Want to know who the "1 percent" are? Here's a look by CNN Money about how much you need to earn to make the cut and which occupations are likeliest to be members of the club.

 

First of all, you need to be earning at least $389,000; that was the adjusted gross income of the top 1 percent of wealthiest Americans in 2011, the most recent year for which the Internal Revenue Service has final data. The minimum threshold was a lot higher in 2007 before the financial crisis - $426,439.

 

Collectively, the 1 percent pay a bigger share of income taxes than their share of adjusted gross income: As a group, the top 1 percent earned nearly 19 percent of all adjusted gross income reported in 2011, but paid 35 percent of all federal income taxes.

 

In terms of careers, the same professions have long been represented in the 1 percent, according to an analysis of IRS data from 1979 through 2005 by tax researchers at Williams College and the Treasury Department. Those professions include executives at nonfinancial companies, financial professionals, doctors, lawyers and an occupational category that lumps together computer, math, engineering and technical jobs in nonfinancial firms.

 

Sounds like a good argument for STEM careers.