs that allow you to continually learn new things. Consider a career in academia, research, investigative journalism or fields that require travel. Geminis are often good with their hands, and therefore might consider working in construction or carpentry.
• Research Assistant: $31,248
• News Reporter: $38,668
• Carpenter: $35,541
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Compassionate, energetic, intuitive and imaginative. Your sensitivity, loyalty and organizational skills make you an excellent caregiver.
Compatible jobs: Tap into your nurturing nature with a job in health care, social work, psychology or teaching. You might also consider a career in law, where your desire to protect and defend others would be put to good use.
• Social Service Worker: $45,461
• Public Defender: $83,442
• Adult Education Teacher: $43,763
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Ambitious, confident, optimistic, straightforward and outgoing. Your generous, dramatic presence draws others to you.
Compatible jobs: You feel most comfortable in leadership positions where your star power can really shine. Consider a career in politics or film, or in an entrepreneurial business role that allows you to manage others.
• Campaign Worker: $54,808
• CEO: $336,305
• Newspaper Editor: $71,815
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Observant, meticulous, friendly and industrious. Thanks to your patient, analytical nature, you are an excellent problem solver.
Compatible jobs: Your logical, inquisitive mind makes you an excellent candidate for a career in medicine, law, research or teaching. Since Virgos are detail-oriented, they often succeed in accounting, statistics and programming.
• Analytical Statistician: $62,326
• Elementary School Teacher: $41,712
• Internal Medicine Physician: $164,549
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Diplomatic, idealistic, easygoing, creative and sociable. Your gregarious and trustworthy nature makes you well-liked by all.
Compatible jobs: Your sense of justice and interest in people make you a strong candidate for positions in public service, philanthropy, law and medicine. Libras' imaginative nature also lends them to careers in the arts.
• Poet: $53,864
• Judge: $72,990
• Public Services Director: $39,221
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Purposeful, motivated, energetic and passionate. Your mental strength and resourcefulness make others feel safe around you.
Compatible jobs: Your intensity, drive and analytic ability make politics, police investigation and the military fitting fields for you. A career in espionage, physics or astronomy would serve your inquisitive nature.
• Undercover Agent: $43,038
• Astronomer: $84,767
• Internal Affairs Investigator: $54,598
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Positive, adventurous, ethical and sincere. You love to travel and learn new things, and then communicate your newfound knowledge to others.
Compatible jobs: Philosophical by nature, you're suited to science, theology, law, politics and public service. Careers that allow for travel will also be of interest to Sagittarians.
• Travel Agent: $28,197
• Social Worker: $55,606
• City Superintendent: $177,059
Capricorn (December 22-Jauary 19)
Responsible, disciplined, ambitious and authoritative. Your serious, goal-oriented temperament pushes you to succeed in all you do.
Compatible jobs: Excellent with math and money, you thrive in business situations where you are given a lot of responsibility. Additionally, many Capricorns are good with their hands and do well in engineering and construction.
• Treasurer: $102,364
• Mathematician: $61,884
• Construction Worker: $38,631
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Innovative, tolerant, personable and quick-witted. Creative and independent, you set the trends that others follow.
Compatible jobs: Your excellent aesthetic sense lends you to a career in the arts, such as photography, music, writing and acting. Aquarians are visionaries, and therefore are also suited to science, aviation and computer technology.
• Jet Pilot: $86,567
• Fiction Writer: $45,646
• Software Developer: $74,196
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Empathetic, patient, artistic and loyal. Due to your kind and intuitive nature, others often turn to you for support.
Compatible jobs: Your compassion makes you well-suited for a career in health care, social work, philanthropy or veterinary science. The artistic, imaginative side of Pisceans would be engaged by a career in theater or film.
• Actor: $33,103
• Registered Nurse: $52,035
• Veterinarian: $79,452