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Dream Jobs 2010

The willingness to jump off an obvious career path, make a sudden change in direction, and, sometimes, take advantage of a stroke of luck landed these 10 technologists their dream jobs

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Images: Dreamworks Animation; Photo-illustration: Statik Digital
Images: Dreamworks Animation; Photo-illustration: Statik Digital

Some careers proceed along a nice, neat path. But the 10 technologists in this year’s Dream Jobs report found their journeys full of unexpected twists, dramatic surprises, and what probably looked to others like complete about-faces.

Take Rick Armstrong. He started out as a sound engineer, but now he spends his workdays aboard small aircraft, tapping away at his laptop to create detailed 3-D maps.

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