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These Were the Highest and Lowest Paying Jobs of 2017

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Students who completed medical school in 2017 owed an average of nearly $191,000 in education debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges [PDF]. While steep, this investment can lead to hefty salaries—some of the highest paying in America, according to new reports compiled by job listings site CareerCast and spotted by GOBankingRates.com.

CareerCast recently released its lists of the 10 most lucrative jobs in America in 2017, and the 10 lowest paying ones. Education level was the main divider between these two categories, with seven of the top 10 being medical specialties (careers that require years of extra schooling) and five of the lowest being in the service industry.

In all, surgeons make the most money, taking home an annual median salary of nearly $410,000. The next two decades are expected to be fruitful ones for this medical specialty, with a projected growth outlook of 17 percent.

Ranking just behind surgeon are orthodontists, with a $208,000 annual median salary; psychiatrists, who make $194,740; and general practice physicians, who make $190,490. That said, you don’t need to become a doctor (or even go to grad school) to score a high paycheck. Other top jobs include chief executive, with annual median pay of $181,210, petroleum engineers ($128,230), and air traffic controllers ($122,410).

Food servers—who live off both wages and tips—have the lowest paying jobs, according to CareerCast's data. They earn an annual median salary of $19,630 per year. But since this sector is expected to see a growth outlook of 14 percent in the next 20 years, a good server will likely always be able to find work, even if it's not well-paid.

Cashiers, on the other hand, are projected to see negative growth. This dip could be explained by the rise of e-commerce and automated services, among other factors. In addition to vanishing job prospects, cashiers earn $20,180.

Home health aides rank next on CareerCast’s top 10 lowest-paying jobs list. While workers earn an average yearly salary of $21,170, they can also expect increasing job security due to aging Baby Boomers. The industry is expected to see a 40 percent growth outlook between 2014 and 2024, thanks to the nation's senior population.

Other careers mentioned on CareerCast’s lowest-paying job list include bartender ($20,800), dishwasher ($20,800), childcare worker ($21,170), maid ($21,820), retail sales worker ($22,900), recreation worker ($23,870), and janitor ($24,190). See how other professions fared here.

[h/t GOBankingRates]

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Stop Your Snoring and Track Your Sleep With a Wi-Fi Smart Pillow
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Everyone could use a better night's rest. The CDC says that only 66 percent of American adults get as much sleep as they should, so if you're spending plenty of time in bed but mostly tossing and turning (or trying to block out your partner's snores), it may be time to smarten up your sleep accessories. As TechCrunch reports, the ZEEQ Smart Pillow improves your sleeping schedule in a multitude of ways, whether you're looking to quiet your snores or need a soothing lullaby to rock you to sleep.

After a successful Kickstarter in 2016, the product is now on sale and ready to get you snoozing. If you're a snorer, the pillow has a microphone designed to listen to the sound of your snores and softly vibrate so that you shift positions to a quieter pose. Accelerometers in the pillow let the sleep tracker know how much you're moving around at night, allowing it to record your sleep stages. Then, you can hook the pillow up to your Amazon Echo or Google Home so that you can have your favorite smart assistant read out the pillow's analysis of your sleep quality and snoring levels the next morning.

The pillow is also equipped with eight different wireless speakers that turn it into an extra-personal musical experience. You can listen to soothing music while you fall asleep, either connecting the pillow to your Spotify or Apple Music account on your phone via Bluetooth or using the built-in relaxation programs. You can even use it to listen to podcasts without disturbing your partner. You can set a timer to turn the music off after a certain period so you don't wake up in the middle of the night still listening to Serial.

And when it's time to wake up, the pillow will analyze your movements to wake you during your lightest sleep stage, again keeping the noise of an alarm from disturbing your partner.

The downside? Suddenly your pillow is just another device with a battery that needs to charge. And forget about using it in a place without Wi-Fi.

The ZEEQ Smart Pillow currently costs $200.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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For most men—and Avril Lavigne-imitators—learning to tie a tie is an essential sartorial skill. Digg spotted this video showing how you can tie one the simple way, with a tabletop method that works just as well if you’re going to wear the tie yourself or if you're tying it together for someone else who doesn't share your skills.

The whole technique is definitely easier to master while watching the video below, but here's a short rundown: As laid out by the lifehack YouTube channel DaveHax, the method requires you to lay the tie out on a table, folded in half as if you're about to loop it around your neck.

With the back of the tie facing up, you loop over each end, then twist the thinner of the two loops around itself so it ends up looking like a mini-tie knot itself. You'll end up nestling the two loops together and snaking the thin tail of the tie through the whole thing. Then, essentially all you have to do is pull, and you can adjust the tie as you otherwise would to put it over your head.

Unfortunately, this won't teach you how to master the art of more complicated neckwear styles like the fancier Balthus knot or even a bow tie, but it's a pretty good start for those who have yet to figure out even the simplest tie fashions.

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