QUIZ: How Much Money Do You Need for Your Dream Life?

By Arkansas NEXT: Money on Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Wondering about how much money you’ll need to make in your future career to live the life you want? This game can help you figure that out and offer some possible career paths based on your lifestyle preferences!


Lifestyle Quiz

Lifestyle Quiz

HOUSING (Choose One)



UTILITIES (Choose All That Apply)



FOOD (Choose One)


HEALTH CARE (Choose All That Apply)


PERSONAL CARE (Choose All That Apply)




ENTERTAINMENT (Choose All That Apply)



MONTHLY EXTRAS (Choose All That Apply)




SAVINGS PER PAYCHECK (Choose One)



STUDENT LOAN (Choose One)




TRANSPORTATION (Choose One)




CLOTHING (Choose All That Apply)




Reality Check Results

What career do you need to afford the life you want?

You’ll need to make the following salary range out of college to live the life you’re picturing for yourself. Use this information to guide you as you consider the cost of college and majors to pursue and ensure you are able to afford your goals. Match more careers to your results here.

39 points or fewer - $23,000 to $43,000/year

Careers that could work:

  • Animal trainer
  • Customer service representative
  • Nursing assistant
  • Coach/scout

40-49 points - $53,000 to $63,000/year

Careers that could work:

  • High school teacher
  • Electrician
  • Dietician/nutritionist
  • Social media manager

50-59 points - $63,000 to $73,000/year

Careers that could work:

  • Accountant
  • Occupational therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • Detective/investigator

60-69 points - $73,000 to $83,000/year

Careers that could work:

  • Software developer
  • Civil engineer
  • Construction manager
  • Speech-language pathologist

70-79 points - $83,000 to $93,000/year

Careers that could work:

  • Lawyer
  • Database administrator
  • Physical therapist
  • IT manager

80-89 points - $93,000 to $103,000/year

Careers that could work:

  • Commercial pilot
  • Marketing executive
  • Chief executives
  • Banker

90 points or more - More than $103,000/year

Careers that could work:

  • Physician assistant or nurse practitioner
  • Data scientist
  • Financial manager
  • Judge
  • Medical doctor (all specialties)

Editor’s note: Salary data gathered from careeronestop.org