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What your zodiac sign says about your career

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  • CareerBuilder.com surveyed 8,700 workers nationwide about their zodiac sign
  • Scorpio, Leo, Taurus and Cancer signs most likely to earn $100,000 or more
  • Pisces, Sagittarius and Capricorn most satisfied with their current jobs
  • Key characteristics of zodiac signs matched up with careers reported on survey
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By Rachel Zupek
CareerBuilder.com writer
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Leos have a true lust for power and leadership. They are confident, optimistic and charismatic.

Leos have a true lust for power and leadership. They are confident, optimistic and charismatic.

Everyone loves the excitement of fortune cookies at a Chinese restaurant.

After your meal, you wait patiently until your server brings the check and enough cookies for your party. When everyone is ready, you open your fortunes together.

As quickly as it appeared, your smile fades as you read, "You have a lot of friends."

That's it? What about destiny or kismet?

If you've ever tried learning about your future through fortune telling, palm reading or horoscopes, you're probably looking for something a little more ... definitive. Will you be rich? Will you be happy? Will you fall in love, have two kids, a dog and a white picket fence?

These are the things we want to know -- not some generalization that every third person probably gets.

The same holds true for our careers. We want to know what careers are best suited for us, how successful we'll be, what kind of salary we can expect to earn and how happy we'll actually be in our chosen profession.

A new survey by CareerBuilder.com might hold the key to your career using your zodiac sign.

What's written in the stars?

Scorpio, Leo, Taurus and Cancer signs were the most likely to earn $100,000 or more per year while Aquarius and Capricorn signs were most likely to earn $35,000 or less, according to the survey, which included more than 8,700 workers and was conducted nationwide across industries.

Pisces, Sagittarius and Capricorn were the most satisfied with their current jobs, and Gemini and Cancer reported being the least satisfied.

Read on to see how key characteristics of different zodiac signs matched up with the careers survey respondents reported.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) Independent, humane, innovative, unconventional and visionary are all adjectives that describe Aquarians. Jobs suited for these character traits include astronomy, photography, aviation and computer technology. Aquarians who responded to the survey reported holding jobs in sales, military, engineering, mechanics, food preparation, facilities management and transportation.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20) Pisces are empathetic, caring, unselfish and spiritual, which combine well with healing or compassionate professions like health care, social work or philanthropy. Pisces in the survey are on the right track, reporting working in such careers as social work, personal care, IT and facilities management.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) Most Aries affirmed working in government, construction, hotel/recreation and education, according to the survey. As assertive, outspoken, confident and dynamic people, those choice professions should speak well to their characters.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Taureans are reliable, practical and honest; they are methodical and work well in teams. Additionally, these folks like jobs that deal with artistic or extravagant things. Compatible professions include jobs in finance, accounting and interior design. Nursing, engineering, law, marketing, public relations and higher education also fit the bill for jobs attuned to Taureans -- good thing those are jobs they reported in the survey.

Gemini (May 21 - June 21) Gemini's need a profession that keeps them motivated and interested -- no two days at work should be the same. Gemini from the survey reported working such jobs as art/design/architecture, nursing and personal care, sales, law enforcement, firefighting and machine operation -- all of which are right up a Gemini's alley.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22) Cancers are energetic, kindhearted, imaginative and protective. Their personalities usually fare well in law, psychology, teaching or nursing. Survey respondents said they worked in government, legal services, advertising, higher education, machine operation, transportation and military, all of which are in line with Cancer personality traits.

Leo (July 23 - August 22) Leos have a true lust for power and leadership. They are confident, optimistic and charismatic -- they have no problem winning people over with their charm. Government, legal services, art/design/architecture, engineering, entertainment, real estate and education, are all areas suited for Leos; luckily those are the professions reported in the survey, too.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Virgos are detail-oriented with a passion for knowledge and meaning. Careers that require accuracy and research are well-suited to these folks. Some professions Virgo reported in the survey included social work, sales, editing/writing and food preparation.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) Libras are diplomatic and sociable -- they need human interaction in order to be happy in a career. They are also easy-going, cooperative and are able to reach a compromise easily. Taking all of these factors into consideration, Libras from the survey are on course as they work in government, social work, advertising, machine operation, law enforcement, firefighting, sales and education.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) Analytical, intuitive and resourceful, Scorpios are drawn to mystery and all things complex and abnormal. Occupations well-matched to this personality are in science, investigation or politics. Scorpios from the survey said they work in such careers as legal services, engineering, science, education, construction and skilled trades.

Sagittarius (November 11 - December 21) Sagittarians are spiritual, positive and ethical; they also love to travel and learn new skills. Editing/writing, marketing/public relations, entertainment, hotel/recreation, IT and military, the careers reported in the survey, are all fitting for Sagittarians.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) Capricorns are persistent, responsible and dogmatic; they thrive in positions of power and where you can apply your common sense. Capricorns reported working in art/design/architecture, nursing, science, IT, sales, farming and food preparation, which are all fitting to this zodiac.

Looks like the survey respondents are in line with what's written in the stars.

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