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

By Arkansas NEXT: Money on Friday, May 14, 2021

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!

(Choose one)

  Living at home
  One-bedroom apartment
  Two-bedroom apartment

(Choose more than one)

  Cell phone  
  Water and gas

(Choose one)

 Eat at home
 Home and fast food
 Home and fine dining
 Mostly restaurants

(Choose one)

 Public transportation
 Used car
 Average car
 Luxury car

(Choose one)

 Less than $50 per month
 $51-$100 per month
 $101-$150 per month
More than $150 per month

Health care
(Choose one)

 Basic insurance
 Premium insurance

(Choose more than one)

 Basics (toiletries, face wash, shower items)
 Gym membership
 Hair and skin services
 Extras (makeup, perfume/cologne)
 Luxuries (designer brands)

(Choose more than one)

 Streaming services
 Go out at least once a week
 Attend concerts, weekend trips and other activities
 Longer vacations and adventures that will require hotel and travel expenses like plane tickets

(Choose more than one)

 Miscellaneous small purchases like coffee, gifts, etc.
 Pet care
 Vacation spending, not including hotel and travel expenses
 Home furnishings

Savings per paycheck
(Choose one)

 10% – highly recommended!

Student loan
(Choose one)

 Certificate program
 Associate degree
 Bachelor’s degree
 Master’s degree
 Medical school/dental school/law school, etc.



Reality Check Results

(Salaries are based on the average for Arkansans)

29 points or fewer

  • Agriculture and Food Science Tech
  • Animal Trainer
  • Artist
  • Baker
  • Loan Originator
  • Counselor
  • Travel Guide

30-39 points

  • Auto Body Repairer
  • Chef/Head Cook
  • Coach/Scout
  • Writer/Author
  • Welder
  • Social Worker
  • Real Estate Agent

40-49 points

50-59 points

  • Accountant
  • Architect
  • Art Director
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Technical Writer
  • Registered Nurse
  • Public Relations Specialist

60-69 points

  • Chemist
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Construction Manager
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Microbiologist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer

70-79 points

  • App Developer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Psychologist
  • Political Science Professor
  • Food Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Investment Banker

80-89 points

  • Financial Adviser
  • Construction Manager
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Software Developer
  • Pilot

90 points or more
More than $101k

  • Medical Doctor (all specialties)
  • Dentist
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Pharmacist
  • CEO
  • Financial Manager

Source: Arkansas Next “What they Pay” Bureau of Labor Statistics