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Is your next job is written in the stars?

By Meg Donohue
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( -- Come on, admit it. You sneak a peak 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.

Amazingly, horoscopes can occasionally tip even a cynic toward reluctant self-discovery.

Here's a list of characteristic personality traits and suggested career options for each sign of the zodiac (with help from

Who knows? This list might just predict your future.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Your traits: 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: Look for jobs that allow you to flex your imagination and work either independently or as a leader. Ariens often succeed in creative fields such as journalismexternal link, publicityexternal link, publishingexternal link and advertisingexternal link. A leadership position in the militaryexternal link or law enforcementexternal link is another potential match.

Famously successful Ariens: Leonardo Da Vinci, Aretha Franklin, Thomas Jefferson

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your traits: 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 financeexternal link and accountingexternal link. Artistic Taureans should look for careers in architectureexternal link or landscapingexternal link.

Famously successful Taureans: Sigmund Freud, Audrey Hepburn, William Shakespeare

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Your traits: 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 academiaexternal link, researchexternal link, investigative journalismexternal link or fields that require travelexternal link. Geminis are often good with their hands, and therefore might consider working in constructionexternal link or carpentryexternal link.

Famously successful Geminis: John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Marilyn Monroe

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Your traits: 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 healthcareexternal link, social workexternal link, psychologyexternal link or teachingexternal link. You might also consider a career in law, where your desire to protect and defend others would be put to good use.

Famously successful Cancers: Diana, Princess of Wales, Nelson Mandela, Nelson Rockefeller

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Your traits: 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 politicsexternal link or filmexternal link, or in an entrepreneurialexternal link business role that allows you to manage others.

Famously successful Leos: Bill Clinton, Alfred Hitchcock, Jacqueline Onassis

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Your traits: 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 medicineexternal link, lawexternal link, researchexternal link or teachingexternal link. Since Virgos are detail-oriented, they often succeed in accountingexternal link, statisticsexternal link and programmingexternal link.

Famously successful Virgos: Ray Charles, Stephen King, Mother Teresa

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Your traits: 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 serviceexternal link, philanthropyexternal link, lawexternal link and medicineexternal link. Libras' imaginative nature also lends them to careers in the artsexternal link.

Famously successful Libras: Mahatma Gandhi, Jesse Jackson, Eleanor Roosevelt

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Your traits: 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, policeexternal link investigation and the militaryexternal link fitting fields for you. A career in espionage, physics or astronomy would serve your inquisitive nature.

Famously successful Scorpios: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Gates, Pablo Picasso

Sagittarius (November 11-December 21)

Your traits: 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 scienceexternal link, theologyexternal link, lawexternal link, politicsexternal link and public serviceexternal link. Careers that allow for travelexternal link will also be of interest to Sagittarians.

Famously successful Sagittarians: Jane Austen, Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Your traits: 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 engineeringexternal link and constructionexternal link.

Famously successful Capricorns: Benjamin Franklin, Howard Hughes, Martin Luther King

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Your traits: 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 photographyexternal link, musicexternal link, writingexternal link and actingexternal link. Aquarians are visionaries, and therefore are also suited to scienceexternal link, aviationexternal link and computer technologyexternal link.

Famously successful Aquarians: Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Gertrude Stein

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Your traits: 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 healthcareexternal link, social workexternal link, philanthropyexternal link or veterinary scienceexternal link. The artistic, imaginative side of Pisceans would be engaged by a career in theaterexternal link or filmexternal link.

Famously successful Pisceans: Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Taylor, George Washington

Meg Donohue is a writer and blogger for She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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