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This position combines an outgoing personality with having a soft spot for young learners. Admissions consultants are in high demand these days, as the quest to enter coveted programs is no longer reserved for those on the undergraduate and graduate school level—even preschools have become selective with the students they admit. Consultants are hired based on their inside connections with school administrators; they liaise on behalf of well-paying parents and students to help with scheduling school tours and interviews. They also help parents and students understand and navigate the red tape of the application process. Salary.com reports average salaries around $38,000 per year, but a recent Businessweek article suggests that top consultants charge as much as $4,000 per MBA program, and that many applicants apply to at least five schools.